Awards to
High School Seniors

The 2021–22 Season Award Winners

Symphony Association Award
One of two awards established by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.
This year one award is given in honor of longtime orchestra member Nan Davies.

The LAS Association Award in honor of Nan Davies goes to Harshita Krupadanam, a student at Quarry Lane School who has been a member of Quarry Lane’s Tri-M Honor Society throughout high school and now serves as its president. Harshita has wide-ranging experience with music, from playing in the Valley Handbell Academy’s highest-level handbell choir since seventh grade, to being a violin soloist with her school’s jazz band in ninth grade, to being a finalist at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Poland in 2018. She won the grand prize from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in their 2019 MyFaveElement contest with a sing-along she wrote (about silicon). In 2019 and 2021, she played violin in the LAS Youth Orchestra. Harshita plans to become a scientific researcher after college and graduate school.

Arthur P. Barnes Award
This Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Award is named in honor of
Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

Cheryl Tang receives the Arthur P. Barnes Award. A student at Dougherty Valley High School, Cheryl plays piano and violin. She has received awards in competitions including the Asia Open Piano Competition, Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival, and Hong Kong Youth Barclampory Music Festival. Cheryl has played in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. She founded and has conducted her school’s orchestra. Since 2020, she has taught piano and violin to children ages 6 to 13. As a volunteer music tutor, she has helped raise funds for organizations combating COVID-19. With the Tri-Valley Youth Music Group, she has performed for the elderly in senior housing. Cheryl plans to participate in orchestras and ensembles during college and continue to tutor students.

John H. Green Memorial Award
Established by Tot and John W. Green in memory of their son, John H. Green;
he played horn, attended Granada High School,
and received a Symphony Association Award.

The 2021 John H. Green Memorial Award goes to Livermore High School student William Crowhurst, who plays trombone, guitar, and bass. William has won awards at the Folsom Jazz Festival for outstanding musicianship and at the Campana Jazz Festival as outstanding musician. A past member of the LHS concert and marching bands and a current member of the honor symphonic band, since tenth grade he has played in the LHS honors jazz band and in the youth jazz band Element 116. He has performed with Element 116, led by his trombone teacher, Matt Finders, at the VA Medical Center in Livermore and at the LAS Pops concert in October. He recently helped at a fundraising event for Livermore’s Quest Science Center, bringing guitar effect pedals to demonstrate and explain how they work. In college, William plans to major in physics or math and minor in music.

Bill King Memorial Award
Established by Jean and Walter King in memory of their son, Bill;
he loved music and played cello and trombone
at Jackson and East Avenue Middle Schools.

This year’s recipient of the Bill King Memorial Award is Amador Valley High School student Ellen Kim. Ellen plays piano and violin, but her primary instrument is violin. She intends to major in violin performance or psychology in college. A student of Christina Mok of Symphony San Jose, Ellen has participated in the Philadelphia International Music Festival and Berkeley’s Junior Bach Festival, for example. She has been a member of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley since eleventh grade. In ninth and tenth grades, she was a member of the California Youth Symphony in Palo Alto and also played in pit orchestras at Amador. Last year she provided comfort packages including music recordings to John Muir Hospital doctors, and she plays in the HopeBox Charity Youth Orchestra based in San Jose, which raises money for impoverished children.

General Information
The Symphony Association wishes to recognize students who have been active in music during their high school careers. The awards are based on participation in musical events and activities, particularly activities that support music education and music in the community.

All high school seniors who reside and/or attend school in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, or San Ramon, California, or who have actively participated as LAS musicians, are invited to apply for one of the (as of 3/28/22:) $500 awards administered by the Symphony Association. 

The awards include the John H. Green Memorial Award; the Bill King Memorial Award; and two Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Awards. This year, one of the Association Awards is named in honor of Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes. The second Association Award has been given this season in honor of longtime orchestra member Nan Davies.

Applications for the 2021–22 season awards may be downloaded for reference as a Word document or as a pdf file, but the awards were presented at the Symphony’s concert on the evening of December 4, 2021.

If you have questions or are unable to submit an application by email, please contact LAS Awards Committee Chair Nissa Nack at 925.484.1942 or

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