Meet Our 2019 Concerto Competition Winners

We’re pleased to announce CYSO’s 2019 Concerto Competition winners for Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra. Concerto Competition winners will perform at CYSO concerts during the 2019-2020 season, so stay tuned for details as concert programs are announced next year. Read on to learn more about this year’s winners!


Nicholas Boettcher
Honorable Mentions: Claire Metcalf (violin), Hila Dahari (violin)
Nicholas Boettcher, 15, studies double bass with Andy Anderson and music with Sooka Wang. He previously studied with Sally Gross. Nicholas is a semifinalist in the International Society of Bassists Performance Competition which will take place this June. In April, Nicholas will perform with the Chicago Philharmonic, the youngest musician ever selected for its Spotlight program. He has played with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, and was selected for the Chicago Youth in Music program, directed by Riccardo Muti. Nicholas is principal bass for CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra and Naperville North High School Orchestra.
Nicholas is a three time first place winner of the CYSO Double Double Workshop’s Orchestral Excerpt Competition, and also won first place in the Elsie Sterrenberg String Scholarship Competition, the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club Scholarship Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, for which he performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has performed in masterclasses for Alexander Hanna, Rachel Calin, Ian Hallas, and Kate Nettleman, among others.
Nicholas developed and implemented The No Repeats Project, a music mentor program at a local juvenile detention center that uses music to help incarcerated teens increase self-esteem and confidence. Last summer, he toured central Europe with the CYSO and attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival studying with Kurt Muroki. This summer he will join CYSO’s Tour of the Baltics. Nicholas is a member of the Naperville North basketball team, and really enjoys a good steak!

Philharmonic Orchestra

Eytan Raviv
Honorable Mention: Emma Scofield (cello), Anika Veda (flute), Henry Auxenfans (violin)
Eytan Raviv is a graduate of the Chicago Jewish Day School and currently attends the Latin School of Chicago.  He has studied cello with Megan Lauderbach, Nina Wallenberg, and Blake Brasch and is a current student of Hans Jorgen Jensen and Oleksa Mycyk.  In September, 2018, Eytan was thrilled to join the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.  His previous chamber music ensemble work includes groups at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and the Chicago Chamber Music Festival.  Eytan has also been fortunate to participate in master classes with the Lincoln Trio, Amy Barston, Carey Cheney, Pam Davenport, Linc Smelser, and Karen Basrak.  Eytan was a winner of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival’s concerto competition in 2017, playing Haydn’s Concerto No 1 in C Major with the Northeastern Illinois University Orchestra, was runner up in the Lakeview Orchestra’s concerto competition in 2018, and was chosen to play with Yo-Yo Ma as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Chicago Youth in Music Festival String Symposium.  Volunteer work with enthusiastic and hard-working students at the Merit School of Music makes Thursday evenings a highlight of Eytan’s week.  When he is not playing his cello, Eytan enjoys soccer, filmmaking, and riding his skateboard.


Chrissy Jung
Honorable Mention: Joshua Wolford (violin)

Chrissy Jung, 13, is a 7th grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School. She has been playing violin since the age of seven. Chrissy has been a member of CYSO for two years, serving as concertmaster for Concert Orchestra both years.
Chrissy has won various competitions in both piano and violin, including the Granquist Competition (2015, 2016, 2017). She received 2nd place at the 2014 Chicago International Music Association Competition and honorable mention at the 2014 Festival in Honor of Confucius. She also played first violin in the 2018 ILMEA festival.
Besides playing the violin and piano, Chrissy loves math challenges, reading books, and using her creativity to paint, draw, and sculpt. She currently studies with Jenny Jung.

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