The winner of 2018 scholarship for young musicians sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (SOLA) is pianist Sahun Hong, a graduate student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, John Hopkins University.

Hong, also known as Sam, performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C. Minor Opus 18 to win the $2,500 prize.

 The second place prize of $2,000 in the annual Mary Graham Lasley competition went to  Morgan Short, who played Handel’s Harp Concerto in B flat Major.   Ms Short is a student in the University of North Carolina’s music program.

Ryo Usami of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston won the third prize of $1,500  in the March 18 competition in the new Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. He played the Violin Concerto in d minor, Opus 47 Allegro moderato by Sibelius.

Rebecca Barnett, a senior music student at the University of Maryland, received an Honorable Mention award.   She played the Viola Concerto Opus 37, by Rozsa.



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The scholarships are given through the trust established by the family of the late Mary Graham Lasley, who was an active volunteer in the Alexandria and Washington D. C. arts community in the 1970s and early 1980’s.  SOLA volunteers publicize and organize the MGL scholarship contest, which is open to instrumental music students under the age of 26 who are enrolled in colleges and conservatories.  Ten students applied for this year’s event, which was judged by three professional and academic musicians from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Army Band, and Northern Virginia Community College.