Awards to
High School Seniors

The 2020–21 Season Award Winners

Symphony Association Award
One of two awards established by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.
This year one award is given in memory of Marion Stearns.Andrew Choi

The LAS Association Award in memory of Marion Stearns goes to Andrew Choi, a student at Amador Valley High School whose violin teacher is Helen Kim. Andrew was concertmaster of the AVHS orchestra during 9th grade, principal second violin in 10th grade, and has been concertmaster since then. He has played violin in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra throughout high school and was principal second violin during a European tour with the group. A first-prize winner at the Silicon Valley Concerto Competition and the Concerto Competition of the Korean-American Music Supporters’ Association, Andrew is also a mentor with the Korean Young Dream Orchestra. He cofounded Music4Heart with three other young musicians in 11th grade. Their group provided music at senior centers in person prior to the COVID-19 pandemic; now they perform virtually and have, for example, raised funds to help provide Pleasanton Unified School District staff with safety equipment like masks and face shields. Andrew plans to study economics and business in college while continuing to study music.

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

Alexander Canicosa-Miles receives the Arthur P. Barnes Award. Alexander has been a member of the LAS cello section; a winner of our 2018–2019 Competition for Young Musicians, performing the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with LAS in February 2019; and a featured performer at LAS concerts at four Dublin and Pleasanton elementary schools in April 2019. He has played in Valley Dance Theatre and Ohlone College pit orchestras and in the 2019 UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. This is Alexander’s third year as a cello student of Jonathan Koh in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division. Homeschooled, Alexander has performed in chamber groups and small orchestras at SFCM and has won competitions ranging from the Burlingame Music Club Student Competition, in the Bay Area, to the Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition of the Kamuela Philharmonic, in Hawaii. Alexander plans to continue his studies in music as he faces “the challenge of planning for a certain future in a very uncertain world.”

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.Konrad Owczarek

The recipient of the John H. Green Memorial Award this year is Livermore High School student Konrad Owczarek, a trombone player who took private lessons throughout high school until the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. Konrad played in the LHS concert band in 9th grade, marching band during 9th and 10th grades, and symphonic band starting in 10th grade, where he is now principal trombone. He has played in the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra, been a Tri-M Honor Society member at LHS, participated in the Livermore School District Solo & Ensemble Festival, and even given a presentation about the trombone in his LHS FIT (Freshman in Transition) class. Konrad played the national anthem as a member of a trombone choir at a concert at the Bankhead Theater, an Oakland A’s baseball game, softball and football games, and a police forensics seminar. He plans to major in software engineering or a similar field in college but hopes to continue playing the trombone throughout college and beyond.

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

This year’s recipient of the Bill King Memorial Award is Amador Valley High School student Igor Aprelev, who plays clarinet and alto saxophone and sings. Joe Bonfiglio is Igor’s clarinet teacher, and Michael Hernandez is his saxophone teacher. A winner of our 2019–2020 Competition for Young Musicians, Igor performed the first movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 with LAS in February 2020. He has played clarinet in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra since 11th grade. At AVHS, he has sung as a bass vocalist in the chamber choir and played clarinet in the marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, and orchestra. He has played clarinet in the pit orchestra for a Pleasanton School District production of Cinderella and been accepted to California All-State Honor Bands on clarinet and All-Northern Honor Bands on saxophone. Igor intends to major in economics in college, but he also expects to participate in musical ensembles, with music continuing to be a key part of his life.

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 $400 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, one of which is named in honor of Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

For reference, applications for the 2020–21 season awards may be downloaded as a Word document or as a pdf file. Applications for the 2021-2022 awards will be available in late August 2021.

If you have questions, please contact LAS Awards Committee Chair Nissa Nack at 925.484.1942 or

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