Kyle Jannak-Huang, 15, has studied piano with Brenda Huang for 10 years. Kyle was named the winner of the 2012 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, and he will perform with the Chicago Symphony during 2012/2013 season. He played with the Lake Forest Symphony under the baton of Alan Heatherington in March, 2011 as the winner of the Steinway Concerto Competition. He was the Silver Medalist in the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition. Kyle was the winner of 2011 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Open Senior Piano Division. He was the first place winner of 2011 NWSMTA Awards Competition in Senior Division. Kyle was the first place winner in all divisions at the Society of American Musicians Competition that includes the Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions. He was the Illinois state winner of the ISMTA competition junior division in 2009. Kyle has won first place at the Confucius Music Festival for the Primary, Junior I, and Junior II divisions. He performed in the Young Steinway Concert Series at Skokie Library in 2010. In 2009, Kyle played with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as a selected winner of the Sixth Annual DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers.
In his spare time, Kyle likes playing tennis, snowboarding, and paintballing.
Heeyoung Yang holds a M.M. in composition from Yonsei University (Korea) and
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she studied with Joel Hoffman. She
attended Aspen Music Festival and studied with George Tsontakis. Her music has been performed in
Korea, Japan, France, Croatia, Canada as well as in various place in the States. She is also active in
Christian choral music, offering various works to churches in Ohio and Indiana area, as well as in Korea
She is currently working toward her doctoral degree with Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth,
and Michael Fiday at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
by Heeyoung Yang
This is a short piece based on the Korean traditional song "Mongeumpo-Taryeon", a simple pentatonic melody. The title Mong means 'dream,' and it describes the earnest desire of a woman who longs to meet her beloved as implied in the text of the tune. The main concerns in the compositional procedure were to evoke Korean themes and to compose in simpler musical language aiming for the pre-college pianists in the competition.