Lawrence pianist YoungArts music finalist

Lawrence pianist Chaeyoung Park, 16, has been named a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in music.

Park was selected from 11,000 applicants in 10 disciplines in literary, performing, visual and design arts fields, and is among 171 finalists total. She is a student of Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith, both faculty members at Kansas University.

From Jan. 6-12, the finalists will participate in the 33rd annual YoungArts week in Miami, taking intense master classes and workshops taught by internationally renowned artists and performing their work in public spaces. Finalists’ work will be judged further to determine additional awards, the top level receiving $10,000.

The National YoungArts Foundation, founded in 1981, was created to support and nurture the artistic development of young artists from grades 10 through 12. All winners are added to the prestigious alumni list.

YoungArts alumni include actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; CEO of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj, Chris Young and Josh Groban, among many other talented leading professionals in their respective fields.


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