Senior Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Senior Scholarships!

First Place ($1200) – Joanna Ahn, student of Dana Burnett

Joanna Ahn, 18, is a senior at Westview High School. She will be attending UCLA in Fall, 2020, where she will continue her study of math and piano. Joanna began playing piano at the age of five under the guidance of her mom, Eunice Ahn, who is a piano teacher. By 2nd grade, Joanna continued studying piano with Dana Burnett, who has been her profound piano instructor for ten years. She has fulfilled many achievements throughout her music journey, including 1st place at the 2016 and 2018 MTAC Sonata Festival and passing Advanced level 10/CM as a Panel semi-finalist in 2018. Joanna has also competed with her trio, Trio Vivo, which was established in 2016. They received 1st place in the 2017 San Diego MTAC VOCE Competition and participated in the VOCE State Competition. Her trio has performed in recital programs at libraries, school events, and the 14th annual CantAmore Chorus Spring Concert. Throughout high school, Joanna volunteered countless hours performing at community events and teaching piano. Joanna accompanied the Youth En Gedi Ensemble since her freshman year under the leadership of Rebekah Yoon. Her ensemble has played at nursing homes and church events across San Diego. Joanna has also performed in annual benefit concerts for North Korean orphans with her ensemble. She has played in her mother’s annual benefit concerts for hospitals in Honduras. At school, she has participated in the Liberty in North Korea (LINK) benefit concerts during her junior and senior year. Since her freshman year, Joanna volunteered at the Academy of Music and Art for Special Education (AMASE), where she gave private piano lessons to students with special needs. Joanna thanks her family and music instructors for helping her grow as a pianist. The senior scholarship award is an exceptional accolade that she is honored to receive.

Second Place ($800 prize) – Helen Zhu, student of Jane Masur:

Helen is very thankful for MTAC and all the performance opportunities she’s been gifted. including being a member of the Young Artists Guild for 2019-2024. Since participating in CM in ninth grade, she has enjoyed working on her own programs for examinations and competitions and appreciates how much MTAC has shaped her as a musician. Outside of participating in MTAC, Helen is principal flutist at Westview High School. She has been an active member of Westview’s band program since freshman year and principal of Westview’s Wind Ensemble, Full Orchestra, and Pit Orchestra since sophomore year. Helen is also principal of SDYS’s Ovation Ensembles. Having played the flute since fifth grade, Helen considers herself almost qualified to be teaching her private students, and she plans to continue teaching and studying music during her time at UC Berkeley while studying a subject in the STEM or Business field.


DATE:  MAY  2021

Where: TBD

Fee:    $35.00

Chair:  Alyze Dreiling-Hammer


Individual scholarships may be awarded to High School Seniors who have been accepted as music majors/minors or continuing their instrument study at a two- or four-year college, university or conservatory.  All participants must have a signed copy of the NSDMTAC Consent/Release Form on file before the registration deadline.

Scholarship Rules are attached below:

NSDMTAC 2020 Scholarship Rules

NSDMTAC 2020 Scholarship Application