SAIPC Music Ambassadors Program
Part of the SAIPC mission is to encourage the development of pianists in Greater San Antonio and Texas. In 2017, SAIPC continues its third year of our popular Music Ambassadors program for our community’s enjoyment.
Ambassadors represent SAIPC to showcase the positive experiences music can bring to people of all ages. Ambassadors must be 19 years of age or younger. Candidates come to us recommended by their piano teachers, and are selected by a panel of judges for a term lasting from September 2016 through August 2017. These outstanding young pianists will expose a wide and diverse audience to great music: Chloe Castillo, Erin Guetzloe, Breanna Humphrey, Andrew Li, Mark Rogers, Elisabeth Wang.
Ambassadors could be asked to play seasonal music or a short recital, to attend or participate in a master class, or to speak with young persons about how they chose to play piano. They might play for large crowds or small, and/or they could be the “opening act” at SAIPC-sponsored concerts by professional pianists. Music Ambassadors receive certificates and are recognized in SAIPC program books.
See the 2017 Performance Schedule for upcoming Ambassador performances.
To schedule a Music Ambassador appearance, please contact our
2016-17 Music Ambassadors
Chloe Castillo, age 11, has studied piano for 6+ years. As a student of Marsha Perkins, Chloe won 1st place (2015) and Division Finalist (2016) in the Young Artist Piano Competition at Texas State University. An active member of the Junior Tuesday Musical Club since 2nd grade, Chloe has won the Bach Circle award and Judges’ Choice for three consecutive years. Chloe received 1st place in the Petroff Piano Competition in 2014 and 2016, and 2nd place in 2015. She has scored Superior Plus every year since Kindergarten in the SAMTA Achievement Auditions, and has been selected four times for the Judges Choice Recitals in that event. In 2014 through 2016 she placed 2nd in the De Bose National Piano Competition; Outstanding Performer at McLennan State Piano Competition; and achieved Top-Talent Circle Ratings in the National Piano Guild. Chloe has received gold medals every year since the 1st grade on the Whitlock State Theory Exam. Chloe has been a Music Ambassador for SAIPC for our 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. When not playing piano, Chloe can be found reading, swimming, dancing, and playing with her dog and her friends.
Erin Guetzloe is a 15-year-old homeschooled student who has studied piano since age five, with A.J. Collins at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA) since 2012. Erin received the 2015 MACSA Young Artist Award after completing her second solo recital and traveled to New York to play in a winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall. Erin has placed in numerous competitions, most recently (2016), she placed: 2nd in the Sounds Like KPAC Competition, 1st in the J.K. Hodges Competition, 2nd in the Texas State Young Artist Competition, 1st in the Junior Tuesday Musical Club Competition, 1st in the McClennan Competition and 1st Place with Special Honors in the Chopin Society Sonatina and Sonata International Piano Competition. She was also selected for the San Antonio Music Teachers Judges Choice Recital and was a finalist in the Texas Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition. Erin served on the Junior Jury for SAIPC’s 12th Competition in June 2016. As an SMU Young Artist Award recipient, Erin received a full funding to attend the July 2016 SMU Institute for Young Pianists. Erin has also qualified to nationals the past three years for speech and debate; has already published two novels; and participates in Irish, American jazz, tap and lyrical dance, voice accompaniment, and swim team.
Breanna Humphrey has been recognized as a talented young musician who has excelled as both a pianist and a cellist. She has received many awards in the United States and Japan. Breanna made her piano solo debut with the San Angelo Symphony when she was just 8 years old. Currently, Breanna is a freshman at Ronald Reagan High School, where she maintains a straight A average. When not practicing, studying or playing the cello in the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA), Breanna swims for the Reagan swim team, rides horses, and reads.
Andrew (Andy) Li
Andy Li, age 15, attends Ronald Reagan High School. Having begun piano study at age of 5, Andy now studies with A.J. Collins at Musical Arts Centers of San Antonio (4 years); he also studies violin (4 years) and plays percussion instruments in Reagan’s national-award-winning marching band. Andy placed 1st in the Petroff Piano Competition (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and 2nd in 2013, and performed in Winners Concerts. In 2014 and 2016, Andy was awarded First Prize with Special Honors in the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition and was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. He also placed first in 2015 and 2nd in 2016 in Junior Tuesday Musical Club competition (highest in Piano). He received 3rd place (2015) and Honorable Mention (2016) awards at the Texas State Young Artist Competition. Andy has also been chosen to perform in the San Antonio Music Teachers Association Judge’s Choice Recitals many times. Besides music, Andy’s other interests include 7 years of swimming in a competitive swim club year-round, and on Reagan’s varsity swimming team. Andy is the founder and captain of an award-winning FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team — the only team among 150 San Antonio teams to advance to the 2016 World Championship. Other hobbies include reading and video gaming.
Mark Rogers, age 17, has studied piano for four years, first with Dr. Courtney Crappell and for 2 years with A.J. Collins-Thompson. He placed 1st at the Janice K. Hodges; 1st with Special Honors at the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Corpus Christi; 2nd at the Texas State piano competition; 2nd place at the SMU Young Artists Piano Competition. Mark has received superior ratings every year at the SAMTA achievement auditions as well as performed in the judges choice recitals. He performs in the pit of several musicals; is active with YOSA; accompanies about 40-50 musicians each year in UIL solo and ensemble contests; and teaches piano and trumpet lessons. He has performed in masterclasses with Bruce Berr at TMTA and with Boris Slutsky for SAIPC. Mark performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 as part of Chopin Society of Texas competition. In addition to the piano, Mark is an all-region trumpet player at Warren High School; Head Drum Major for the Warren Marching Band; and a member of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio for 8 years, performing with the San Antonio Symphony and on tours to New York and Washington DC. He will study during the summer of 2017 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His hobby is finding time to practice.
Elisabeth Wang is a sophomore at Health Careers High School and has played the piano since the age of five. She currently studies piano with A.J. Collins. She enjoys playing the cello and piano for the YOSA Philharmonic and participated in its Central Europe tour during the summer of 2016. Elisabeth was the principal cellist for her school’s varsity orchestra in 2016 and is a member of the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble at Health Careers High School. In 2016, Elisabeth received 2nd place in the Janice Kay Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition; 2nd place in the Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt; a rating of “1” as a UIL State Solo participant in piano; and 1st place in the Petroff Piano Competition. She was awarded First Prize with Honors in the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition performed in the Winner’s Concert in Carnegie Hall. Elisabeth has received gold medals for the TMTA Theory Tests from 2007 to present and has been a MACSA Performance Honor Roll recipient since 2012. In 2014, she placed 1st at the DeBose National Competition and 3rd at the Petroff Competition for her grade division; received First Prize with Honors in the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition; and performed in the Winner’s Concert in Carnegie Hall. Elisabeth placed 2nd (2015) and 1st (2016) in the San Antonio Ragtime Society Competition. Elisabeth’s other 2015 awards include 1st Place (8th grade) in the Janice Kay Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition; and selections to perform in the San Antonio Music Teachers Association Centennial Celebration and SAIPC’s Summer Student Showcase.