Talented violinist and Upper School student Nathan Sariowan, Class of 2020, took first place at the San Diego Branch VOCE Competition on Sunday, Jan. 7. Nathan placed first in the intermediate strings division and is now eligible to compete in the state finals this April.

VOCE is a distinguished competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber music and invites talented students to perform as soloists and in ensembles at the branch (local) and state level. The competition was created in 1971 by two members of the Music Teachers’ Association of California to provide solo and chamber ensemble opportunities for students. VOCE stands for Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber groups, and Ensembles.

In addition to his recent win, Nathan played onstage with The Piano Guys in early December and participated in a masterclass with renowned concertmaster for The Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil, in November.

Preucil is a founding member of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival. Each year, members of the festival orchestra teach master classes to the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. Nathan is a member of the youth orchestra and learned invaluable lessons from Preuss and Cleveland Orchestra member Sonja Braaten during the three-day masterclass.