The Wilcox Award was established in 1945 to perpetuate the memory of Minnie Sneed Wilcox, who founded the club in 1923 and served as president until her death in 1941.
Recipients of this award are the first and second place winners among the 9th through 11th grade contestants in the high school competition.
The first place winner will receive a Wilcox Award of $800. The second place winner will receive a Wilcox Award of $700.
Many former winners now enjoy important musical careers. The Wilcox Awards are supported by the club budget, individual contributions, and earned interest. In 2007, the funds were substantially increased by donations to the Wilcox Maurer Friends Campaign, and by a large contribution from club member Maria de Waal Putter.
Winners of the Wilcox Award since 2005 are as follows:
2018 Eliot Kim, Violin ——— Kevin Yu, Piano
2017 Margaret Seo, Violin ——– Corbin King, Tenor
2016 Jonathan Qi, Piano ——– Isabelle Hsiao, Piano
2015 Eunice Lee, Piano —— Juhee Suh, Violin
2014 Grace Song, Violin —— Edward Wang, Piano
2013 Rebecca Chen, Piano —— Daniel Smarda, Flute
2012 Christopher Henselman, Piano —— Edward Wang, Piano
2011 Steven Lai, Piano —— Wells Leng, Piano
2010 Danny Chen, Violin and Katie Velasquez, Flute (tie) —— Jessica Hwang, Piano
2009 Michelle Suh, Violin —– Danny Chen, Violin
2008 Jonathan Chang, Violin —— Jonathan Torkelson, Violin
2007 Nola Lu, Piano —— Christina Torkelson, Piano
2006 Stephanie Chen, Piano —— Joseph O’Hara, Saxophone
“Keeping the music alive for the future.”