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 9th through 11th grade contestants in the high school competition. Due to the pandemic, no competition for these grades was held in 2020 and 2021. The first place award for 2023 is $2050 and the second place award is $1850.
The Wilcox Awards are supported by the club budget, individual contributions, earned interest, and the Steinway Piano Gallery of Austin.
First and Second Place Winners of the Wilcox Award since 2005 are as follows:
2023 Jiaton Gao, Piano —————Peter Kim, Violin
2023 This year there were also 5 honorable mentions (Nadia Verlinksy, Flute — Yochen Zhong, Cello — Lerchen Zhong, Violin — Vincent Cao, Piano — Joseph Zhang, Violin
2022 Thomas Nguyen, Piano———Peter Kim, Violin
2019 Kellan Cao, Piano ———- Sophia Amalia Ayer, Violin
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