2019 LSB YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION WINNER
Heaven Kim started playing the flute as a third-grader under the tutelage of Ms. Patricia Czarnecki and has loved it ever since. She subsequently continued her studies with Mr. Richard Aaron. Currently a sophomore at Homestead High School, she not only loves to take part in high-level academic classes and clubs like the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), but also enjoys various musical activities. Heaven performs in the Homestead High School Chamber Orchestra and Pit Orchestra. She also plays at her church and with other talented musicians at various nursing homes.
As a flautist, Heaven has earned seats with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for several years. She has performed with the Wind Ensemble and served as Concert Mistress in the Flute Chorale and Assistant-Principal in the Flute Chamber Ensemble. Heaven has also participated in the Concerto Competitions at MYSO each year. She was named runner-up in the 2018 and 2019 MYSO’s Chamber Flute Concerto Competition, won the Concerto Competition for the Flute Chorale in 2016, and was named the honorable mention in 2015 MYSO’s Flute Chorale Concerto Competition.
She has auditioned for and accepted invitations for two years to take part in the WSMA Middle Level Honors Band, as the third chair flautist in 2015 and the Principal flautist in 2016. She will also be participating in this year’s (2019-2020) WSMA High School State Honors Band.
Though the flute is her main instrument, Heaven also plays the violin and the piano. Currently she is a first violinist in Senior Symphony (the highest-level orchestra at MYSO), and a leader in the Chamber Orchestra at her high school. She was concert mistress last year for the string orchestra at Homestead. As a violinist, she has also participated in the WSMA High School State Honors Orchestra in the 2016-2017 program as well as the 2017-2018 program.
Additionally, Heaven has participated in the WSMA Solo/Ensemble program for over five years, each time earning spots to go to the state level in both flute and violin solos. These experiences have allowed Heaven to explore the world of music and take on challenges to grow as a musician. More than ever, she hopes that she can strengthen her skills so she can continue to perform and love what she does.
Heaven is very thankful to all of her teachers, especially to Ms. Pat Czarnecki and Mr. Richard Aaron. Through her own passion for music, Ms. Czarnecki has led Heaven to meaningfully experience the wonderful art of flute music. Mr. Aaron's encouragement and ability to make music fun has motivated Heaven to pursue her own dreams in making music that has the power to uplift and inspire others. Heaven is also very thankful to her parents, fellow musicians, and her band and orchestra directors for everything they have done. She is very proud and thankful to have won the Lakeshore Band Young Artist Competition.