Jeanne Phillips Youth Competition Winner

Zachary Fung
2015 Jeanne Phillips Youth Competition Winner

Zachary Fung is an 8th grade student at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. He started learning the piano at age 4 and cello at age 9. He has been studying the Cello with Sarah Yoon. Currently, Zachary is a member of Youth Chamber Orchestra and String Trio of Temple Music Prep, Center for Gifted Young Musician, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), and Piano Trio in Settlement Music School. Previously, he was also a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Players.

In 2013, he won the Yocum Piano Competition, and was also a member of the National Guild of Piano for several years. Recently, Zachary received honorable mention by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County Junior Competition. This summer, he will be attending Eastern Music Festival. Apart from playing the Cello, Zachary also likes to compose, write poetry, read and swim.

Braden Ellis
2014 Jeanne Phillips Youth Competition Winner

Braden Ellis, a double bass player, is a member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and studies with Joanne Bates. He has been the principal bassist in three of Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musician’s orchestras, and played in the PRYSM youth Orchestra under the direction of Willian DePasquale. At Temple, he was the recipient of the Loeb Performing Arts Fund Scholarship. He also sang in Settlement Music School’s Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir for two years.

Braden is a 2013 cohort member of A Better Chance and will attend The Shipley School in 2014. He is a Science Explorer’s teacher’s assistant, where he helps K-4 students at New Eagle Elementary School explore science projects. He takes Mandarin lessons at Great Wall Chinese School in Rosemont, Pa. Braden also enjoys sports and fences epee with the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. He enjoys reading, programming, soldering electronics, and attends summer camp at Luzerne Music Center.