8 semi-finalists vying for chance to perform as guest soloist at PSO concert

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday picked eight musicians living in the United States to vie for an opportunity to perform next season with the orchestra in a concert led by Music Director Manfred Honeck.

The eight semi-finalists for the PSO’s national Concerto Competition are:

Francesco Camuglia, 21, of Las Vegas, flute
William Hagen, 19, of Salt Lake City, violin
Benjamin Hopkins, 21, of Los Angeles (hometown, Rochester, NY), piano
Manon Hutton-DeWys, 26, of Bronx, NY (hometown, Red Hook, NY), piano
Tae Kim, 29, of Boston, piano
Xiomara Mass, 23, of Chicago (hometown, Puerto Rico), oboe
Angela Park, 24, of Philadelphia (hometown, Los Angeles), cello
Kristan Toczko, 23, of New Haven, Conn. (hometown, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada), harp

The semi-finalists’ performance videos will be posted on the PSO’s You Tube Channel. Starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13, people around the world will be able to visit to view the videos and vote for their favorite semi-finalists. Voting will end at 8 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 30. Up to four finalists will receive round-trip tickets for a final audition with Honeck on June 11. The winner will be announced June 12,  receive $10,000 and perform alongside the PSO at Heinz Hall in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The semi-finalists were chosen by PSO musicians and a team of conductors, including Honeck. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition received 104 eligible videos from Feb. 9 to March 22. The PSO Concerto Competition allowed instrumental soloists in the United States, unrepresented by management, to upload videos of a performance of selected repertoire on selected instruments to the PSO’s YouTube Channel.

The competition is supported by a $50,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation. The PSO would like to thank the PPG Industries Foundation for its support of this concerto competition. Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees’ volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit


  1. Jon Kahananui says:

    Congratulations to Will Hagen, he’s from my home town. Will, He’s just an incredible person, He studies with Perlman, so what. I’ve never studied Violin in my entire life, never went to school for it, never studied privately.. Those who deserve it deserve it.. And this young man definitely deserves this. I studied Viola privately for 2 yrs, other than that everything else was my own curiosity.

    Congratulation to everyone!

  2. Midge Beckman says:

    I vote for Will Hagen

  3. Elinor Cale says:

    Kristan Toczko, my choice , was a student of mine in elementary school. Congratulations on reaching this level!!

  4. I vote for Xiomara Mass ,Oboe ,of chicago ,hometown Puerto Rico.
    Excelent performances.

  5. I vote for Xiomara Mass

  6. Jeanette Benitez says:

    vote for Xiomara Mass

  7. Janet Chisholm says:

    I vote for Kristan Toczko. I have watched her as a child starting to play the harp at First Baptist. She is a dedicated, hard working musician who has excelled in harp and deserves everyones vote.

    Congratulations Kristan…we`re all rooting for you!!!

  8. Bob Chisholm says:

    You have my vote…can`t wait to hear you won the competition…no doubt in my mind your the best

  9. Carolyn Chisholm says:

    Way to go Kristan ….you`ve got my vote!!!!

  10. Sonia Soltero says:

    I vote for Xiomara Mass. Congratulations!

  11. Pat MacNeill says:

    I vote for Kristan Toczko who is so very gifted with the harp.

  12. Madeline Cardona says:

    I vote for Xiomara Mass.

  13. Pat MacNeill says:

    I vote for Kristan Toczko who plays the harp beautifully.

  14. Pat MacNeill says:

    Kristan Toczko is a fantastic harpist

  15. Camila Ayala says:

    My vote for Xiomara Mass. Love the oboe because of you. Congratulations!!!

  16. Roberta M says:

    Vote for Kristan Toczko

  17. Barbara Felt says:

    I vote for Will Hagen. He is extremely talented.

  18. PatMacNeill says:

    Kristan Toczko is an amazing harpist who deserves to win this competition.

  19. Ann Sharp says:

    Congratulations to that young man who shovels my walks, William Hagen. You go!

  20. Wayne Lawless says:

    I am voting for Benjamin Hopkins, pianist extraordinaire!

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