Senior Ray Yu Wins Prestigious YoungArts Award


Congratulations to senior Ray Yu on being named a 2024 YoungArts award winner! Founded in 1981, YoungArts identifies exceptional young artists, amplifies their potential, and invests in their lifelong creative freedom.

This year, more than 9,000 students applied over 10 disciplines and 700 were named winners. Ray was one of a handful of Tenor Saxophone players selected for the award in the Jazz category.  

“Ray has been a member of Park’s Jazz Collective since 9th Grade, and has been a leader in the music program. He connects with audiences with his vibrant performance style, and mentors students in Grades 5-12, often sitting in with the younger Jazz students in rehearsals. Ray plans to attend a music conservatory next fall.”
– Maeve Royce (Lower, Middle, and Upper School Music)

The YoungArts Award recognizes work that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong sense of artistry; and a depth of thinking/performance that exceeds the level of peers at this career stage. Winners are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. Award winners are offered a lifetime of artistic support and ongoing connection with an extraordinarily robust network of peers and mentors.

YoungArts award winners are the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12, in the U.S. are encouraged to apply in the discipline of their choice. 

Congratulations to Ray! 

Learn more about the YoungArts program here.

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