Metropolitan Youth Music Foundation


Junwoo Kim placed first in both solo and ensemble in the Washington National Youth Competition, Quebec International Music Competition, International Youth Music Competition, Charleston International Competition, and the PVYO Concerto Competition and won prizes in the North International Music Competition, Virtuoso International Music Competition, YMIC International Competition and Metropolitan Classical Music Festival. 

Junwoo has been a part of the Maryland All County and Allstate Honors Band since 7th grade and was assistant principal in the All County Band during his 9th grade year. Junwoo has played as assistant principal and principal in the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia. 

Phoebe Hong

2020-2022 Montgomery County Communications Head
Growing up in a household where Bach, Handel and Beethoven were heard as often as Nat King Cole and Jane Monheit, Phoebe has been interested in the language of music from childhood. She composed short songs as a child. She continued composing into middle school and has won composition competitions in the past such as National PTA Reflections, placing first in Montgomery County, and second in the state of Maryland in 2016, and honorable mention in the state of Maryland in 2017. She started her piano studies with Dr. Jeong Seon Choi at age eight. Expanding from piano, Phoebe played the violin and flute in 4th grade and 5th grade respectively, then committed to clarinet as her second instrument in 6th grade. After only one year of study, she was selected to the top band at Herbert Hoover Middle School by audition. She became a clarinet student of Arianna Beyer, US Navy Band, in the fall of 2018, and was selected to the All County Junior Honors Band by audition in 9th grade. Currently a sophomore, she is a member of the audition-only top band at Winston Churchill High School. She was selected to the All County Senior Honors Band for the current school year, and selected by audition on piano and clarinet for Young Artists of America orchestra, the resident youth ensemble at Strathmore Hall. On clarinet this year, she has received honorable mention in the AAMS International Competition, third place in the YMIC International Solo and Ensemble Festival, and honorable mention in the City of Gaithersburg Young Artist Competition. To complement her instrumental music studies, she is currently enrolled in AP Music Theory. In addition to her musical background, she is an honor student at school, a black belt in tae kwon do, and ran on the cross country team at Churchill where she qualified to run in select invitational meets. Phoebe is currently the Libero on an Open level team at Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club and was elected Captain by her teammates.