Congratulations are in order for Valencia High School senior, Aaron Kim, who has earned the 2022 Orange County Register Artist of the Year distinction for instrumental music. Aaron received this recognition alongside six other Artists of the Year from various Orange County high schools in the categories of dance, vocal music, computer-assisted visual arts, theater, handcrafted visual arts, and film and animation.
Aaron’s undeniable musicianship as a violinist won him this award out of 92 instrumental music nominees across multiple Orange County high schools and arts organizations.
According to the Orange County Register, Aaron has placed first or second in a variety of solo and ensemble competitions. He’s been concertmaster for Valencia’s Sinfonia Orchestra since his sophomore year and has also served as conductor in rehearsals.”
Bruce Topping, Valencia High School Music Director and Orchestra Conductor, praised Aaron’s natural talent and strong leadership skills. “Aaron works well with other musicians and I believe that Aaron’s orchestra colleagues follow and admire his obvious dedication to orchestra and are inspired by his leadership. Aaron is a serious, intelligent, and thoughtful musician and young man.”
The Artist of the Year program is produced by the Orange County Register and hosted by the Chapman College of Performing Arts with sponsorship from the Laguna College of Art and Design, which will reward the top seven Artists of the Year with a monetary prize alongside their new title.
Read more about Aaron’s connection to his music and the Artist of the Year program with the following link. Way to go, Tiger!