The MusicaNova Young Artists season finale features Arizona School for the Arts senior Jonathan Salcedo, 17, and Sarah Zhao, 17, a junior at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, in her second appearance in the series.

Saturday, March 30
4:00 PM

Arizona Piano Company

4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix

General Admission $15
Seniors and Students $10
U18 free with paid admission

Jonathan Salcedo, 17, a senior at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) in Phoenix, discovered the trombone in 4th grade and has never turned back.  Since then, he has dedicated himself to being a classical and jazz trombonist.

Jonathan is in his 4th season with the Phoenix Youth Symphony under the direction of Matthew Kasper, Associate Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony.

He has performed in the ASA Brass Quintet, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Jonathan has been a member of Arizona’s selective Regional and All-State music festival ensembles, classical and jazz, each year of high school.He has also performed in the pit band with various youth theater productions, including: Annie, Cabaret, Newsies, Little Women and Shrek, as well as playing at local churches and party events.  

In 2018, Jonathan won first place in the statewide Young Musicians Concerto Competition for Senior Brass. In the following summer, he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a merit scholarship recipient, playing principal in the World Youth Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. At Interlochen, he studied with Mark Lusk, professor of trombone at Penn State, and Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist for the Saint Louis Symphony. In previous summers, he has attended the Eastern Music Festival and NAU’s Curry Summer Music Camp.

Jonathan has been studying with Dr. Bradley Edwards, professor of trombone at ASU, since 2016. His other principal teachers include Steve McAllister, Leslie Pozo, and Shea Marshall, with whom he studied piano and harmony.  He has also taken lessons with world-renowned jazz trombonist, Mr. Bob McChesney.

When he’s not playing trombone, Jonathan spends his time practicing piano and composing and arranging music for varying ensembles around the valley. Recently, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by his schools brass quintet, jazz combo, and brass ensemble. He is also quite accomplished in the kitchen, where he enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family.  His homemade lava cakes are a favorite!

Jonathan’s Recital Program


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Sarah Zhao, 17, is a junior at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. She began playing piano at the age of five and currently studies  with Mrs.Snezana Krstic. Sarah is a second-place winner at the MTNA State Piano Competition 2017, Senior Division, and the winner of the piano solo competition at the 2018 Arizona Music Educator Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. Sarah’s other awards include winner of the Phoenix Music Teacher Association’s Elder Piano Competition from 2013 to 2017, and ASMTA James R. Anthony Honors Recital from 2015 to 2017, as well as two-times semifinalist of the Classics Alive Young Artists Piano Competition.

In addition to playing the piano, Sarah enjoys playing violin and has been a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony since 2013. Aside from music, Sarah also loves reading, math, ballet, painting and drawing. Sarah has been a member of the Study of Exceptional Talent at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth since 2015.

Sarah’s Recital Program


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General Admission $15 – Seniors and Students $10 – Under 18 free with a paid admission
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MusicaNova Young Artists Concerts are supported in part by grants from the
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
and the Arizona Commission on the Arts

Arizona Commission on the Arts