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Asia Hickman


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Asia Hickman is Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2017!

Asia Jaden Hickman was born in Ansbach, Germany into a military family, her dad a government employee and mother an officer in the United States Army. Asia has lived overseas the majority of her life, living a good portion in South, Korea. A talented classically trained musician, Asia’s interest in music came at the age of six, where she would take up her first violin lesson. Her interest in piano came later and at age seven Asia began taking formal lessons on both piano and violin. It wasn’t until her acceptance to the Kaufman Special Music School in NYC in 2015 that she began learning to play the saxophone. At the age of eight, Asia began performing in concerts and piano competitions throughout South Korea winning numerous awards and being featured on Armed Forces Network radio and television broadcasts station.  

Including winning 1st prize in the 2014 Seoul’s National Piano Competition, the 2014 Pyeongteak Friendship Music Competition, the 2013 Songtan Friendship Music Competition and overall and double winner for the EDU 2012 Piano competition.

In 2015, Asia won the Third Prize Award at Vivo International Music Competition, held in New York City.  She performed in the Winners Showcase Concert at New York’s prestigious Merkin Concert Hall in January 2016.  

Asia also placed third overall at the Crescendo International Music Competition. Asia has won an honorable mention for the American Protégé Piano and strings competition and has performed at the world renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.   

Asia has graced the stage of the world’s famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York and has won multiple times as a “stars of tomorrow” child star winner, which led to her ultimately winning and being named the 2016 Child Star winner.  Despite Asia’s busy schedule of at home practice and music lessons both in school and after school as well as excelling in her studies, she also volunteers to serve the community through hard work and her talent.  She performs often for senior citizens and veterans homes,  as well as having played at many events such as the women’s history month celebrations, Endow Women Conference, change of command ceremonies, orphanages and weddings just to name a few.

In Asia’s spare time she enjoys competing in pageants and is currently Miss Brooklyn’s Outstanding Teen. She also loves participating in 5k runs, singing, art and fashion. Asia attends the Manhattan School of Music-Pre College division as a piano major.  Her dream is to one day become a concert pianist.  Asia is a recipient of multiple president’s volunteer service awards

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Pageant Platform

“A Piece from the Heart”: Inspiring Youth to Find Their Musical PassionChildren who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education. However, in the U.S., 1.3 million elementary school students do not have access to music classes and over 750,000 middle school students are limited in terms of music programs in their schools. Even existing programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they are shown to improve academics. My platform is two-fold. First, it allows underprivileged children who cannot afford music lessons the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice, find their musical passion, and thrive. Secondly, it gives them the opportunity to give back to their communities by providing the sound of music to other kids battling illnesses, struggling in school, or just want an artistic hobby or outlet. It is my belief that children are inspired by other children. When I was six-years-old, I took up violin while my parents were deployed in Iraq and I was living with my grandparents. When I moved to Korea at the age of seven, I learned to play piano very quickly. I soon entered my first competition in South Korea and won the championship. It was then that the kids at my school and in my community started to ask questions about the competition and music in general in the hopes that I would teach them! I knew then that my mission was to spread the power of music to our future leaders, our children.Restoring music programs in public schools is vital and it is my plan to raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. In coordination with my own teaching, I intend to speak with New York State legislators and school district leaders to identify schools in need of music classes or funding and brainstorm how we can improve this for our youth and bring about change.

In the Media


19 May 2018 https://www.apollotheater.org/event/amateur-night-season-opener-21716/