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2013 Scholarship Award Recipients

We wish to thank the Starling Foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education, the National Federation of Music Clubs and all of the sponsors of these scholarships for their generous help in support of deserving and highly talented students attending Meadowmount.





2013 STARLING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The nationally recognized Starling Foundation, whose mission is to support leading American violin teachers and their studios, has chosen to add the studio of Jan MarkSloman, longtime DMTA member and supporter, to its list of recipients. Their commitment to Mr. Sloman's studio at the famed Meadowmount School of Music includes both scholarship and private lesson assistance.

Phoenix Avalon Phoenix Avalon, 12 years old, is passionate about the violin and began playing at the age of three. He made his orchestral debut with the Boulder Symphony this past year playing the Bruch Concerto in G Minor and received “Honorable Mention” in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Divisionals. He was a Finalist in the 2012 Mondavi Young Artists National Competition and is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Davis Award from the Santa Fe Concert Association.

Phoenix has been generously loaned a Gagliano violin, c.1832 by Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd. of Chicago. A native of Santa Fe, he has been featured with the Santa Fe Concert Association, Serenata de Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Spotlight on Youth, and Pro Musica CHAMPS. At Meadowmount Phoenix studied with Jan Mark Sloman.

Emelyn Bashour Emelyn Bashour has been playing violin for 12 years. She currently studies with Lynn Chang at New England Conservatory Preparatory School. At NEC, Emelyn plays in the first violin section of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by David Loebel, James Somerville, and Hugh Wolff) and has participated in the chamber music program for three years. Emelyn studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.


Yuan Yuan Chen Yuan Yuan Chen was born in Taiwan in 1997 and began studying violin and piano at the age of seven. She graduated from Shing Ming Elementary School in Tainan. During that time, she lead the school orchestra as concertmaster and won first prize in both the 2009 Elementary Division Violin Competition and the 2010 Excellent Award of Taiwan National Student Music Competition. In 2012, Yuan Yuan won the Taiwan National Student Music Competition and took second prize in the Junior High School Division for Violin in Tainan City. She also took 1st prize in the Junior Division of the National Student Music Competition, Chamber Music (String Quartet), as first violin. Yuan Yuan studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Paolo Dara Paolo Dara, age 14, was the winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony’s Skip Gates Concerto competition where he performed the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 at Devos Hall and is now concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Paolo was selected State winner of the MTNA Junior String Performance Competition in Michigan, and chosen as alternate at the East Central Competition. He has studied violin for eight years with Irena Kocharova and currently studies with Gregory Maytan. In 2012, he was concertmaster of the Michigan All-State Middle School Orchestra. Paolo is a student of Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Isabelle Durrenberger Isabelle Durrenberger, 14 years old, began playing violin at the age of seven. She currently serves as associate concertmaster in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and takes part in the Columbus Chamber Music Connection. Isabelle was selected as winner of the 2013 Young Musicians Competition and had the opportunity to solo with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. As the winner of the 2012 New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition, and one of three winners in the 2013 Preparatory and Continuing Education Showcase at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she has performed as soloist with the New Albany Symphony and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Isabelle studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Abigail Fuchs Abigail Fuchs is 16 years old and from Frisco, Texas. She is currently a junior at Heritage High School and a student of Jan Mark Sloman. Abigail first started playing violin at the age of four studying with former teacher, Nicolette Solomon. Abigail made the Texas All-State Orchestra both her freshman and sophomore years. She has won awards from various competitions including the Dallas Music Teachers Association Symphonic Festival, Collin County Young Artists, and the Juanita Miller competition. She attends The Institute for Strings every summer and this is her third year attending Meadowmount School of Music as well. Abigail studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Ria Honda Ria Honda, 12, is a seventh grader at The Bush School in Seattle. She currently studies with Margaret Pressley and Jan Mark Sloman of Dallas. In 2008, Honda was selected to become a Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholar through the Pressley Violin Studio and the Seattle Conservatory of Music where she is in the Senior Music Academic and Chamber Music Programs. Ria has received awards from The Performing Arts Festival and Seattle Music Teachers Association’s (SMTA) Simon-Fiset Competition, first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Northwest Regional Competition, and honorable mention at the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's National Young Artist Concerto Competition. She has participated in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2007 and is the concertmaster of the Symphonette Orchestra and the Junior Symphony Orchestra. For the past three summers she has attended the Meadowmount School of Music and studied with Jan Mark Sloman.

hong Abigail Hong, 15 years old, orn and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has played piano and violin since the age of three. At age eight, Abigail went to Temple Music Preparatory and currently studies with Yayoi Numazawa and Soovin Kim. At age eight, Abigail made her debut in Carnegie Hall after winning the New York Music Competition for the YWCA. She has also performed at Lincoln Center. She is assistant concertmaster of the New Jersey All State Orchestra, South Jersey Orchestra and the East Symphony. Abigail studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Jordan Lee Jordan Lee began playing the violin at the age of three with Paul Landefeld. Now a sixteen-year-old senior at the Plano West Senior High School in Texas, Jordan made her debut this year with Southern Methodist University's Meadows Symphony Orchestra. She also won first prize in the Dallas Symphonic Festival, second place in the 2013 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, and honorable mention in the very first TexASTA Solo Competition. Jordan was the 2011 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Texas state representative for the junior strings division and has won other awards in the North Texas Youth Music Competition, Dallas Symphonic Festival, and Collin County Young Artists Competition. She was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for three years and Texas All-State Orchestra from 2011-2013. At Meadowmount, Jordan studied with Jan Mark Sloman.

SeoYon Park SeoYon Park, born in Korea in 1996 and began to study the violin upon entering elementary school She has also attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, studying with Paul Sonner. SeoYon was a featured soloist with the Chuncheon Youth Orchestra and has performed Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35 and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4. She has also recently appeared in a number of Chamber music concerts. SeoYon studied withJan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Ruben Ernesto Rengel Cardona Rubén Ernesto Rengel Cardona, 17, was born in Margarita Island, Venezuela. At the age of two, he began his violin studies in the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, “El Sistema,” in Caracas. At the age of six, Rubén entered the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School on full scholarship, where he studied with Maestro Iván Pérez Núñez for 11 years. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Virtuosi de Caracas, the Filarmonía Caracas, the Arcos Juveniles de Caracas and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Rengel was the winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition. Currently, Rubén Rengel attends the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jaime Laredo. Rubén studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Nash Ryder Nash Ryder, born in Cherryfield, Maine, in 1995, began studying violin at the age of seven. He attended the New England Conservatory from 2006-2012 and at age 16, Nash will be a sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, where he studies with Joan Kwuon. Nash has successfully competed and performed throughout the Northeast, including solo performances with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Fort Lauderdale Ars Flores Symphony, and the New England String Ensemble. In January 2011, he was featured on the much-acclaimed NPR radio show “From the Top.” After working for twelve months helping to develop a Boston inner city elementary school’s string program he received recognition and certification from the Center for Arts Leadership. Nash studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Amelia Sie Amelia Sie, 17, is well known to concert audiences in the Pacific Northwest having made her solo debut with the Seattle Festival Orchestra at age 8. She has gone on to perform with the Seattle Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, the Sammamish Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest, playing repertoire as varied as Sarasate, Bruch, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, and Paganini. She is the 2012 winner of Seattle Young Artist’s Music Festival Concerto Competition and has been featured on National Public Radio’s ‘From the Top’ program. Amelia is a student of Simon James and Jan Mark Sloman and works with pianist Hiro David. She studies each summer as a scholarship recipient at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York and will be attending the New England Conservatory of Music next fall. Amelia studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.

Natasha Snyder Natasha Snyder is 16 years old. Born in Brazil, she began her violin studies at the age of four. She is the assistant concertmaster for the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and previous concertmaster of the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic. As a winner of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artist Concerto Competition in 2009, she made her professional debut at the age of thirteen at the Neel Performing Arts Center accompanied by the Sarasota Orchestra. As a repeat winner in 2011, she returned to the stage as guest soloist, performing Vivaldi's Summer from the Four Seasons. Natasha is the current winner of the Anna Maria Island Orchestra and Chorus Concerto Competition. She has been a winner of the Venice Musicale Scholarship Competition four times, and winner of the Roger Rozwell Scholarship Competition. She was also a semifinalist in the statewide Artist Series of Sarasota 2012 Competition. Natasha studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.


FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF STRING EDUCATION

A grant awarded by the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education for the Viola Studio of Patricia McCarty has made possible the following George Bornoff Viola Scholarships.


Miriam Barfield Miriam Barfield began studying the violin at the age of six and viola when she was thirteen. She received her Bachelor of Music from Florida State University, where she studied with Pamela Ryan. Miriam recently completed a Master of Music in Viola Performance at The Boston Conservatory with Patricia McCarty. She was a state winner in the ASTA National Solo Competition for Florida in 2008 and, again, for Massachusetts in 2010. Miriam currently performs with the Tallahassee Symphony, Tallahassee Bach Parley (period baroque ensemble), and the Tallahassee Ballet. Former positions include substitute principal of the Cape Ann (MA) Symphony, the Southeast Chamber Orchestra (Birmingham, AL), and Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Destin, FL). She has attended the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, Brevard Music Festival, and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy. This is her sixth summer at the Meadowmount School of Music. Miriam studied with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount.

Paolo Dara Paolo Dara, age 14, was the winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony’s Skip Gates Concerto competition where he performed the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 at Devos Hall and is now concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Paolo was selected State winner of the MTNA Junior String Performance Competition in Michigan, and chosen as alternate at the East Central Competition. He has studied violin for eight years with Irena Kocharova and currently studies with Gregory Maytan. In 2012, he was concertmaster of the Michigan All-State Middle School Orchestra. Paolo is a student of Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.
Due to his outstanding ability to perform on the viola in chamber music ensemble Paolo has received a Foundation for the Advancement of String Education scholarship. Paolo was coached by Patricia McCarty on viola.

Isabelle Durrenberger Isabelle Durrenberger, 14 years old, began playing violin at the age of seven. She currently serves as associate concertmaster in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and takes part in the Columbus Chamber Music Connection. Isabelle was selected as winner of the 2013 Young Musicians Competition and had the opportunity to solo with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. As the winner of the 2012 New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition, and one of three winners in the 2013 Preparatory and Continuing Education Showcase at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she has performed as soloist with the New Albany Symphony and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Isabelle studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount.
Due to her outstanding ability to perform on the viola in chamber music ensemble, Isabelle has received a Foundation for the Advancement of String Education scholarship. Isabelle was coached by Patricia McCarty on viola.

Shengnan Li Shengnan Li was born in Tianjin, China, studied violin at age five and at age twelve he was accepted to the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Weidong Tong. Li was also a member of the China Youth Orchestra and has given performances in Xian and Beijing. Shengnan attended The Great Wall International Music Academy in 2006 and 2007 and attended two summers at the Meadowmount School of Music under full scholarship. Li attended NTSO Music Festival in Taiwan and has performed at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music as well as in Taibei and Taizhong. He has won many prizes for national and international violin competitions, such as the 2010 Hong Kong Violin International Competition, the 2011 Chamber Music Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music and the 2012 Gold Bell Violin Competition of China. Li is now at New England Conservatory, where he studies with Nicholas Kitchen. Shengnan studied with Gerardo Ribeiro at Meadowmount.
Due to his outstanding ability to perform on the viola in chamber music ensemble, Shengnan has received a Foundation for the Advancement of String Education scholarship. Shengnan was coached by Patricia McCarty on viola.


Ed Lonergan was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended his first summer music program at the age of 10 at the Blue Lake Suzuki Program. Since then Edward has attended Interlochen, Madeline Island, Stringwood, Wintergreen, Brevard, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
In 2008, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, where he was recipient of the Krolick String Award and Scholarship.
Ed then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma on full scholarship as a Graduate Assistant and violist of the Crouse String Quartet. His primary teachers include Glen Mellow, Alice Preves, Rudolf Haken, Masumi Rostad and Evan Wilson. This was his fifth summer at Meadowmount School of Music, and his fourth as the Head Counselor. Ed studies with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount.

Ruben Ernesto Rengel Cardona Rubén Ernesto Rengel Cardona, 17, was born in Margarita Island, Venezuela. At the age of two, he began his violin studies in the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, “El Sistema,” in Caracas. At the age of six, Rubén entered the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School on full scholarship, where he studied with Maestro Iván Pérez Núñez for 11 years. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Virtuosi de Caracas, the Filarmonía Caracas, the Arcos Juveniles de Caracas and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Rengel was the winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition. Currently, Rubén Rengel attends the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jaime Laredo. Rubén studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount. Due to his outstanding ability to perform on the viola in chamber music ensemble, Rubén has received a Foundation for the Advancement of String Education scholarship. Rubén was coached by Patricia McCarty on viola.

Nash Ryder Nash Ryder, born in Cherryfield, Maine, in 1995, began studying violin at the age of seven. He attended the New England Conservatory from 2006-2012 and at age 16, Nash will be a sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, where he studies with Joan Kwuon. Nash has successfully competed and performed throughout the Northeast, including solo performances with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Fort Lauderdale Ars Flores Symphony, and the New England String Ensemble. In January 2011, he was featured on the much-acclaimed NPR radio show “From the Top.” After working for twelve months helping to develop a Boston inner city elementary school’s string program he received recognition and certification from the Center for Arts Leadership. Nash studied with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount. Due to his outstanding ability to perform on the viola in chamber music ensemble, Nash has received a Foundation for the Advancement of String Education scholarship. Nash was coached by Patricia McCarty on viola.

Julia Vicic Julia Vicic has been a member of The Minnesota Youth Symphonies for the past eight years. Having studied the violin for twelve years, she recently began studying the viola. She has been a student at the Artaria Chamber Music School in St. Paul, Minnesota for three years.
Vicic was concertmaster of her St. Paul Central High School orchestra, principal second and solo competition finalist in Minnesota Youth Symphonies. She received superior ratings from the National Federation of Music Club for twelve years and attended the Stringwood Summer Music Camp in Lanesboro, MN. Vicic is looking forward to majoring in the viola upon her graduation from high school. Julia studied with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount.

Eve Caruso Whitman Eve Caruso Whitman, of Hollywood, California, currently attends the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she is the principal violist of the Symphonic Orchestra/String Ensemble and studies with Ingrid Hutman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Previously, Eve attended the Walter Reed Middle School, Humanities Honors Academy, where she was principal violist of the Walter Reed Chamber Orchestra and winner of the 2010 Wall of Fame Award. During the 2010 San Francisco Music Heritage Festival, she was awarded the Maestro Award for her viola solo concerto with the orchestra. Eve was principal violist of the LAUSD Middle School Honor Orchestra, and was selected to participate with the Pasadena POPS side-by-side program. She has performed since 2005 with the Colburn School of Performing Arts, most recently as string ensemble principal violist.
Eve’s merit scholarships include: 2011-2013 Colburn School award for viola studies; summer 2009-10 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Intermediate Orchestra award; summer 2010 Suzuki Chamber Institute award; and summer 2009 Idyllwild Arts, Piano Performance award. Eve studied with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS SCHOLARSHIPS

Meadowmount thanks the National Federation of Music Clubs for these yearly scholarships awarded to outstanding Meadowmount students.

Paolo Dara Paolo Dara, age 14, was the winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony’s Skip Gates Concerto competition where he performed the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 at Devos Hall and is now concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Paolo was selected State winner of the MTNA Junior String Performance Competition in Michigan, and chosen as alternate at the East Central Competition. He has studied violin for eight years with Irena Kocharova and currently studies with Gregory Maytan. In 2012, he was concertmaster of the Michigan All-State Middle School Orchestra. Paolo is a violin student of Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount and studied chamber music on viola under Patricia McCarty.

Nash Ryder Nash Ryder, born in Cherryfield, Maine, in 1995, began studying violin at the age of seven. He attended the New England Conservatory from 2006-2012 and at age 16, Nash will be a sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, where he studies with Joan Kwuon. Nash has successfully competed and performed throughout the Northeast, including solo performances with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Fort Lauderdale Ars Flores Symphony, and the New England String Ensemble. In January 2011, he was featured on the much-acclaimed NPR radio show “From the Top.” After working for twelve months helping to develop a Boston inner city elementary school’s string program he received recognition and certification from the Center for Arts Leadership. Nash is a violin student of Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount and studied chamber music on viola with Patricia McCarty.


The following students received scholarships from sponsoring organizations and the Meadowmount School of Music. We are grateful to these organizations and individuals who support the arts.

ATLANTA MUSIC CLUB
Wickliffe Simmons

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THE ROBERT W. WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER

Monica Caldwell
Lindsey Sharpe
Keanu Mitanga

KALAMAZOO REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCY
Hanna Rumora

KENNETH WARREN & SON
Emelyn Bashour
Wynton Grant
Abigail Hong
Seoyon Park
Nash Ryder

KOCH CULTURAL TRUST
Natalie Darst

ROBERT MADURA STRING SCHOLARSHIP
GRAND RAPIDS FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS
Calvin Van Zytveld

ROGERT ROSZELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Natasha Snyder

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS FOUNDATION, INC.
Roey Dushi

ST CECILIA MUSIC CENTER
Calvin Van Zytveld

THE SCHUBERT CLUB, INC.
Joseph Peterson

VENICE MUSICAL INC. SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Natasha Snyder


Donations

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Each year the number of students requesting financial assistance exceeds our ability to meet the demand. Unfortunately this causes truly qualified and gifted students to be unable to attend to further their musical development at Meadowmount. Please consider making a contribution to our scholarship fund. Donations are fully tax deductible as Meadowmount is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.

Sponsor a Student

There are many merit worthy students in need of sponsorship to attend Meadowmount and receive the training and guidance they need for their musical careers. To become a sponsor contact our office at (518) 962-2400. You can also contact us by email (admissions@meadowmount.com) or letter stating your desire to sponsor a student. Sponsorship covers full tuition for a student in the amount of $3,300 to $6,200. We will match you to a student showing a high level of merit and need. At the end of the summer we will send a Sponsorship Packet to you including the student’s name, name and biography, as well as programs and recording of his/her concert performances during the summer.

Sponsor a Work Scholarship Recipient

Several students are awarded work scholarships to help finance their expenses while at Meadowmount. Work Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who attend full time. We have opportunities in food service, recording, video, stage, mail, office work, snack bar, concert staffing, programs and more. Each work scholarship is valued at $700. Please contact us at (518) 962-2400 for more information about sponsoring a worker.

Fellowships

The Meadowmount School of Music has created Fellowships to honor the memories of Founder, Ivan Galamian, his wife Judith Galamian and founding faculty members Josef Gingold, Leonard Rose and Gregor Piatigorsky.

An endowed fellowship has been created in the memory of Stephen Kates entitled "The Stephen Kates Memorial Fellowship".

NEW - Sally G. Thomas Fellowship for 2014 is a student fellowship established to commemorate faculty member Sally G. Thomas for her years as both a student and faculty member. Please visit the Distinguished Meadowmount Alumni page for more information.