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2014 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.


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.

Francesca Bass Nineteen year-old violinist Francesca Bass is currently a student of Jaime Laredo and Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. During the 2012-2013 season, Francesca served as co-concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for its inaugural season under Maestro Benjamin Zander. Francesca has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Musikverein, all under the direction of Maestro Zander.

In October 2010, at fifteen years old, Francesca appeared on the National Public Radio program, "From the Top", performing Zigeunerwiesien by Sarasate in Boston’s Jordan Hall with pianist Christopher O'Reilly. She has appeared as a frequent concerto soloist with a variety of orchestras of New England, including the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.

She won First Prize in the 2008 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition, and was a prizewinner of the 2011 NEC Concerto Competition. In 2010, she performed in a masterclass for Pinchas Zukerman. Francesca began her violin studies at the age of four, and she has studied with Lilia Muchnik, Anait Arutunian, Aza Raykhtsaum, and Julianne Lee. At Meadowmount Francesca studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Ruth Chang Born in 1994, violinist Ruth Chang started the violin at the age of four and is currently studying with Paul Biss at the New England Conservatory. She has had the opportunity to play for artists such as Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Joseph Silverstein, and James Ehnes. Ruth has attended the Meadowmount School of Music and the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a merit scholarship student. Ruth is a student of Jan Mark Sloman at the Meadowmount School of Music.

Abigail Fuchs Abigail Fuchs is 17 years old and was born and raised in Frisco, Texas. She is currently a senior 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 her freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

She has won awards from various competitions including Collin County Young Artists Competition, the Juanita Miller competition, and this year was chosen as a finalist for the Dallas Music Teachers Association Symphonic Festival. She attends The Institute for Strings every summer and this is her third year attending the Meadowmount School of Music. Abigail studies with Jan Mark Sloman at the Meadowmount School of Music.

Evan Hjort Evan Falls Hjort currently studies with Simon James of the Seattle Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with Philharmonia Northwest, The Sammamish Symphony, and The Ottawa Chamber Symphony. Evan was also pleased to solo during a Seattle Symphony performance and made his radio debut on Seattle's Classic King FM. Evan is a 2012 and 2014 winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival.

He is also a three-time first place winner of the Simon-Fiset String Competition. In recent years, Evan was a finalist in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony concerto competition, third place winner of the Sammamish Symphony concerto competition, and received the Director's Award during the Conservatory Music in the Mountains concerto competition in Durango, Colorado.

An avid chamber musician, Evan has soloed as part of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and Orchestra and is a six-time winner of the David Tonkonogui Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. In the spring of 2014, Evan competed in the St. Paul String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Evan spent the summer of 2014 studying with Jan Mark Sloman at the Meadowmount School of Music. When not playing the violin, Evan enjoys composing music, playing the piano, acting, and traveling.

Yehun ‘Danny’ Jin Yehun ‘Danny’ Jin, 14, has soloed with the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Su-Won Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 he won fifth prize at the Yehudi Mehuhin International Competition; videos of his performance can be found on YouTube. He has won first prize in numerous competitions including: the Yough Hankook Newspaper Competition, Kyunggi-Province Music Competition, Yewon Competition, Strad Music Magazine Competition, SungJung Competition, The Music Magazine Competition, Siheung City Music Competition, and Ewha and Kyunghyang Concours.

From South Korea, Yehun began his violin studies at the age of two and finished the Preliminary School of Music at the Korean National University of Arts in 2009. He currently resides in Philadelphia and studies under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. At the Meadowmount School of Music “Danny” studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Shannon Lee Canadian-born violinist Shannon Lee made a stunning orchestral debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve. Two years later she made her European debut with Maestro Christof Perick and the Nuremberg Philharmonic in Germany. Other engagements have included performances with the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Lewisville Lake Symphony, and Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Shannon has been the recipient of the Silver Medal in the Stulberg International String Competition, Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts, and Davidson Fellows Award. At 14, Shannon made her debut recording for Telarc International entitled, " Introducing Shannon Lee," a recital of 19th and 20th century pieces for violin and piano. Shannon moved to Plano, Texas, when she was two and studied violin with Jan Mark Sloman in Dallas. She has participated in the Meadowmount School of Music, Banff Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, Great Wall Academy in Beijing, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Perlman Music Program, and ENCORE School for Strings.

Shannon recently completed a degree in computer science from Columbia University in New York City while taking lessons with David Nadien. She is currently attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick Fellowship and studies with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. At the Meadowmount School of Music Shannon Studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Rubén Rengel Cardona Rubén Rengel Cardona, 18, is a talented and versatile Venezuelan violinist. Currently, he is a student of world-renowned teacher Jaime Laredo, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, on full scholarship. Rengel was the winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela in 2011. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Virtuosi de Caracas, the Filarmonía Caracas, the Arcos Juveniles de Caracas and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, under the baton of Maestro Theodore Kuchar, in 2012.

At CIM, he has had experience as concertmaster of the CIM Orchestra. Some music festivals attended by Rengel include the Meadowmount School of Music, the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the Hotchkiss Summer Music Program. In Venezuela, Rubén’s education was centered in the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School, where he studied with Maestro Iván Pérez Núñez for 11 years. During this period, he served as concertmaster of the Haydn Orchestra, the Arcos Juveniles de Caracas, the Filarmonía Caracas and the Orquesta Típica.

He began his violin studies at the age of two in the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, “El Sistema”, where he spent his first 4 years of musical development. For a number of years, he studied harmony at the Pedro Nolasco Colón School, and privately with Maestro Harold Vargas. In addition to classical music, Rubén has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music, which has allowed him to develop important abilities in the area of improvisation, and he has been featured in recordings, concerts, and tours with distinguished Venezuelan ensembles. At the Meadowmount School of Music he studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Kiarra Saito-Beckman Kiarra Saito-Beckman is a 14-year-old violinist from Bend, Oregon, and she is a student of Jan Mark Sloman of Dallas, Texas and Kathryn Lucktenberg of the University of Oregon. She has been the recipient of many awards as a violinist and a winner of numerous competitions. During the past year Kiarra was a winner of the Van Buren Concerto Competition in Portland, Oregon and was given the opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra comprised of members of the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra.

Recently, Kiarra was a winner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in Spokane, Washington, and as a result will be performing as a soloist with the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Symphony later this year. She was also the winner of the MTNA State and Regional Strings Competitions and performed in Chicago at the MTNA National Strings Competition on March 22nd, 2014. She has performed in solo masterclasses with Jennifer Koh, Jan Mark Sloman, and Professor Tong Wei Dong. This is Kiarra’s fourth summer at Meadowmount where she studies with Jan Mark Sloman.

Jieming Tang Sixteen-year-old Jieming Tang began his violin studies at the age of three in Hefei, China. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for four years before coming to Cleveland in 2010. He is now a violin student of Jaime Laredo and a chamber music student of Joel Smirnoff in the Young Artist Program of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, where he is currently serving as the principal second violin.

Tang was a fifth-prize winner at the 2013 Cooper International Violin Competition, and has also received top prizes in many national competitions in China. His former violin teachers include Paul Kantor, Annie Fullard (chamber music), Zhao Wei, and Tian Feng. He is now a sophomore at Saint Ignatius High School. He performs on a 1715 Niccolo Gagliano violin on loan from the Rin Collection in Singapore. At the Meadowmount School of Music he studies with Jan Mark Sloman.


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.

Jordan Lee Seventeen year old violinist Jordan Lee is a senior at Plano West Senior High School. In spring 2013, she made her concerto debut with Southern Methodist University's Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Jordan’s playing has garnered several competitive awards, including second place in the Texas State MTNA Senior Strings Performance competition, first place in the Dallas Symphonic Festival, second and third place in the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, and honorable mention in the junior division of the TexASTA Solo Competition.

She has also won prizes at the North Texas Youth Music Competition and Collin County Young Artist Competition. At thirteen, Jordan was the Texas state representative for the junior division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition. Jordan has played in many orchestras and music festivals. She was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for three years before being part of the Texas All-State Orchestra for three years. She is also the co-president of Plano West Orchestra. For the past four summers, Jordan has studied at the Meadowmount School of Music as a Starling Foundation Scholarship recipient.

She also participated in The Institute for Strings, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. She has played in master classes for Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Stephanie Chase, Sergiu Luca, Adele Anthony, Tong Wei-dong, William Van der Sloot, James Ehnes, Charles Castleman, the American String Quartet, and the Maia String Quartet. Jordan began studying the violin at age three with Paul Landefeld and has been a student of Jan Mark Sloman for nine years.


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.

Wickliffe Simmons


Monica Caldwell
Lindsey Sharpe
Keanu Mitanga

Hanna Rumora

Emelyn Bashour
Wynton Grant
Abigail Hong
Seoyon Park
Nash Ryder

Natalie Darst

Calvin Van Zytveld

Natasha Snyder

Roey Dushi

Calvin Van Zytveld

Joseph Peterson

Natasha Snyder


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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.

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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.


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.