2015 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.
2015 STARLING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTSThe 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.
The Meadowmount School of Music 2015 Award Recipients
DOROTHY RICHARD STARLING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Phoenix Avalon, 14, is in his 2nd decade of violin obsession. He has soloed with Performance Santa Fe and the Boulder Symphony in 2014, performed with Pro Musica CHAMPS, Serenata of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Youth Symphony, and in numerous solo concerts. He is the 3-time recipient of the Performance Santa Fe Davis Award, as well as a 3 year recipient of Starling Foundation Grants for study at Meadowmount with Jan Mark Sloman. He is the 2015 MTNA Southwest Division Winner, 2014 MTNA Divisional Alternate and the 2013 MTNA Divisional Honorable Mention, and 2014 Lynn Harrell Competition Honorable Mention. Phoenix studies with Jan Mark Sloman and Carmelo de los Santos, and is playing on an Amati Bros. violin, c. 1617, generously loaned by Kenneth Warren and Son Ltd. In addition to violin, Phoenix studies composition with Dr. Andrew Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Juilliard Pre-College. He has performed in numerous master classes for many violinists and chamber groups. His other interests include history, philosophy and snowboarding. At Meadowmount, Phoneix studies with Kathryn Lucktenberg and Jan Mark Sloman.
17 year old Paolo Dara has been the winner of many competitions including the Skip Gates Concerto Competition, the Vamos Violin Competition, the Michigan Youth Arts Competition, and the Lansing Symphony Youth Competition. Paolo also has been a prizewinner in competitions such as the MTNA Competition, and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. Paolo has participated in many orchestras, and was selected as concertmaster of the 2013/14 Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He attended the Meadowmount School of Music in the summer of 2013 and 2014 on full scholarship to study with Jan Mark Sloman. He has also played in lessons and master classes for Alex Kerr, Glenn Dicterow, Robert Lipsett, Rachel Barton Pine, Stephan Shipps, Donald Weilerstein, David Kim, Tong Wei Dong, Miriam Fried, Joseph Silverstein, and Elizabeth Adkins. As a chamber musician, Paolo has studied chamber music with Eric Larsen, Patricia McCarty, Walter Schwede, Bruce and Susan Uchimura, and Gregory Maytan. He is the violinist in the Vettori Piano Trio, which participated in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has performed chamber music with artists such as Joseph Silverstein. Paolo has studied violin for 8 years with Irena Kocharova, and currently studies with Gregory Maytan, and Jan Mark Sloman. Paolo will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Music in the fall and will be studying with Jaime Laredo and Jan Mark Sloman. At Meadowmount, Paolo studies with Kathryn Lucktenberg and Jan Mark Sloman.
Isabelle Durrenberger, 16, began studying violin at the age of 7. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and was instructed by musicians from Kent State University and the Cleveland Orchestra. She began her studies as a member of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Program with Mr. Jaime Laredo and Ms. Joan Kwuon in the fall of 2012. Solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire are all of great interest to Isabelle. She served as associate concertmaster in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, studies chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Chamber Music Connection, and has performed as soloist with the New Albany Symphony, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. Isabelle was featured on the NPR radio show, From The Top in January of 2014 as a soloist and chamber musician. She has participated in masterclasses with the Cypress Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Escher Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Calidore Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Jan Mark Sloman, David Finckel, Joseph Silverstein, Anne Epperson and Peter Salaff. Isabelle is a student at Upper Arlington High School, and has spent her summers studying with Jan Mark Sloman at the Meadowmount School and with Kathryn Lucktenberg this year.
Yehun ‘Danny’ Jin, 15, 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 and 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 and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
Rubén Rengel-Cardona, 19, is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of world-renowned teacher Jaime Laredo. Rengel was the winner of the CIM Concerto Competition in the fall semester of 2014, as well as 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. He will be featured as a soloist with the CIM Orchestra in February of 2015 at Severance Hall. He also has experience as concertmaster of the CIM Orchestra, and had the opportunity of performing at the Kennedy Center as a representative for the school. He has been a participant in the Advanced Piano Trio Program at CIM, directed by Sharon Robinson. Rubén has attended music festivals including 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 eleven 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 four 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 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 Meadowmount, Rubén studies with Jan Mark Sloman and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
Kiarra Saito-Beckman, 15, is a 10th grade student from Bend, Oregon. She studies violin with Jan Mark Sloman, former associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Kathryn Lucktenberg of the University of Oregon. Kiarra has won many awards and competitions. In January, she placed first in the NW Regional MTNA Senior Strings Competition, and will advance to the national finals in March of 2015, held in Las Vegas, NV. She was named the 2014 PepsiCo National Young Artist of the Year as the first-prize winner of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's National Young Artist Competition in South Carolina. In 2014, Kiarra placed second in the ENKOR International Violin and Piano Competition, as well as second in the Young Artist National Competition held by the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra in Spokane, Washington. She competed as a finalist in the 2014 MTNA National Solo Competition in Chicago, Illinois as the winner of the MTNA Northwest Regional Competition. Kiarra has appeared as a guest soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Symphony Orchestra, and an orchestra composed of members of the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra. She has twice been featured as a guest soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony. In October of 2014, Kiarra was invited to Washington, DC. to perform Franz Waxman's "Carmen" Fantasy on the National Public Radio program, From the Top, which features the country's finest young classical musicians. She has also been featured on the Oregon Public Broadcasting radio program, State of Wonder, and the Portland, Oregon-based station, All Classical. As a violinist, Kiarra has been awarded numerous scholarships. She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and the Young Artist Scholarship provided by the Sunriver Music Festival. During the summer Kiarra attends the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York on full scholarship. She has performed in solo master classes with Cho-Liang Lin, Joseph Silverstein, Jennifer Koh and Tong Wei-Dong, as well as in chamber music master classes with Steven Rochen, and Patricia McCarty. At Meadowmount, she studies with Jan Mark Sloman and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
19 year-old Christine Wu, from Plano, Texas, is currently enrolled in the bachelor's program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of world-renowned artist, Jaime Laredo. She began her studies at age three with Paul Landefeld and later continued under the tutelage of Jan Mark Sloman. In addition to violin, she studied piano for nine years with Dr. Annie Lin and has experience as a collaborative pianist. Wu has been named the top prize winner in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, and Dallas Symphonic Festival, to name a few, and has participated in several international competitions such as the Lennox International Competition and the Schmidbauer International Competition. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 with the SMU Meadows Symphony and was invited to perform at the 7th annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert in 2013. In addition, she has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and with several others in Texas. Wu has served as concertmaster in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as well as the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra. She is also an avid performer and chamber musician in the community at events and venues ranging from weddings to business offices to nursing homes and hospitals. Ms. Wu's summer activities have included the Colorado Suzuki Institute, The Institute for Strings, the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program as one of twelve young artists, and the Meadowmount School of Music where she has been a scholarship student and recipient of the Starling Foundation Scholarship. She also had the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall in the New York String Orchestra in 2013. Furthermore, she has performed for distinguished artists including Adele Anthony, Stephanie Chase, Sergiu Luca, James Ehnes, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, and Charles Castleman. Christine Studies with Jan Mark Sloman and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
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.
FASE Award Recipients
Hyrum Kohler, a senior at McNary High School, started playing in the fourth grade with Bonnie Gallagher. He began private lessons with Sean Williams and George Thomson. He currently studies with Holland Phillips. He has been part of the Salem Youth Symphony for eight seasons and won their concerto competition last spring 2014. He has been selected to play in All-City Orchestra the past seven years, All-State the past two years and All Northwest this year. In addition he has placed fourth in the All-State Solo Competition the past two years. He opened this last fall for the Amelia Trio in Corvallis with a quartet he plays with. The quartet has been asked to open for the Oregon Symphony in May 2015. Hyrum has been blessed to be taught by great teachers. Each of his instructors have played an integral part of making him the musician he is today. Hyrum Studies with Patricia McCarty at Meadowmount.
Karlie Roberts began playing the violin in the Suzuki Program at the Community Music Institute of the University of Oregon at age 5. She told her mother she wanted to play the violin after she saw a group of " Suzuki Kids" playing at a local bookstore. At age 9, he started to play the viola in the Chamber Players Program at the Community Music Institute of the University of Oregon. This past Fall, she was a member of the violin section in the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Oregon. In summer 2014, she was concertmaster for the advanced orchestra at the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford. She was runner up at the Franke/Altman Young Violinist Award in 2012. She earned full scholarships from the Portland Summer Ensemble Chamber Music Program playing the violin from 2012 to 2014. Lillie Manis is her private teacher. Karlie has had solo and chamber music masterclasses with Carlos Kalmar, Jun Iwasaki, Fritz Gearhart and Patricia McCarty. At Meadowmount, Karlie studies with Patricia McCarty.
Rachel Rosier, this fall will be my second year of playing viola, although have played violin since I was four. I was one of the finalist in the Young Artists Competition last year playing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. My current teacher is Dr. Leslie Straka at the University of Oregon. I have studied the viola almost 2 years and am the principal violist for the Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra. I have been played in professional ensemble, the Orchestra Next for the Eugene Ballet Company and play for annual Easter and Christmas church concerts. I have attended Marrowstone Music Festival for two years as well as other chamber music camps. I have played in the masterclass for Patricia McCarty at University of Oregon and study with her at Meadowmount.
Currently, Kevonna Shuford is a junior student at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and studies with Laurice Buckton, a former principal violist for the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She excels musically and has served as principal violist for the 2010-2015 Florida All-State Orchestra. Kevonna's most recent award is winning a semi-finalist position in the national Sphinx Concerto Competition. Kevonna is passionate about music and enjoys entertaining. She performs weekly at her church and volunteers with the Canon Quartet to provide music for weddings, dinners and other social events, which includes services for Donald Trump. She invests time coaching younger musicians, inspiring passion for the arts. Her future goal is to perform in chamber ensembles, professionally. At Meadowmount, Kevonna studies with Patricia McCarty.
Miriam Wagstaff, 15, lives in the remote town of Tropic, Utah bordering Bryce Canyon National Park. She began violin studies at the age of six and discovered an additional love (viola) at the age of eleven. Miriam currently studies viola with Dr. David Dalton of Provo, Utah, and violin with Denise Willey of Pleasant Grove, Utah. Last year Miriam served as principal violist with the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kayson Brown, and the year before as Concertmaster of the Lyceum Symphonic Strings orchestra conducted by Denise Willey. In January, Miriam was awarded "Honorable Mention" in the Junior Viola Division of the 2015 National ASTA Solo Competition. Miriam has enjoyed soloing with the Lyceum Orchestras, Utah Valley Symphony, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of Southern Utah. Also a fiddler, Miriam is the current Utah State Open Fiddle Champion. Miriam studies 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.
Isabelle Durrenberger, 16 from Upper Arlington, Ohio, began studying violin at the age of 7. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and was instructed by musicians from Kent State University and the Cleveland Orchestra. She began her studies as a member of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Program with Mr. Jaime Laredo and Ms. Joan Kwuon in the fall of 2012. Solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire are all of great interest to Isabelle. She served as associate concertmaster in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, studies chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Chamber Music Connection, and has performed as soloist with the New Albany Symphony, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. Isabelle was featured on the NPR radio show, From The Top in January of 2014 as a soloist and chamber musician. She has participated in masterclasses with the Cypress Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Escher Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Calidore Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Jan Mark Sloman, David Finckel, Joseph Silverstein, Anne Epperson and Peter Salaff. Isabelle is a student at Upper Arlington High School, and has spent her past summers studying with Jan Mark Sloman at Meadowmount School of Music. This summer, at Meadowmount, Isabelle studies with Kathryn Lucktenberg.
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.
Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
School of the Arts Foundation
Texas Commission on the Arts
Salem Pops Orchestra
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 (email@example.com) or letter stating your desire to sponsor a student. Sponsorship covers full tuition for a student in the amount of $6,800 for on campus and $3,800 for off campus living. 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.