Suncoast Music Scholarship 2021 Awards

 Suncoast Music Scholarships awarded $8,000 to seven talented young musicians from Sarasota and Manatee counties, to be used for music education expenses. The 2021 competition required the 25 applicants to submit digital recordings of their audition performances. The scholarship program is organized and managed by a partnership between Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

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2021 Suncoast Music Scholarship auditions will be digital

The 2021 Suncoast Music Scholarship program will offer up to $8,000 in music scholarships through a competition that will be conducted using digitally recorded audition performances. 
 
Open to 10th through 12th grade students who reside in Sarasota or Manatee County, the scholarship program is funded through a partnership of Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. Awarded funds are to be used for advancing the winners’ music education.
 
This year’s awards for graduating seniors are: 1st place - $3,000; 2nd place - $2,000; and 3rd place - $1,000. 
 
Two awards are available for current 11th grade students: 1st place - $750 and 2nd place - $500. Students now in 10th grade can audition for two awards: 1st place - $500 and 2nd place $250.
 
Lee Dougherty Ross, Co-Founder of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and Co-Chair of Suncoast Music Scholarships, said, “We are so happy to be able to offer these scholarships  to help support young musicians at a time of financial strain for so many.”
 
Information and applications are available through the websites of both sponsoring organizations: www.SarasotaMusicClub.org and www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.org. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 31.
 
Winners of past scholarship awards have used the funds to purchase or repair instruments, attend summer music programs, and for advanced music education at institutions that include Eastman School of Music, Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. Other winners have used their awards to purchase flutes, violins and bows, a saxophone and a cello.
 
The organization partners are devoted to enhancing music performance and education. Founded in 1930 and originally part of the historic Women’s Club, Sarasota Music Club offers free, member-supported performances October through March. Since its founding in 1996, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has evolved into a valuable regional cultural asset, known for bringing diverse, world-class performers to Sarasota and Manatee counties in addition to presenting young emerging musicians.
 
For more information, call Lee Dougherty Ross, 941.388.1188, or Susan Hicks, 941.925.3602.
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Fall Concerts Canceled, 90th Celebration postponed

Sarasota Music Club’s 90th Anniversary celebration has been postponed and Fall concerts have been canceled, due to health safety concerns.

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Young Musician Encouragement Gift for 12th Grade Applicants after Audition Canceled

Suncoast Music Scholarship 2020 auditions for graduating seniors that had been rescheduled for July 25 are now canceled, due to ongoing health safety concerns.

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Suncoast Music Scholarship Auditions for Current 12th Graders Rescheduled

Suncoast Music Scholarships partners, Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, have had to revise plans for 2020 scholarships, due to a recently developed funding shortage related to concert cancellations. The fifth annual scholarship program was planned to offer “up to $20,000 in music scholarships,” but only half that amount is now available for scholarship awards.

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A Pause in Programming During Our 90th Year

Normally at this time I would be talking about the (Choose one: Delightful, Dull, Daunting, Drab) program presented by Jane Hoffman, Flutist, and Don Bryn, Pianist, at the Sarasota Music Club. These are not normal times, however, with Covid-19 on the loose. So, I suggest washing your hands for 20 seconds (as long as singing “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” twice. Actually, it took me 20 seconds just to type it, once) before reading this, and since you are reading on your screen, it wouldn’t hurt to disinfect the screen, as well.*

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Valentine's Day Joy

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Every once in a while, you hear someone early in their career, and you know, you just know, they have the stuff for a great future. That was the experience last Friday for the lucky people who heard Monica Conesa, Soprano. Her collaborator at the piano was Lee Dougherty Ross.

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Haig Yaghoobian Helps Start SMC's 90th Year with Classical Piano

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Well, here we are, “Celebrating 90 Years.” That’s what the Sarasota Music Club’s this year’s motto says. At the beginning, 90 years ago, we performed for each other, brought in professionals from The Outside to perform for us when we could, and always tried to encourage our young-uns to ‘do music.’ We weren’t much more than a fishing village back then, but we had pride.

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Sarasota Music Club and Brian Gurl

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With Brian Gurl, you spell Entertainer with an E. Capitol, bold, and larger than life! He is the complete package: a singer with a pleasant baritone who accompanies himself with brilliant piano-playing. The piano came first. He was one of those rare, precocious talents who started piano lessons at age 6 in a small town in New Hampshire, and quickly surpassed his teacher. He studied classical technique at first, then added jazz, and now can play anything. (A lot of the best performers of “popular music” today followed that same path...classical piano training, which builds a solid foundation, then branching into various styles of jazz, rock, country, or what-have-you.)

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Dale Jensen honored with Music Education Award


Manatee Arts Education Council, a group co-sponsored by the Manatee Arts Council and the School Board of Manatee County, honored Dale Jensen by giving his name to the newly created award honoring lifetime work in music education. Annually, from 2020 and beyond, the Manatee Arts Education Council will give the Dale Jensen Music Education Award to those who have contributed in a meaningful way to enhancing music education in the community.

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Diana Vytell – Opera and Cabaret Selections

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Sarasota Music Club’s change of schedule from their usual third Friday, due to Eicher Auditorium availability, may have contributed to a smaller crowd for the November program. The little pecan Danishes and sesame muffins were good, as usual. The program, not as usual, was less than wonderful.

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90th Anniversary Season Opens with The Bay Arts Trio

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The Sarasota Music Club started its 90th Year off with a bang on October 11. Ninety years of sponsoring concerts, giving scholarships to deserving young musicians, and helping to shape the Sarasota area into the musical Mecca that it has become!

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Sarasota Music Club’s 90th Anniversary Concert Schedule

Sarasota Music Club’s 90th Anniversary season begins on October 11, 2019.

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Suncoast Music Scholarships Competition Awards $20,000 to Eight Local High School Students

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In its fourth annual competition, Suncoast Music Scholarships awarded $20,000 to eight talented young musicians from Sarasota and Manatee counties to be used for music education expenses. The scholarship program is funded and organized through a partnership between Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

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Fincher and Gonzalez Sing Out the Season

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Sarasota Music Club heard our last program of the 2018-19 season in the Sunnyside Village Eicher Auditorium on March 15th.

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On an excellent concert by Katherine Siochi (and challenging conditions for musicians)

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Katherine Siochi, new harpist with the Sarasota Orchestra, looks youthful enough to still be in high school, but she plays like the seasoned pro she is. With two degrees from Juilliard and experience playing on a fill-in basis with major US orchestras, she can definitely be called seasoned. In February, she brought her beautiful Lyon and Healy concert harp to the very appreciative full house in Eicher Auditorium.

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A Fine Performance by Jason Stearns + Lee Dougherty Ross

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He was supposed to sing for us a year ago, but came down with the Skrog and could not even croak on pitch, so instead we got a lovely last-minute program from Amy Connours and Lee Dougherty Ross. This season, he came, in good voice, and it was well worth the wait.

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Sunnyside Singers Share Joyful Sounds

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One advantage of being a long-time member of the Sarasota Music Club is that it allows for a long view of the club and its activities. The membership of the SMC is about the same in number, from year to year, as new members come in, replacing those who have gone on to sing in the Heavenly Choir. Due to a healthy bequest quite a while ago coupled with their annual dues, the SMC has been able to provide concerts every third Friday in ‘the season’ for our members and any others who wish to come, and to give many scholarships to help young musicians continue their education at colleges and music schools across the country.  These activities are exactly what the Music Club founders intended.

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Mike Markaverich, Jazz Piano & Vocals

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Mike Markaverich shared his considerable musical talent at Sarasota Music Club's November meeting. 

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SMC Opens with Delightful Jensen Duo

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Sarasota Music Club’s delightful season opening concert by Dale and Barbara Jensen was made even more interesting by Dale’s sharing his knowledgeable (and of course, witty) explanations and demonstrations of the various instruments in the flute family.

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