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Suncoast Music Scholarship 2018 Awards Luncheon

So, there we were – the culmination of the season’s activities, the Scholarship Awards Luncheon of 2018. The Sarasota Music Club has been doing this since its founding in 1930, and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota since its founding in 1996. This is the third year of the two organizations’ partnership, and they -we- combined organizational and financial resources to award $20,000 in scholarships to eight very talented young area musicians. They, their parents, teachers, accompanists, and many members of the two sponsoring organizations were gathered to celebrate. As a bonus to us, the four 12th grade winners performed at the luncheon.

So, there we were – the culmination of the season’s activities, the Scholarship Awards Luncheon of 2018. The Sarasota Music Club has been doing this since its founding in 1930, and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota since its founding in 1996. This is the third year of the two organizations’ partnership, and they -we- combined organizational and financial resources to award $20,000 in scholarships to eight very talented young area musicians. They, their parents, teachers, accompanists, and many members of the two sponsoring organizations were gathered to celebrate. As a bonus to us, the four 12th grade winners performed at the luncheon.

The top award of $5,000 went to Katherine “KC” Herbert, a lovely Soprano graduating from the Booker High School VPA program and now headed for the Juilliard School. Singing Arditti’s Il Bacio, she demonstrated the voice, grace and poise to absolutely sell a song. In a few years of additional training, the world of opera has another star coming. Or the world of stage musicals, or anything else she puts her talent to.

A $4,000 award went to James Boorman, another product of the Booker VPA program. Amazingly, young Boorman has only been studying piano two years. He had piddled around on an electric keyboard before, but two years ago he decided to get serious. He favored us with Debussy and Khatchaturian, both brilliantly played. He is also doing some composing. Hmm...a pianist-composer. Has that ever been done before?

The $3,000 award went to Michael Miller, a Clarinetist graduating from Lakewood Ranch High School, and soon to be a freshman at the Eastman School of Music. The virtuoso showpiece, Concertino in Eb by Weber, was his gift to us. The $2,000 award went to another very poised young Soprano, Dominique Cecchetti, from the Manatee School of the Arts, who sang Fauré’s En prière for us.

The $2,000 Prizes awarded to 11th graders went to Giordano Scarano, a Violinist from Braden River High School, and Luca Stine, a Trumpeter who is home-schooled and dual-enrolled at the State College of Florida. The $1,000 prizes to 10th graders went to Lindsay McKenna, a Cellist attending Sarasota High School, and Abigail Toth, a Violinist at Pine View School.

I was glad to see that the teachers of these youngsters were also recognized in the printed program: Carol Sparrow, Sung Choe, Bharat Chandra, George Hemcher and Jessie Martins for the 12th graders, and Sean O’Neil, Dr. Peter Carney, Vincent Penzarella, Nadine Trudel, and Margot Zarzycka for the 11th and 10th graders. (Yes, that’s the same Margot-rhymes-with-Largo that performed so beautifully at the Music Club meeting last October.) All of these teachers are performers as well. They enjoy making music, and they treasure the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ to the future world of music, just as their teachers did with them. My hat is off to all of them, and my thanks to the organizers for recognizing their contribution to these very talented and hard-working young performers!

The luncheon was at the estimable Michael’s On East, the room was filled with music lovers, and the apple pie à la mode was delicious. (My chicken needed a few more minutes of oven time, but maybe I’m just being like Andres Segovia...picky, picky, picky!) 

Those Founders, back in 1930 and 1996, had wonderful dreams, which are still coming true today, thanks to all of you!

Pictured L-R: 2018 Suncoast Music Scholarships 12th Grade Winners: Michael Miller, Katherine "KC" Herbert, Dominique Cecchetti, and James Boorman. Photo credit: Robert Barr Photography.

 

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