Press Release: Oregon Music Hall of Fame Awards $5000 to College Scholarship Winners: 3:30 pm on Friday, June 10, 2011 @ Rose Festival Main Stage
This year’s recipients were:
Eight years ago, I began to play the flute, having chosen the instrument after hearing the instrument played in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Since then, I have competed in and won several competitions, including the Del Milne Memorial Competition and the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as been principal of the Salem Youth Symphony and Jefferson High School Concert Band. I am extremely excited that the OMHOF College Scholarship will aid in furthering my music career in flute performance at Boston University.
Ashland High School
I always loved the violin and started playing when I was seven years old. I have had the opportunity to study music with two amazing teachers here in Ashland, Faina Podolnaya, and Cynthia Hutton, both of whom I would like to thank for their support and inspiration. I am going to be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine next year, and I know that the OMHOF scholarship will be a huge help to me and my family in paying for tuition. Thank you!
Cello and Piano
I first fell in love with the cello when I heard its dark, resonant sound. The OMHOF college scholarship will help me pay for my college tuition at Amherst and for the transportation of my cello while flying back and forth from college to home, here in Portland.
Percussion and Drumset
Central Catholic HS
Alex McDougall will be attending the University of North Texas as a jazz studies major this coming fall. He is both excited and grateful for the OMHOF scholarship as it will be used to purchase professional level percussion equipment needed for college, and pay for his first year practice room rental and music departmental fees. Already a piano student for 7 years, Alex chose percussion in the 6th grade out of extreme curiosity and now enjoys the many textural layers of rhythm and tone percussion instruments can produce.
West Linn HS
West Linn, OR
After spending years studying the flute, I decided to start classical voice lessons in eight grade because I had always had a passion for singing. Singing has given me many wonderful opportunities, and this past year, it brought me all the way to the Grammy Awards where I performed with Esperanza Spalding. I am thrilled and honored to be an OMHOF college scholarship recipient and am looking forward to using that scholarship at Emerson College in Boston this fall.
The scholarships were presented at the Portland Rose Festival on the concert stage and each one of the recipients got to perform a number.