The Scholarship Committee, on behalf of the SBMC Board of Directors, is proud to announce the scholarship winners for 2020. The Music Club generally holds live auditions in April and then announces the winners in May. Then, the last two concerts of the season present a selection of the scholarship winners. This year, due to the lockdown, the remainder of our 50th Anniversary concert season needed to be canceled, as were the scholarship auditions and concerts. The board decided to reschedule the scholarship auditions for the fall, when we had hoped it would be possible to have live gatherings. By August, it was clear that this wouldn’t happen anytime soon.
Meanwhile, we worried about the ability of our gifted young people to carry on their musical studies during the pandemic. We heard from the teachers who, as we learned, had stepped up by offering virtual lessons and the students remained in need of the assistance our scholarship program provides. This was wonderful news and we figured that if the teachers could step up to teach, we would find a way to do the auditions. In the ensuing months, the SBMC Board, the Scholarship Committee, and the judges came up with a plan for holding auditions via video submission. To ease the burden on the judges, last year’s winners who reapplied were given the option of repeating their award from last year or submitting a video. New applicants were required to submit a video. Applicants were given the option of submitting their original audition pieces or choosing new ones.
During the next month, the videos were submitted. The students would post their video online and send the Scholarship Committee a link. For the most part, this process worked smoothly. I had the opportunity to view the videos and was greatly moved by what we saw. The judges have made their decisions and scholarship funds have been granted. The applicants were informed last night, November 11. Of the original 44 applicants, 35 were able to participate in the contingency process and we are excited to say that we have been able to grant $20,000 to the 29 winners. Their names are listed below.
The best news is that although we can’t hold the popular scholarship concerts, we are planning to post videos of the scholarship winners for your enjoyment and inspiration. We are currently in the process of working out how to add them to this Website.
In all, it was a long and challenging process to bring the 2020 SBMC Scholarships to fruition. My congratulations go out to the winners, the judges (Charles Asche, Linda Holland, Han Soo Kim and Alyssa Goldstein), the Scholarship Committee (Jane Hahn, Adelle Rodkey, and David Malvinni), and the SBMC Board of Directors. To those who didn’t win this year, keep up your practicing and you will surely win next year!
2020 Scholarship Winners
Nathan Rundlett Memorial Vocal Scholarship
- Neve Greenwald, age 16, mezzo soprano
- Kellen Romano, age 22, baritone
Emil Torick Memorial Scholarship
- Zephan Bornfreund, age 16, violin
- Andrew Choi, age 16, violin
- Lauren Lertchareonyong, age 16, violin
- Sofia Malvinni, age 15, violin
- Zoe Perez, age 16, violin
- Sophie Saleh, age 14, violin
- Barbara Uzun, age 16, violin
Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship
- Aria Abraham, age 13, flute
- Mikayla Bohn, age 13, trombone
- Charlotte Choi, age 13, cello
- Haley Ellis, age 15, soprano
- Holly Hadsall, age 14, piano
- Nathaniel Hadsall, age 13, piano
- Noelle Hadsall, age 11, piano
- Landon Hellman, age 15, piano
- Elaine Hu, age 11, piano
- Grace Hu, age 13, piano
- Jiyoo Kim-Jung, age 11, piano
- Lauren Lee, age 12, piano
- Vincent Lertchareonyong, age 17, piano
- Joseph Malvinni, age 12, guitar
- Evelina McGary, age 19, piano
- Nick Parker, age 16, flute
- Ilana Shapiro, age 20, flute
- Rhyan Shweyk, age 14, piano
- Zeyn Shweyk, age 15, piano
- Aidan Woodruff, age 14, cello