“Thank you sooo much, Dr. Oberacker and the entire Scholarship Committee! I was so pleased to hear that I am an Award winner and my promise to you, the Santa Barbara Music Club, is to become the best musician and humanitarian I can be. It is my goal to spread music, not only because it is my passion, but I think it is an art form that many could greatly be influenced by. I feel so blessed and honored to be given this opportunity and I hope one day I will be able to support a scholarship through the Santa Barbara Music Club for students just like me. I will not forget what you have done for me.”
“The Santa Barbara Music Club was there for me with financial support, performance opportunities, community support and career guidance. SBMC was an integral part of my musical education and played an essential role in allowing me to study with the best names in the industry. I can never thank SBMC enough for all they did for me in my formative years of study. They will always be a big part of the reason I am the successful concert artists I am today.
LESLIE ANN COOK
“UCLA Opera’s Leslie Anne Cook, a mezzo soprano with a rich, burgundy-tinted voice, gave a drolly sensuous account of Rossini’s “Una voce poco fa” from his Barber of Seville
and an idiomatically wistful rendition of the “Violin Aria” from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann
. Cook’s work in UCLA’s rough-and-ready production
of Handel’s Agrippina
in 2010 was already strong. These performances confirmed she is now only an engagement or two away from professional roles.”