The Penn State School of Music's annual Spring Scholarship Competition was held Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Esber Recital Hall. Eight students were awarded significant scholarships based on their performances.
The Atherton Memorial Music Award was created to honor Helen Atherton Govier. It provides recognition to undergraduate music students in their second, third, or fourth years who are making a significant contribution to the musical life of the University.
The winner of the 2017 Atherton Award is sophomore pianist Maeve Berry. The daughter of Kevin Berry and Ruthane Reginella, Maeve is a performance major from Renfrew, PA. Her competition repertoire included "Sonata in D Major K. 119" by Domenico Scarlatti, Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in G-flat Major Op. 23, No. 10," and the first movement of "Sonata No. 1, Op. 22" by Alberto Ginastera. She is a piano student of Christopher Guzman.
Maeve participates as a vocalist in Oriana Singers and Concert Choir, and also serves the Concert Choir as collaborative pianist. She received Jury Recognition honors in spring and fall 2016, and was selected as a solo performer for the School of Music's 2016 Mosaic. She is the recipient of the William Forrest Chamber Music Endowment scholarship. She currently serves as fundraising chair for the Oriana Singers/Glee Club organization benefiting THON.
The Presser Scholarship was established to provide recognition for undergraduate students majoring in music. Consideration is given to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music.
The 2017 Presser Scholarship winner is soprano Grace Kiver, a native of State College, PA and the daughter of Christopher and Nicola Kiver. A voice major in the music education degree program, she is a voice student of Jennifer Trost. Her competition repertoire included "In uomini, in soldati" (from Così fan tutte) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Von ewiger Liebe" by Johannes Brahms, and two 20th-century art songs by Samuel Barber and Ned Rorem.
Grace was the recipient of the 2015 Willa Taylor Vocal Endowment Award and the 2015 College of the Liberal Arts' Children of Staff Scholarship Award. She is a member of the Concert Choir and has participated in four productions with Penn State Opera Theatre. She also received Jury Recognition honors in spring and fall 2016. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Penn State's National Association for Music Education Collegiate chapter.
In addition to the Presser Scholarship, Grace was named as the School of Music's nominee for the 2017 College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award. This scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated superior design, humanistic, and performance records, and who have proven their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities.
The Eleanor Beene Scholarship Awards are given in honor of Eleanor Beene,1915-1986, who held a degree in music from McMurry University, and who was a music teacher and church organist for nearly fifty years. Scholarships are presented in her memory to honor her love of music, and to recognize the outstanding pool of talent in the Penn State School of Music. Four students received 2017 Eleanor Beene scholarships.
From Piscataway, NJ, junior music education major Christian Lopez is the son of Victor and Alexandra Lopez. A percussionist in the studio of Dan C. Armstrong, he played "Halcyon Deconstruction" by Nathan Daughtrey for the competition. Christian is a 2016 recipient of an Eleanor Beene scholarship and received Jury Recognition in fall 2015 and spring 2017. He is a member of the Penn State Mallet Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In addition, Christian serves as vocal/music director for the Penn State Singing Lions show choir and serves as vocal director for Penn State Thespian's production of Beauty and the Beast.
Sophomore percussionist Gage Kroljic performed "Moon Chasers" by Mark Ford and "Bounce!" by Anthony DiBartolo for the competition, A student of Dan C. Armstrong, he participates in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, and Campus Orchestra. Gage is pursuing a double major in music education and performance, and was the recipient of Jury Recognition in spring and fall 2016. In addition to his Penn State activities, he also serves as a mentor to the percussionists of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. From Blackwood, NJ, he is the son of Jon and Vicki Kroljic
Anthony Roncolato is a sophomore music education major studying in the piano studio of Christopher Guzman. The son of John and Margaret Roncolato, the Emmaus, PA native participates as a singer in Concert Choir and University Choir, and is a brother in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His competition repertoire was Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in B Minor, Op.32 No. 10" and the first movement of Claude Debussy's "Pour le Piano."
Sophomore soprano Sadie Spivey hails from State College, PA and is the daughter of Norman Spivey and Joyce Robinson. A member of Jennifer Trost’s voice studio, she performed ”Saper vorreste” (from Un ballo in maschera) by Giuseppe Verdi, “I Hate Music!” by Leonard Bernstein, Jules Massenet's “Du Gai Soleil” (from Werther) and, from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, “Batti, Batti.” Sadie is pursuing a double major in voice performance from the School of Music and a degree in acting from the School of Theatre. She is a member of the Concert Choir and was recently seen in the School of Theatre's productions of “Twelfth Night” and “110 in the Shade.” She received Voice Jury Honors in spring and fall 2016.
Sadie was also named winner of the Margot Bos Vocal Award for 2017, which supports excellence in vocal performance. It is awarded to the outstanding vocal candidate in the spring scholarship competition and is endowed by the Margot Music Fund, created by the family and friends of singer Margot Bos (1962-2000).
Sophomore music education major Brooke Cichocki received the Penn State School of Music Award for outstanding performance. A clarinetist, Brooke is a member of Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, a clarinet quartet, and the Marching Blue Band. She received Jury Honors in fall 2015, spring 2016, and fall 2016, and was a recipient of Penn State's President Freshman Award in 2016. A student of Anthony J. Costa, Brooke performed "Hillandale Waltzes" by Victor Babin for the competition. In addition to her musical activities, she is the president-elect of the National Association for Music Education Collegiate chapter, secretary of Penn State's National Band Association chapter, webmaster for the Clarinet Club, and a member of CHAARG. She will be representing Encore, the School of Music's THON organization, as a dancer in THON 2017. Brooke is the daughter of Tom and Gayle Cichocki of Zionsville, PA.
Junior oboe performance major Noah Breneman was named the first-time winner of the Lynne D. Ferguson Memorial Award. New in 2017, this award honors outstanding achievement by an undergraduate music student majoring in piano or wind instrument performance. A student of Timothy Hurtz, Noah performed the first movement of Francis Poulenc's oboe sonata for the competition. He is a member of Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and the Graduate Wind Quintet. Noah also performs with the Williamsport Symphony and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. The son of Thomas and Angela Breneman from Reading, PA, he is the recipient of the Ouwehand Family Trustee Scholarship and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. A Dean's List student for five semesters, he achieved Jury Honors in fall 2015 and Jury Recognition in spring 2016. Noah was chosen to appear as a soloist in the 2016 Mosaic concert.