The Penn State School of Music's annual Spring Scholarship Competition was held March 6, 2014. Eight students were awarded significant scholarships based on their performances, and two graduating seniors received awards recognizing their cumulative achievements and contributions to the school.
The William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Memorial Fund scholarships are awarded in even-numbered years in the School of Music. Established by the late Colonel William J. Leight (’34 B.S. Electrical Engineering), the fund provides scholarships in art and music. Two winners of Leight scholarships were named.
A student of Jennifer Trost, soprano Lisa Rogali is a sophomore music education major from Hawley, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Rogali. She sang "Rejoice Greatly" (from Messiah) by George Friderich Handel, Claude Debussy's C'est l'extase, and "Quando me'n vo'" (from La Bohème) by Giacomo Puccini for the competition. Lisa was the winner of the Margot Bos Vocal Award in spring 2013 and was featured in the 2013 performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Last fall, she appeared as Blanche in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, sang as a member of an opera trio in the School of Music's Mosaic, and also performed opera arias with the Philharmonic Orchestra. Lisa is a member of the Concert Choir and Opera Theatre, and is also an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a music educator.
Lisa was also the winner of the Margot Bos Vocal Award for 2014, 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).
Pianist Anqi Wang was named the other winner of the Leight Award. Anqi is a sophomore pursuing a performance degree, and she hopes to attend graduate school as a piano performance major after graduation. A student of Steven Smith, Anqi played "Tarantelles napolitaines" (from Venezia e Napoli, S. 159) by Franz Liszt and La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy for the competition. A native of Beijing, China, she is the daughter of Baoshun and Haiying Wang.
Based on the high quality of her performance, Anqi was also named the performance achievement winner of the 2014 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 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 2014 Presser Scholarship winner is junior B.M. student Rachael Hendricks. From Allentown, Pennsylvania, she is a clarinet student of Anthony Costa. Rachael played Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto for the scholarship competition. She has participated in Marching Blue Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, a clarinet quartet, and a woodwind quintet during her years as a student at Penn State. She was also chosen as a soloist for the School of Music Mosaic in December 2013. The daughter of Bill and Linda Hendricks, Rachael plans to pursue a graduate degree in clarinet performance.
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 2014 Atherton Award is senior music education major Kelsey Molinari. A percussion student of Dan C. Armstrong, Kelsey played Keiko Abe's Variations on Japanese Children's Songs for the competition. She has been a member of the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble I and II, and Mallet Ensemble. She is also a member of the Nittany Valley Symphony. Kelsey is from Pittsburgh, the daughter of Debbie Molinari. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in percussion performance.
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. Eleanor Beene Scholarships are given 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 have received Eleanor Beene scholarships.
Michelle Brooks is a junior, pursuing a B.M.A. in clarinet and a B.S. in health policy and administration. A student of Anthony Costa, she has served as president of the Clarinet Club and has participated in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and a clarinet quartet named "Lights Out." Michelle played Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber for the scholarship competition. After graduation, she hopes to continue her music-making by playing throughout the community and continuing to teach a studio of clarinet and saxophone students before returning to graduate school. From Fairport, New York, Michelle is the daughter of David and Susan Brooks.
Junior Hannah Lin is a music education major from State College, Pennsylvania. A violin student of James Lyon, her competition repertoire included a movement from Sonata No. 3 in D Minor by Eugene Ysaye and a movement from Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata No. 3 in C. Major, BWV 1005. Hannah plans to pursue a master's degree in Suzuki pedagogy prior to starting her teaching career in the public schools. At Penn State, she has participated in Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles, and she appeared as violin soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra in fall 2013. Hannah, a Schreyer Honors College student, is the daughter of David and Yu-May Lin.
From Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, freshman Kyle McKay is the son of Dan and Sarah McKay. A percussion student of Dan C. Armstrong, Kyle played Michi by Keiko Abe and a movement from the fourth cello suite of Johann Sebastian Bach as his competition repertoire. Kyle's future plans are to become a music educator. He currently participates in Symphonic Band, Mallet Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble I.
Richard Doll is a sophomore music education major and a percussion student of Dan C. Armstrong. His competition repertoire included Dream of the Cherry Blossoms (for solo marimba) by Keiko Abe, and Manhattan Satin (for solo vibraphone) by David Kovins. The son of John and Trish Doll of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, Richard plans to pursue a career as a high school band director and general music teacher. He is a member of Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble I, Mallet Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Marching Blue Band.
Presented by the College of Arts and Architecture, the Awards for Creative Achievement recognize students who exemplify the objectives of the college with respect to enhancement of the arts. Consideration is given to students (preferably final year) who have proven themselves over an extended period of time. Two students were named as recipients.
Jamie Rapaport is a senior vocal performance major. She was the winner of the preliminary round (University Division - Classical) of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition held at Temple University this winter, and will compete at the national round held in May during the Classical Singer Convention in San Antonio, Texas. She has received a fellowship with the Ohio Light Opera's young artist program for summer 2014. The daughter of Amy Rapaport of State College and Adolfo Rapaport of Dubois, Jamie is a voice student of Jennifer Trost. She recently participated in the School of Music's Mosaic as a member of an opera trio, and sang the role of Blanche in the Penn State Opera Theatre's fall production of Dialogues of the Carmelites. She will sing the role of Ruth in Penn State's production of Pirates of Penzance this spring. In addition to her opera participation, Jamie is a member of the Concert Choir.Kate Anderson is a senior pursuing a B.M. degree in saxophone performance. From Huntersville, Pennsylvania, Kate hopes to continue her education by enrolling in a graduate program in jazz studies after earning her bachelor’s degree. She is a student of David Stambler and Dan Yoder. She participates in Centre Dimensions, Passport Jazz Combo, Saxophone Ensemble, and a saxophone quartet. Kate was a soloist in the School of Music Mosaic in December 2012 and the recipient of an Eleanor Beene scholarship award in spring 2013. She is also the president of the Penn State Saxophone Alliance.