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HS Music Club announces scholarship winners, recital

April 24, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Carlee McCraney - Submitted photo

Tom Bolton, president of the Hot Springs Music Club, recently announced the winners of Music Scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year following auditions held on April 9 at First United Methodist Church, a news release said.

Carlee McCraney, a senior at Lakeside High School and student of Lorraine Duso Kitts, was awarded $750 following her audition on the oboe. She plans to major in Music Education at the University of Central Arkansas. She played the opening movement of Concerto in C Minor by Benedetto Marcello.

Sarah Catherine Canu, a senior at Hot Springs World Class High School and student of Deleen Davidson, was awarded $500 following her performance of two vocal selections. She has been accepted by several schools and hopes to attend Northwestern University majoring in vocal performance.

Jacob Happy, a sophomore majoring in Music Education at the University of Memphis, was awarded $400 following his performance of two études by W. Ferling on the alto saxophone.

Scholarships will be used at both in-state and out-of-state colleges as the winners pursue degrees in music. All winners are residents of Garland County are, or will be, majoring in music at an accredited college. Winners may audition in subsequent years for scholarship renewal, the release said.

An Honors Recital is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Ave. "It will feature these winners along with outstanding students of local teachers," the release said.

"Hot Springs Music Club has sponsored music scholarships for many years. The mission of the club is to promote the musical culture of its members and to foster in the community an increased knowledge and love of good music. It has been a member of the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs since its inception in 1951. HSMC also sponsors a Junior Music Festival annually at which young participants perform and receive written feedback from a qualified judge. Public concerts of members' performances throughout the year are free," it said.

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The Honors Concert will begin with selections performed by 11 outstanding students of six music teachers belonging to the Hot Springs Music Club, a separate news release said.

Daphne Boyette, violoncello student of James Arthur Smith, will play "Andantino" by Shinichi Suzuki. Her sister, Eden Boyette, who studies piano with Kristen La Madrid, will offer "Little Playmates" by F.X. Chwatal.

Kristen Bomberger's piano student, Avalon Atkinson, will perform the "Humming Song" from Robert Schumann's "Album for the Young." Constanza Madrigal, one of Bomberger's violin students, will play the Concertino in A Minor by Perlman.

Kierstin Seewald, a piano student of Jolene Williams, will present "Spring's Return" by Jean Costello. Pianist Estera Cretiu, who studies with Kathy Mesko, will play "Fur Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Thomas Sinclair, piano student of La Madrid, will play Fryderyk Chopin's Nocturne in Bb minor, Op. 9. No. 1.

Jolene Williams' vocal student, Seth Henley, will sing the Irving Berlin favorite "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Pianist Anna Cretiu, who studies with Mesko, will offer Margaret Goldstein's "Etude Brillante." Lowella Cherry's piano student, Colleen McMoran, will play the third movement, "Rondo," from Kuhlau's Sonata in C Major, Op. 20, No. 1.

Violinist Glorianna Williams, with the assistance of her teacher, Bomberger, will perform the first movement, "Vivace," of Johann Sebastien Bach's Double Concerto in D Minor for two violins.

The recital will conclude with performances by winners of the Music Club's 2022 Scholarship Auditions. Canu, student of Davidson and second-prize winner, will sing "Still Wie Die Nacht," by Carl Bohm, and the popular Irish Aire "Danny Boy."

The concert will culminate in a performance by first-prize winner McCraney of the first movement of the Oboe Concerto attributed to Benedetio Marcello. McCraney studies with Lorraine Duso Kitts in Conway.

  photo  Jacob Happy - Submitted photo
  photo  Sarah Catherine Canu - Submitted photo

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