2015 Scholarship Recipients Awarded
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Friday Musicale and the Florida Federation for Music: St. John’s District co-presented their scholarship competitions at the Friday Musicale Auditorium, located at 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204.
Applications were available throughout February and March 2015 and were open to all graduating high school seniors that would be majoring in music in college.
Each participant auditioned two memorized pieces and were judged based on performance only. Students were eligible to receive more than one scholarship. Judging the competition were University of North Florida Associate Professor of Violin and Orchestra Conductor Dr. Simon Shiao; concert pianist and Professor of Music at University of Florida Dr. Hee Jung Kang; and Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Jacksonville University Dr. Timothy Snyder.
Friday Musicale’s Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship for $4,000 per year for four consecutive years was awarded to Christiana Shelenberger, piano. Christiana is a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and has studied music for fourteen years, currently with Vickie Stake since 2008. Christiana is attending Florida State University this fall.
The Mary Elizabeth Land Scholarship for Piano for $500 was awarded to Christiana Shelenberger.
2015 FFMC District President’s Scholarship for Piano St. John’s District for $500 was awarded to Katherine Kincaid, piano. Katherine is a senior through a homeschool program and has studied music for thirteen years, currently with Aida Ribeiro Mechetti since 2011. Katherine is considering attending Vanderbilt, Southern Methodist University and Florida State University this fall.
2015 FFMC District President’s Scholarship for Instrument or Voice other than Strings or Piano St. John’s District for $500 was awarded to Nicholas Elliott, trumpet. Nicholas is a senior at Oakleaf High School and has studied music for six years, currently with Charles Matthiessen. Nicholas has not yet decided where he will be attending school in the fall.
As early as 1910, Friday Musicale was raising money for music in public schools and sponsoring “Children’s Days” with programs for and by children. The club purchased instruments, and provided music lessons and scholarships to summer music camps in Asheville, NC and Interlochen, MI. In 1944, philanthropic work became a separate department composed of past presidents living in the city. Philanthropic scholarships for promising students began in the 1930s. In the 1960s, the department established several college scholarships. The Philanthropic Committee decided to hold auditions for scholarships annually, beginning April 2, 2005.
Friday Musicale will present its Scholarship Laureates in concert on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Friday Musicale Auditorium, 645 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Doors will open at 7:00pm. Concert is free and open to the public.