CAV Scholarship Awards

2013 Strings Competition
April 13th, Westchester Intermediate School, 10 a.m.
Thomas Schnabel, adjudicator

Each year, the Concert Association of Valparaiso awards a music scholarship to a Porter County youth of high school age (9th through 12th grade, enrolled or home-schooled) of suitable talent in either Strings, Voice, or Piano.  The awards rotate annually; in 2013 the competition was in Strings, next year, 2014, it will be Voice; etc.
The award is to be used for further music instruction or education or events such as music camp or tuition in a music curriculum.  The performance includes two published pieces of contrasting modes that do not exceed ten minutes in total time for both.
Funding for the scholarship is derived from Sustainor donations for the overall operation of Concert Association of Valparaiso, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to "... provide our community with quality entertainment at affordable prices ..." and is staffed with unpaid volunteers who are themselves Sustainors.  The organization has been an established venue of entertainment value in the Valparaiso and Porter County community since 1943.

This year, 2013 -- Strings, brought six applicants to us.2013 applicants

Jacqueline Volk, violin, 16 years old, 11th grade in Portage High School; a student with Tamara Ringus of Chesterton and daughter of  Kristy and Andrew Volk.
She elected to play Mozart's Violin Concerto #3 in G, 1st movement, and Bruch's Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, 1st movement.

Bailey Wantuch, violin, 17 years old, 12th grade in Chesterton High School; a student of Kamen Vatchev of Munster and daughter of Catherine and Matthew Wantuch.
She elected to play Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor, 1st movement, and Bach's Violin Sonata #1 in G minor, the Adagio.

Marissa Weston, violin, 16 years old, 11th grade in Valparaiso High School; a student with Tamara Ringus of Chesterton and daughter of Mickey and Lisa Weston.
She elected to play Bach's Partita #3 in E major, 1st movement, and Saint-Saens' Third Concerto for Violin, 1st movement.

Josh DeVries, cello, 17 years old, 11th grade in Chesterton High School; a student of Richard Hirschl of Chicago and son of Jane DeVries.
He elected to play Saint-Saens' Concerto #1 for Cello, 1st movement, and Bach's Suite #3 for Solo Cello, the Prelude.

Lucia Jiang, violin, 16 years old, 10th grade in Valparaiso High School; a student of June de Forest of Chicago and daughter of Tan & Hongying Tu Jiang.
She elected to play Mozart's Violin Concerto #3 in G, 1st movement, and Handel's Violin Sonata #3 in F, the Adagio.

Olivia Lawson, cello, 18 years old, 12th grade in Valparaiso High School; a student of Patricia White of Merrillville and daughter of Peter & Jennifer Lawson.
She elected to play Bloch's Prayer from Jewish Life, I, and Brahms' Violin Sonata #1 in E minor, 3rd movement.
Unfortunately, Olivia had to cancel her application because of constraining prior commitments.

Adjudicator:  Mr. Thomas Schabel, Director of Music, Duneland Schools, graciously accepted our invitation to judge the competition.  "They were all superb musicians, professional in their stance and musically expert in their rendering.  The choices were very difficult given the talent that was presented this day."
CAV is very grateful to Mr Schnabel, and his expertise definitely followed his renowned reputation.  His decisions awarded

2013 String Winners

Josh will apply his winnings to the cost of his tour with the South Shore Orchestra in their trip to China.

Bailey has been accepted to pursue music at Northwestern University, and will apply her check to her tuition costs.

CAV wishes to congratulate the winners and offer its sincere thanks to all the applicants who represented themselves, their teahcers, their schools, and their teachers in marvelous performances.
Thank you, all.