MacDowell Music Club names scholarship winners

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Gazette staff
Friday, March 21, 2014

The MacDowell Music Club is proud to announce its 2014 annual scholarship winners. The club has selected the following students to receive $300 music scholarships. These students performed their music Feb. 23 at the Janesville Woman's Club.

Rodriguez is a freshman at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill. He has been studying piano since age five under the direction of Susan Peterson. The winner of several musical competitions, Rodriguez received the 2012 Dylan Hendrickson Piano Award from the MacDowell Music Club. He volunteers to play his music at senior facilities in Beloit and is a member of a five-piano team that has performed at Studio Allegro and the Janesville Country Club. Rodriguez plans to use his scholarship to continue his private studies with Peterson.

Cornelio, a senior at Craig High School, has eight years of experience playing the viola, the last five under the private instruction of Martha Morehart. As a sophomore, he went to state for WSMA Solo and Ensemble and participated in Honors Orchestra hosted by UW-Whitewater. At school, he is first chair viola in the Symphonic Orchestra, a member of the Chamber Orchestra and a plays in a quartet. Cornelio plays guitar and sings in the youth worship band at church. He plans to be involved in music in college and this scholarship will help him do so.

Thong is in sixth grade at Marshall Middle School and has been studying voice with Fran Peyer for the last two years. He has been in multiple performances with Spotlight on Kids and secured a lead role in Marshall's "High School Musical". Thong plans to use his scholarship to continue his vocal studies with Peyer. He would like to apply to a high school for the arts in the future.

An eighth-grader at Franklin Middle School, Thiele has been studying piano with JoAnn Koltyk for nine years. In 2012 she received the Nessley-Poston Piano Award from the MacDowell Music Club. Thiele is in the Show Choir at Franklin. She plans to use her scholarship to continue lessons with Koltyk.

A sophomore at Edgerton High School, Lemke has been studying guitar with Brad Lutton since the summer of 2012. He also plays trombone in the high school band and has participated in WSMA Solo and Ensemble for the last four years. Last year he qualified for state with a solo, as well as in a duet. Lemke plans to use his scholarship to continue guitar lessons with Lutton.

Barrette, an eighth-grader at St. Mary's School in Janesville, has studied piano with Anne Weirich for five years. In addition, he plays cornet and trumpet in the advanced band at school. Each Decemebr, Barrette participates in a musical Christmas program at St. Elizabeth's Nursing Home where he performs a Christmas piece for the residents. Barrette is using his scholarship to continue his piano lessons with Weirich.

A home-schooled senior, Keller has studied voice with Laurie Mitchell for a year and a half. A member of a home-school choir, Keller has been playing piano for thirteen years, eight of those under the instruction of Janet Schroeder. Keller gives weekly piano lessons to three students and continues to sing, teach, and play piano. Karisa received the Dylan Hendrickson Piano Award from the MacDowell Music Club in 2013.

Zanter is a junior at Edgerton High School and has been studying piano for nine years with Jayne Lubke. In addition to piano, Zinter studies flute at school with Mary Wilkosz. She has performed solos, duets, trios, and chamber music at WSMA Solo and Ensemble. Zinter has been an alternate for the State Honors Band and will perform on flute with the NBA Honors Band this year. Zinter plans to major in music performance in college. She plans to use this award to continue her piano lessons.

A seventh-grader at St. Paul's Lutheran School, Hermanson has been studying violin with Anna Falk for seven years. Elyssa participates in WFMC Junior Festival and recently received enough points to earn her second gold cup. Hermanson plays trumpet and trombone at school. She also enjoys acting, and had a role in "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Armory. She will use her scholarship to continue private violin lessons.

Kasprzak is home schooled and in the sixth grade. She has been studying voice with Fran Peyer for four years. Karprzak has performed with home-school choirs and various musicals for the past three years. She has been a member of the Badger Showstoppers since 2012 and takes piano and guitar lessons. She plans to use her scholarship to continue her private studies.

An Edison Middle School eighth-grader, Marshall has been playing French horn since the fifth grade. Playing the trumpet as well, Marshall is a member of the Janesville Honors Band, Edison Middle School Jazz Band and actively participates in WSMA Solo and Ensemble. she also participates in show choir. With this award, Marshall will continue her studies under the private instruction of Dan Emerson.

Hegle is in the eighth grade at Bridges Virtual Academy and has been studying piano privately with Janet Schroeder for six years. Hegle has been taking voice lessons for two years and is a member of a local home-school choir. She will use the scholarship to continue her private piano studies.

A home-schooled eighth-grader, Familetti has been studying violin privately with Martha Morehart for eight years. Familetti is assistant concert master for the Rock Prairie Youth Orchestra. Familetti participates in WFMC Junior Festival and has received several superior ratings. With his scholarship, he plans to continue his private studies.

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