Nov 7th, 2008 | By | Category: Scholarship Competition

227386_the_viola_playerAnnual scholarships for promising young musicians are given by the club to students of California State University, Sacramento.

Every two years the club hosts the Bertha Stever/Pascal Monk Memorial Auditions, open to students age 17-26 from Sacramento, California and adjoining counties.

These generous scholarship funds, in the tens of thousands of dollars, have been given to the club in bequests from members.

If you are a music student interested in applying for a scholarship, please click on the “Audition Specifications” and “Audition Application” links below.

2010 Stever/Monk Scholarships

The next Stever/Monk competition is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2010. Links to the 2008 Stever/Monk competition documents are below, for your information.

2008 Stever/Paschal Scholarship Audition Specifications (past)
2008 Stever/Paschal Scholarship Application (past)

Bertha Stever/Paschal Monk CSUS Music Scholarship Winners : 2008:

Category Vocal Piano Instrumental
Winner Ariana Uriz Junyao Peng Elaine R. Fitz Gibbon, ‘Cello
Alternate Kristen R. Bluemel Samantha Nielsen Senmiao “Ray” Zhou, Guitar

Elaine Fitz Gibbon is a senior at Davis Senior High School, a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and principal cellist of the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra. She began her cello studies at the age of 5 with Susan MacDonald, studied with Julie Hochman from 1997 to 2007, and is currently a student of Andrew Luchansky. Next fall she will attend New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Natasha Brofsky, and gives her warmest thanks to the Sacramento Saturday Club for aiding her in her endeavors.

Ariana Uriz is very excited to perform Countess Almaviva in BASOTI’s upcoming production of Le nozze di Figaro. Miss Uriz’ opera and musical theater roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Musetta in La Bohéme, Marian in The Music Man, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and Candace Whitcomb in The Village Singer. Miss Uriz is a student of Jacqueline Victorino.

Born in Kunming, China, Junyao Peng began her piano studies at the age of six. A senior at Laguna Creek High School, she is currently under the tutelage of Richard Cionco at California State University, Sacramento, where she has received full scholarship through the university’s Accelerated College Entrance program. Winner of the Silver Award in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Awards, she was recently selected as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and will make her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in June 2008. For the summer of 2008, Junyao has been invited on scholarship to the Fontainebleau International Music Festival in France.

A winner of the 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Junyao has been a guest soloist with the Stockton Symphony, UC Davis Symphony, CSU Northridge Symphony, CSU Sacramento Symphony, and Central Valley Youth Symphony. She is also a semi-finalist in the Oberlin International Piano Competition, and a finalist and scholarship recipient in the New York Piano Competition. In addition, she has been a Sacramento Philharmonic League Scholarship Recipient for the past five years and won first prize in the Sylvia Ghiglieri Piano Competition in 2006 at CSU Stanislaus, where she gave a solo recital. Besides her achievements in music, Junyao is an AP Scholar with Distinction and served as the president of her class for three years. Junyao is also a Frank H. Buck Scholar and winner of the 2007 Goldman Sachs Youth Prize for Excellence in International Education. She will attend Stanford University this fall.

CSUS Annual Music Scholarship Winners : 2007

Annie Coke, soprano, born in Shingle Springs, studied violin from age three. A Ponderosa High School graduate, she began her vocal studies at age eighteen with Ronit Widmann-Levy and is currently a voice major at CSUS studying with Claudia Kitka. She placed second in her division at the 2006 San Joaquin National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions. In May she will be performing the role of Naomi in the CSUS production of Massenet’s Cinderella.

Jason Domonkos is a first year graduate student at CSUS and in pursuing a Master’s degree in percussion performance. He received his B.M. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he studied with Dr. Tomm Roland, Ken Yoshida and Carlos Figueroa. In the future, Mr. Domonkos hopes to attain a college teaching position while maintaining an active performing career.

Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith began her musical studies at the age of five under Heilwig von Koenigsloew at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music in British Columbia, Canada. As a young artist, Ms. Lefurgey-Smith was accepted to the “gifted young musicians” program at the Banff Center of the Arts at the age of 14. A year later she toured Moscow and Australia as principal violinist of the Vancouver Youth Symphony. In 1999 she moved to Toronto where she received her BM in violin performance under the tutelage of Lorand Fenyves. It was there she received the University of Toronto’s Nick Gelmich violin award. In 2005, Elyssa began her Master’s of Music studies at CSUS under Ian Swensen, where she will graduate in the fall of 2007.

Additional studies include summer programs at the Banff Center of the Arts, the Orford Arts Center, University of Victoria and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. She has studied with members of the St. Lawrence and Lafayette String Quartets and has served as additional faculty at the Kirby Summer Chamber Music Workshop where she looks forward to coaching once again this summer.

Sondra Marchand began playing bassoon 8 years ago, and has studied under Karen Gale and Lindsey Bartlett. She attended Davis Senior High School before coming to CSUS. She is currently a senior at CSUS and plays in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Murray
is currently double majoring in Tuba Performance and Education at CSUS, where he currently studies with Julian Dixon. Previously his principal studies have been with Zachariah Spellman (Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra). Robert has within the last year been a performer with several professional sports drumlines including the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco 49ers. Robert has been involved in a variety of drum and bugle corps including the Concord Blue Devils and the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has also taught at various high schools including Lincoln, Rodriguez, Roseville and Nevada Union High Schools. He spends his leisure time skiing, hiking and climbling in the mountains.

Timothy Stanley is a current Master’s degree student at CSUS where he studies with Andrew Luchansky. He received his undergraduate diploma from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where his teacher was Dr. Andrew Smith. He is a current member of many chamber groups at CSUS, including the Baroque Ensemble, Camerata Capistrano. Timothy is also co-principal cello in the CSUS Symphony Orchestra, and a cellist with the Camellia Symphony. He is a founding member of NEXTET and Warped Consort, two new-classical music ensembles. He has performed in the Las Vegas Music Festival, the Advanced Chamber Music Program at Brevard Festival, The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and was accepted to the Quartet Program. Timothy is also a teacher in the Sacramento State String Project, part of the National String Project Consortium. In the future, Timothy hopes to continue playing and teaching.

Jason Wanner
began playing piano by ear at age four, and started lessons at age six. Though his initial training was in classical music, he worked on jazz on the side in order to give himself a more creative musical outlet. In jazz, Jason had many mentors who helped him to refine and launch quite a successful career. He now performs in annual concerts and music festivals all across the United States and Canada, teaches young people how to play jazz piano, and writes music for short films. He has made countless recordings, including three albums of his own. His latest, “Nature Boy,” has recently become avilable on iTunes. Jason has studied with Lorna Peters, and is currently a student of Natsuki Fukasawa. Jason is in his last semester at CSUS.

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