The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation held its annual competition on Sunday, April 29 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort (newly acquired by the Hilton corporation), emceed by PASF Board President Deborah Bertling. Eleven outstanding musicians and vocal artists competed for scholarships.
In the instrumental category, prize winners were: First Prize, Timothy Beccue (cello) a senior at Westmont College who studies with Trevor Handy; Second Prize, Sofia Malvinni (violin) is a student in the Core Knowledge Program at La Cumbre Junior High and studies with Valerie Malvinni; Third Prize, Ilana Shapiro (flute) studies with Cathering Ransom Karoly and attends Dos Pueblos High School; Fourth Prize, Josiah Frias (guitar) will be studying at Pepperdine in the fall with Christopher Parkening.
Vocal competition winners were: First Prize, Kelly Newberry (mezzo-soprano); Second Prize, Naomi Merer (soprano); Third Prize, Tyler Reece (baritone). All three winners are Doctoral Candidates (Musical Arts) at UCSB. Kelly is from Isabel Bayrakdarian’s studio and Naomi and Tyler are with Dr. Linda DiFiore.
All other entrants received Encouragement Awards. Judges for the competition were:
Ani Aznavoorian (cellist), John Ballerino (pianist/vocal coach), Carol Ann Manzi (soprano/vocal coach) and Geoffrey Rutkowski (cellist).