Education & Scholarships
Nurturing the next generation of artistic talent has been a goal of the Sunriver Music Festival ever since it was launched four decades ago. This goal is continually met in multiple ways:
• The Young Artists Scholarship Program
• The Studio to Schools initiative at La Pine Middle and High Schools
• Music Programs and Equipment at Three Rivers School
Details below of each of these three ways we are honored to help strengthen music education in our community.
2017 Young Artists Scholarship Recipients:
Brandon Azbill, guitar, age 21
Eponine Bell, voice, 14
Kierra Bonn, harp, 15
Otmar Borchard, trombone, 20
Jon Caponetto, trombone, 20
Michael Cook, saxophone, 18
Emma Ditmore, voice, 17
Sam Ellibee, oboe, 17
Annie Elliott, voice, 13
John Fawcett, violin, 16
Clara Fuhrman, violin, 23
Mateo Garza, violin, 16
Zeta Gesme, cello, 18
Taylor Gonzales, piano, 22
Sarah Kilroy, violin, 15
Olivia Merth, voice, 14
Gabriel Reed, piano, 16
Kiarra Saito-Beckman, violin, 18
Miya Saito-Beckman, violin, 22
Kimberly Santaguida, piano, 16
Hannah Song, flute, 13
Joan Song, clarinet, 13
Gabriel Sternberg, piano, 15
Nick Wavers, voice, 24
Amy Wheeler, cello, 16
Lindsey Williams, piano, 18
This year's Young Artists Scholarship Concert was held June 11, 2017 in Sunriver.
During its 22-year history, the festival’s Young Artists Scholarship program has awarded nearly $475,000 in scholarships to 142 Central Oregon classical music students in three categories:
- College or Music Conservatory tuition
- Private music lessons
- Music camps to middle school, high school and college students.
To qualify, students must be a permanent resident of Central Oregon, perform at an advanced level, aspire to a career in classical music, and major in music in college. It is open to ages 11-24 through one masters degree.
Studio to School is a multi-year grant initiative supporting 18 collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication. Activities can occur both during and after school. Through this project, The Oregon Community Foundation aims to increase arts opportunities for underserved youth and to support communities in strengthening their networks and capacity to offer year-round arts education.
The Sunriver Music Festival is among one of the 18 projects selected throughout the state of Oregon to receive a five-year Studio to Schools Grant supporting the development of band programs at the La Pine Middle and High Schools and provides ongoing support for implementing music and art education into the daily school curriculum.
So what does this actually look like in reality??
Middle & High School Band: Thanks to this Studio to Schools grant and partnership with Sunriver Music Festival, the band, taught by Michael Chavarin, has been able to grow to include students from 6th to 12th grade. The band now has new uniforms and we are looking forward to the program continuing to expand.
Artists in Residence: Art classes have welcomed professionals in photography, printmaking, papermaking, and more, leading special multi-week residences and after-school clubs.
Guitar Club: David Miller, a longtime working musician and educator, has done a wonderful job taking this after-school class from theory to reality over the last few years. Now the club even has a beginner class and an advanced class, and has such great popularity that they continue meeting even throughout the summer.
Drama Programs: In 2017, La Pine Performing Arts achieved a milestone achievement in presenting their first full-length musical in years. "The Little Mermaid" performed a sold-out weekend and was a grand success in introducing this drama program to the greater La Pine community.
Jazz Choir: Comprised mainly of students in the upper classes, and thanks to support from this grant, Michael Chavarin is empowered to conduct a successful jazz choir in which all students are required to audition. The choirs recently purchased new robes and are also able to continue expanding their music library.
Sunriver's local K-8 school has a thriving music program.
In addition to the elective Band and Choir and Guitar classes, every student has music classes as part of their regular curriculum, taught by the excellent Rebekka Nores. Sunriver Music Festival has partnered with Three Rivers School throughout the years to help purchase and maintain instruments and accessories, orchestra chairs, printed music, and much more, with the help of grants from Sunriver Women's Club, Sunriver Rotary, and others.
After School Orchestra is one of the newer joys we've been able to share with Three Rivers School. We've hired AJ Jimenez to introduce 12-20 kids, mostly 4th and 5th graders, to violin, viola, and cello. These kids, most all who have not played an instrument before, learn the basics of music reading and technique, and have multiple performances throughout the school year.