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.
2020 Young Artists Scholarship Recipients:
Brandon Azbill, Guitar, 24
Eponine Bell, Voice, 18
Michael Cook, Saxophone, 23
Fiona Curley, Voice, 15
Sam Ellibee, Oboe, 21
John Fawcett, Violin, 10
Mateo Garza, Violin, 20
Aaron Goyal, Guitar, 12
Nathan Hughes, Saxophone, 19
Taylor Hulett, Voice, 22
Sarah Kilroy, Violin, 18
Kaia Kochersberger, Flute, 12
Maria Kramer, Voice, 19
Olivia Merth, Voice, 18
Lucinda Mone, Voice, 14
Joel Newman, Voice, 16
Ezra Oncken, Violin, 11
Nicolas Oncken, Violin, 14
Gabriel Reed, Piano, 19
Kiarra Saito-Beckman, Violin, 21
Kimberly Santaguida, Piano, 18
Matthias Santucci, Piano, 15
Amy Wheeler, Cello, 19
Lindsey Williams, Piano, 22
In 2020, 24 students were awarded a total of $35,000. Overall in 25 years of the YAS program, $586,250 has been awarded to classical music students in Central Oregon.
A select variety of 2020's fine recipients performed live on July 25. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this concert was closed to the public for the first time in all its years. The students performed beautifully for a limited audience of their parents only. There were 35 people present in total. Thankfully, the concert was recorded and is now available for your viewing pleasure!
During its 25-year history, the festival’s Young Artists Scholarship program has awarded over $586,250 in scholarships to 177 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.
YAS Student Spotlights
Watch this space as more YAS spotlights will be continually added during this special 25th anniversary year!
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: With a beginner class and an advanced class, Guitar Club has grown with such great popularity that they continue meeting even throughout the summer. Thanks to this Studio to Schools grant, Sunriver Music Festival has been able to hire a guitar teacher to come to La Pine every week.
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. This success continued on with "Grease" in 2018 and "Jungle Book" plus "Rock of Ages" in 2019.
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.
Would you like to partner with the Festival in strengthening music education in South Deschutes County? Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. You can specify if you'd like your donation to go toward the Young Artists Scholarships or to the grassroots music education programs at Three Rivers and La Pine Schools.
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