Always a popular event appealing to the area’s musical community, the Naples Music Club’s 2014 Annual Winners’ Recital was held Saturday, April 2, at First United Methodist Church in Naples. Performing before a large, appreciative audience were the Anderson String Quartet, comprised of past and present award-winners, and 12 talented young musicians, all of whom had won top awards in the Club’s 2014 competition, held three weeks earlier. Click here for the Program.
The purpose of this competition, open to middle and high school students living in Collier County, Bonita Springs or Estero, is to reward excellence in performance and to encourage musical growth. Notes Scholarship Chair Jan Grundeman, the competition, in providing a performance venue, also promotes self-confidence. This year, 71 awards were made totaling $34,500, bringing the total awarded since the inception of the Club’s Scholarship Program in 1970 to almost $550,000. Awards are used for music lessons, new instruments or upgrades, college expenses or summer camp fees.
The Turiel Award
Included was $3,000 awarded to the winner of the Turiel Award, a scholarship given annually to the student who best meets a number of criteria, including an interview and essay, excellence in performance, and scholastic and music achievements. The Turiel Award was decided this year after the four finalists, Misty Drake, violin; Sean Gorman, trumpet; Allison Kast, flute; and Toni-Ann Singh, soprano, performed at Bayshore CAPA’s Erich Kunzel Community Concert on May 2nd.
Capturing this year’s Turiel Award was violinist Misty Drake. “This award is a great blessing to Misty and to us,” said Misty’sparents, Jennifer and Timothy Drake. “It will go 100% towards her tuition at the Eastman School of Music, where she will major in violin music performance.”
The Haegg Family Awards also Celebrated
Besides its annual Scholarship Competition, the Naples Music Club is known for its commitment to financially disadvantaged students through its many outreach programs. Over $30,000 will be spent on these programs in 2013-2014, and more than double that amount is anticipated for the following year, according to Club President Myra Williams. She attributes this growth to the generous support of our donors and grants from the Collier County Community Foundation, the Naples Children and Education Foundation, and Champions for Learning.
One extremely effective outreach program has been the Haegg Family award, which was created in 2009 and has a strong needs-based component. It provides the winners with a private teacher. Currently eight students are recipients, all of whom have progressed significantly, with many achieving musical honors. The new Haegg Family Awardees were announced at the recital. They include Haylie Abreu, clarinet; Christina Brice, flute; and Gina Schallankamp, viola.