At the Grand Finale to the CAPA Rising Star Series held on May 1, 2015, the Naples Music Scholarship Winners competed for the $3000 Turiel Award.
Jeremy Brachle, clarinet, played Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Carl Maria von Weber; Valerie Fowski, French Horn, played the Horn Concerto in C-minor by Franz Strauss; and Tatum Shellenberger, Bassoon, played Bassoon Concerto in Bb Major by W.A.Mozart.
After a difficult deliberation of three strong performances, the judges announced the 2015 Turiel Award winner to be Tatum Shellenberger.
Tatum is a senior at Golden Gate High School, attends Florida Gulf Coast University full-time in the Accelerated Collegiate Program. Tatum first picked up a bassoon in the sixth grade and has pursued it emphatically ever since. Private lessons, summer camps, hours practicing, and making reeds soon consumed her and fueled her passion for music. Tatum’s enthusiasm and drive led her to become a member of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra beginning in eighth grade.
In addition to playing at “the Phil’, she played with high school ensembles, multiple Interlochen Arts Academy bands and orchestras, FGCU wind orchestra and symphony orchestra, several woodwind quintets, Naples Orchestra, and the North Naples United Methodist Church orchestra. She was accepted to Brevard Summer Music Institute and is a member of the International Double Reed Society. Next year she will attend Florida State University with a double major in bassoon performance and music therapy.
Here is a video of the winning performance (with accompanist Dr. Alexandra Carlson).