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High School Competition 20/21 Winners

2020/2021 High School Competition Winners

Because of the pandemic, this year’s High SchoolAwards contest was limited to high school seniors.The Maurer and Putter Awards were given to the First and Second Place winners, who also shared the Rudd Supplemental Award. The Wilcox Award money, normally given to First and Second Place winners in 9th to 11th grades, was used to create a Third place senior award.

Elliot Kim, First Place Winner

First Place winner is Elliot Kim, Violinist, who won First Place in the Wilcox Contest in 2018. He has studied violin for 12 years, the last 9 with William Dick of Austin. Among his many awards is acceptance to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States ofAmerica in 2020 and 2021. He is first violinist and founding member of the OPUS String Quartet, sponsored by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is also an award-winning pianist. Elliot will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where he plans to continue his music studies and ensemble participation while focusing on pre-medical course work.

Violinist Laoise Matsumoto, Second Place Winner

Second Place went to Laoise Matsumoto, Violinist, and student of U.T. Professor Sandy Yamamoto. Laoise began her violin studies at the age of three, with Kristi Manno. She has participated in numerous festivals, music camps, and institutes over the years, and has won many awards, including two first place awards and a second place award in the 2020 Great ComposersCompetition, an international online competition. Laoise will enter the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the fall, and will study with Professor Sibbi Bernhardsson. She plans to go on to Masters and Doctoral programs after her undergraduate studies.

Flutist Ella Jones, Third Place Winner

Ella Jones, Flutist, won the Third Place Award. She is a student of Ann Kjerulf Knien, who has given us several winners in the past. Ella has won many honors, including first chair in All-State Band, First Place in the Junior Division of the Austin Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, and 3rd Place in its Senior Division. She will attend Trinity University in San Antonio in the fall, where she has been invited to play in their wind symphony and orchestra.

Fielder Grant 2021 Recipients

 The Bonnie Cummins Fielder Grant for Career Advancement is awarded biennially to promising vocalists who are beginning a music career. This year’s finals were held on May 5 at the Steinway Gallery of Austin: the judges were Liz Cass from LOLA and Ron Ulen, Professor of Voice, Texas State University.  

Catherine Goode studied at the University of Houston and Michigan State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Performance. Ms. Goode performed this past year with the Kentucky Opera as well as in the Merola Opera Program, where she was named as Young Artist for 2021. One of her career goals is to create roles and commission a song cycle for women composers.

Renée Pape is a soprano who holds a Master’s Degree in Music, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Houston. She also studied at the Moores School of Music, where she recently performed in Carmina Burana. Ms. Pape is Resident Artist, Opera North and, in 2019, she was named Emerging Artist at Opera in the Ozarks.

Brian Yeakley, currently the director of the Houston opera company
Operativo, also studied at and holds degrees from the University of Houston. Mr. Yeakley has pending contracts for 2021 at both the San Antonio Opera and Opera Saratoga, where recently he showcased his talents(from the ridiculous to the sublime) in performances from Pirates of Penzance and Madama Butterfly.

Love Notes

Love Notes

April 20, 2022, 10 AM

First Unitarian Universalist Church

4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX


Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat, op.63 by Gabriel Faure(1845-1924) performed by Tim Woolsey, pianist

“Prairie Songs for Soprano and Piano on Poems of Carl Sandburg and Willa Cather”: No. 2 Going Home and No. 8 Prairie Reprise by Gwyneth Walker (B. 1947) performed by Elise Ragland, soprano and Maxine Gomes, guest pianist

Festive Piece on “Simple Gifts”, a Shaker Folk Song arranged by Joseph M. Martin performed by Marcia Edwards and Kathryn Govier, duo pianists

“Chicago Medley”: Razzle Dazzle, When You’re Good to Mama, Mr. Cellophane, and All That Jazz performed by Suzy Gallagher, soprano, Kit Thompson, tenor, and Greta Gutman, pianist

Ruby’s Waltz and Fiddle Crossing, both by Ruby Jane Smith (b. 1994) performed by Ruby Jane Smith and Greg Shields, violinists

Love-in-a-Mist by Florence Price (1887-1953) and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Steven Lutvak (b. 1959) performed by Elise Ragland, soprano and Maxine Gomes, guest pianist

Pops and more

Pops and more

April 6, 2022, 10 AM

First Unitarian Universalist Church

4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX


My Life by Ruby Jane Smith (b 1994) and Gregory Shields (b 1946) , Heartaches by the Number by Harlen Howard (1927-2002), and Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Loesser (1910-1969) performed by Ruby Jane Smith and Gregory Shields, violinists

Italian Polka by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) perofrmed by Marcia Edwards, pianist, Kathryn Govier, pianist, and Richard Dayries, guest trumpeter

H.M.S. Pinafore by W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan ((1842-1900) performed by Katherine Shields, soprano and Gena Tabery, pianist

Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute By Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) performed by Terri Freeland, cellist and Brian Grothues, pianist

O, What a Beautiful Morning, If I LovedYou, and Some Enchanted Evening by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) performed by Charles Palmer, baritone and Kathryn Govier, pianist

Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Georges Hue performed by Pat Yingst, flutist and Brian Grothues, pianist

Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service (1874-1958) read by George Edwards


Spring Interlude

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10 AM

Location TBD


Allegretto and Andantino from Sonatina by Eldin Burton (1913-1979) performed by Sheryl Goodnight, flutist and Dr. Stephen Burnaman, guest pianist

Etude Op. 25, no. 12 by Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) and Etude de Concert S. 144, no. 3 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886) performed by Grace Huang, guest pianist

Schon Rosmarin and Toy Soldier’s March by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) performed by Ben Hummel, guest violinist and Kathryn Govier, pianist

Andante Semplice and Allegro giocoso from Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano by Madeleine Dring (1923-1977) performed by Pat Yingst, flutist, Andrew Ross, guest oboist, and Maxine Gomes, guest pianist

Improvisations, Nocturnes by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) performed by Toby Blumenthal-Phillips, pianist

Widmung by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Waltz in D-flat Major, op 64, no. 1 by Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) performed by Isabelle Lipovski, pianist

Love Notes, February 2, 2022

Love Notes

First Unitarian Universalist Church , 4700 Grover Avenue 

April 20, 2022 

Note: This program is not finalized

Program and Collect Leader: Linda Tietz 

Together We Sing: Beautiful Dreamer  led by Carol Brannon with Brian Grothues, piano


Fantaisie by George Hue (b.1858) performed by Pat Yingst, flute and Brian Grothues, piano

“My Life” by Ruby Jane Smith (b.1994)  and Gregory Shields (b. 1946), “Heartaches by the Number” by Harlan Howard (b. 1927), and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser (b.1910) performed by Ruby Jane Smith, violin and Gregory Shields, violin 

Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff (b.1873)   Op. 34, no. 14 for Violin and Piano  performed by Rachel May, violin and Carolyn McColloch, piano

Love-in-a-Mist by Florence Price (b.1887), and Poor Monty from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Steven Lutvak (b.1959) performed by Elise Ragland, soprano and Maxine Gomes, piano (guest) 

Nocturne no. 6 in D-flat, op. 63 Gabriel Fauré (b.1840)  performed by Tim Woolsey, piano 

American Folk, Women Composers, January 19,2022

Founders Day, NFMC 

Dedicated to American Folk, Women Composers 

First Unitarian Universalist Church , 4700 Grover Avenue 

January 19, 2021

Program and Collect Leader: Debbie Cavin 

Together We Sing: Blue Tail Fly  led by Elise Ragland with Kathryn Govier, piano


Shenandoah arr. Jay Althouse, All Through the Night arr. Ruth Elaine Schram  performed by Carol Dewar, soprano and Marcia Edwards, piano 

Ruby’s Waltz by Ruby Jane Smith (b. 1994) Fiddle Crossing by Ruby Jane Smith performed by Ruby Jane Smith, violin and Greg Shields, violin

Festive piece on “Simple Gifts” Traditional   arr. by Joseph M. Martin  Performed by Marcia Edwards and Kathryn Govier, piano duet 

Prairie Songs for Soprano and Piano on Poems of Carl Sandburg  and Willa Cather by Gwyneth Walker(b. 1947): No, 2 “Going Home” and No. 8 “Prairie Reprise” performed by Elise Ragland, soprano and Maxine Gomes, piano (guest)

Holiday Coffee, December 1, 2021

Holiday Coffee

Honoring Associate, Honary and Distinguished Service Members

December 1, 2021 9:30 AM 

Christmas music provided by Isabelle Lipovski 9:30-10:00 AM

Collect Leader: Mollie Tower 

Together We Sing: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  led by Mollie Tower with Isabelle Lipovski, piano


Christmas Story John Henry Faulk (1913-1990) read by Michelle d’Arcy, Karen Millican, and Katie Flahive

Hanukkah Sing-a-long  led by Fran Rush with Greta Gutman, piano 

Christmas Sing-a-long led by Carol Dewar with Isabelle Lipovski, piano 

Violin Concerto in F Minor, op. 8, no. 4, RV 297 (“Winter”)  Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)  performed by Ruby Jane Smith, violin and  Gregory Shields, piano 

Mille Cherubini in Coro Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Il est né le divin enfant Traditional French Carol White Christmas Irving Berlin (1888-1989) performed by Charles Palmer, baritone and Kathryn Govier, piano 

Ave Maria Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Our Father (Lord’s Prayer) Albert Hay Malotte (1895-1964) performed by Isabelle Lipovski, piano

Chamber and American Music, November 3, 2021

Dedicated to Chamber and Amerian Music 

First Unitarian Universalist Church , 4700 Grover Avenue 

 November 3, 2021   10:00 AM

Program and Collect Leader: Melanie Richards

Together We Sing: You’re a Grand Old Flag   led by Carol Dewar with Marcia Edwards, piano 


Tango Etudes Astor Piazzolla (1914-1992)  No. 1 Decidee, No. 3 Molto marcato e energico performed by Sheryl Goodnight, flute 

Sonata in A Minor, op. 1, no. 4 George Frederick Handel  Larghetto, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro (1685-1759)   performed by Marianne Weiss Kim, treble recorder, Angela Smith, cello  and Marcia Edwards, piano 

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major Hans Gal (1890-1987)  Allegretto quasi andante  performed by Richard Kilmer, violin and Toby Blumenthal-Phillips, piano 

Mazurka in A flat, op. 26, no. 3 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)  Etude in C-sharp Minor, op. 25, no.7, Nocturne in B Major, op. 9, no. 3 performed by Tim Woolsey, piano 

Salute to the Armed Forces 

 The U.S. Air Force, The Army Goes Rolling Along, Anchors Aweigh, The Marine Corps Hymn, Coast Guard Marching Song, God Bless America Irving Berlin (1888-1989) led by Carol Dewar with Carolyn McColloch, piano 

International Music, October 20, 2021

Dedicated to International Music, NFMC 

 Chapel of the Austin State Hospital (New Location for this meeting only )

Driving directions to the Chapel at the Austin State Hospital

October 20, 10:00 AM 

Program and Collect Leader: Mariam McFalls 

Together We Sing: America, the Beautiful, Kathryn Shields, leader, Mary Parse, piano  

District VI Fall Conference Delegate Report 



Rondo in A Minor, K 511 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (b. 1756)  performed by Felicity Coltman, piano 


Slavonic Dances TBA Antonin Dvořák (b. 1841)  performed by Angelica Lopez and Betty Mallard, piano duet 


O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück Johannes Brahms (b. 1833) Wir Wandelten Widmung Robert Schumann (b. 1810)  performed by Katharine Shields, soprano and Mary Parse, piano 


Image book I – Reflets dans l’eau Claude Debussy (b.1862) performed by Brian Grothues

**Guest Performer`