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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.

Pops and more

Pops and more

April 6, 2022, 10 AM

First Unitarian Universalist Church

4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX

Program

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

Spring Interlude

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 10 AM

Location TBD

Program

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

Program 

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

Program 

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)

Announcing the WMMC Fielder Grant Recipients and High School Competition Winners

2021 Fielder Grant 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.

2021 Recipients of the WMMC Fielder Grant (l to r) : Brian Yeakley, Catherine Goode and Krista Renee Pape

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.

Coming Up on May 19

Presenting the Finalists of the

2020/2021 WMMC High School Competition

10 AM on ZOOM

Our Fourth and Last Virtual Performance Meeting will be held on Zoom at 10 AM on May 19, 2021. We will hear recorded performances of the winners of the 2020/2021 High School Competition. Remember that this year, due to COVID19, only high school seniors were invited to compete.

Club Members will receive a link to the performance via email. If you are not a member and would like to join the virtual meeting, contact our webmaster.

Program

First Place: Elliot Kim, Violinist

Elliot will perform the first movement of the Violin Concerto in D major by Amadeus Mozart accompanied by  Dr. Park Bogum.

Second Place: Laoise Matsumoto, Violinist

Laoise will perform the first movement of the Concerto No. 4, Op. 31 by Henri Vieuxtemps and La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler accompanied by Betty Lin.

Third Place: Ella Jones, Flutist

Ella will perform the “Sarabande” from the Partita for Flute Solo in A minor by J. S. Bach

Coming Up on March 10

Our next Zoom meeting which was originally planned for March 3 is going to happen on March 10 at 10 AM. The problems which plagued the last meeting have been fixed so we are counting on a smoother experience for all. Please join us.

PROGRAM

Three Poems: “End of Winter” by Louise Gluck, “For a New Beginning” by John O’Donohue, and “Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Michelle D’Arcy

“Musings” by Melanie Richards, composer/pianist

“Fantaisie for Flute and Piano” by Phillipe Gaubert performed by Pat Yingst, flutist, and Carolyn McColloch, pianist

“Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor” by Frederic Chopin performed by Brian Grothues, pianist

“Soliloquy for Flute, Op 44” by Lowell Liebermann performed by Sheryl Goodnight, flutist