The Guild Scholarship: An Award of Distinction
(Pictured above from left to right: 2014 Music Guild Finalists - Melissa Wong, Alexandra Nieuwsma, Timothy Beccue, Jonathan Kok, Michael Rowlands and Erik Fauss)
What is the Guild Scholarship?
The Guild Scholarship is a highly prestigious music scholarship for exceptional young musicians. The competition is funded by The Guild for Music at Westmont and judged by our head faculty members Grey Brothers, professor of music, Steve Butler, music department chair and professor of music, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, and Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.
How do I qualify for the Guild Scholarship?
1) Applicants must have submitted their Westmont Admissions Application, standardized test scores and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions prior to February 10, 2014. Only students who are deemed qualified for an academic merit scholarship (typically a Provost or Presidential award) will be eligible as finalists.
2) Applicants must have submitted their Westmont Music Scholarship application (including letter of recommendation from a music teacher) and have presented an initial scholarship audition (either live or by recording) prior to the final competition evening and by the following dates:
A) Recorded auditions must be received by February 25, 2014
B) Live auditions are encouraged at the earliest possible date, but those who audition on the final Music Scholarship weekend on the morning of March 1 will be considered for an invitation to the final round if space is available in the competition.
3) All applicants must appear live on the final competition with the exception of any finalists who also qualified as Monroe Academic Scholarship finalists and recorded a formal performance video during their visit for the Monroe Scholarship competition or international students who have submitted a formal performance recording for the finals evening. If those individuals choose, these recordings may be played in their absence at the final competition.
4) All finalists must confirm their intent to appear within 2 weeks of their invitation, or 1/2 of the time between the invitation and the final competition if the invitation is extended less than one month prior to the finals. Finalists will be invited as soon as they are deemed to be qualified to give them as much time to arrange for travel and confirm their appearance as possible. Finalists who confirm after these time limitations will only be accepted at the discretion of the faculty.
There is no additional application process or form for this competition. Finalists will be notified if their audition and admission status merits an invitation to the Guild Scholarship Competition. Winners of the competition will have until May 1st to confirm their acceptance of the Guild Scholarship or any other Westmont merit based award.
The Second Annual Guild Music Scholarship Audition Competition Results.
Cellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont.
Timothy Beccue (Guild Competition Winner)
Timothy, a member of the Junior Chamber Music of Los Angeles, has won numerous awards and performed in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He is a member of the American Youth Symphony and Debut Orchestra, and serves as worship leader in his church. He is home schooled
in coordination with Trinity Pacific Christian School, taking online courses from Oaks Christian School, both in Westlake Village, Calif. Timothy discovered his passion for the cello, which he has played for more than six years, after playing the violin, saxophone and piano. Eventually, he hopes to earn a doctorate in science and mathematics while continuing with his musical pursuits.
Alexandra Nieuwsma (Finalist)
Alexandra, a member of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, is a senior at Fame Public Charter School in Martinez, Calif. She has been playing the harp for more than eight years, performing in the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. Alexandra, who also plays cello and piano, was the featured soloist of Ian Frenkel’s “Harp Christmas” in the Contra Costa Wind Symphony Winterfest 2012 Concert. She founded and performs in the Four Graces harp ensemble, and plans on majoring in both music and political science in college.
Michael Rowlands (Finalist)
Michael is a bassoonist with the Lone Star Youth orchestra, the Metropolitan Winds and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Texas. He plays third bassoon/contra bassoon for the Dallas Metropolitan Winds Ensemble and second bassoon in the Mesquite Symphonic Band. He also plays the euphonium, oboe and English horn and is learning to play the organ. In the Peak Music Festival, he earned Best Euphonium Solo, Best Bassoon Section and Outstanding Euphonium Section. Michael, a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, has also lived in Giessen, Germany. He hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts college and a master’s degree in humanities while continuing with music.
Melissa Wong (Finalist)
Melissa, concertmaster of the Temple City High School orchestra, has been playing the violin for more than nine years. She plays in the Pasadena Youth Symphony and the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra. She performs master classes and serves on the worship team at Evergreen Baptist Church. The San Gabriel, Calif., resident hopes to earn degrees in kinesiology and music while growing in her faith.