The Guild Scholarship: An Award of Distinction

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The Guild Scholarship application is now open. Please join us for the competition on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 P.M. in Deane Chapel on the Westmont campus. Admission is free! More information about last year's finalists, the scholarship, and how to qualify can be found below.




What is the Guild Scholarship?

The Guild Scholarship is a highly prestigious music scholarship for exceptional young musicians in the amount of up to $10,000 per year for music studies at Westmont. 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, professor of music, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, and Michael Shasberger, music department chair and Adams professor of music and worship. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.

Fourth Annual Guild Competition Results

guild competitors (From Left to right: Nyajima Tut, Soprano; Christina Yang, Piano; Marlena Gonzalez, Cello; Marissa Condie, Flute; Bethany Yew, William Ellzey, Cello)

The 4th Annual Westmont Music Guild competition was held on Saturday evening, March 5th. First place award recipient William Ellzey, Cellist; Nyajima Tut, Soprano; Christina Yang, Piano; Marlena Gonzalez, Cello; Marissa Condie, Flute; and Bethany Yew, performed splendidly for the enthusiastic audience of family, friends, former Guild finalists, community members, faculty and students.

The Fourth Annual Guild Scholarship Competition Finalists

Marlena Gonzalez, Cello
MarlenaMarlena Gonzalez, a cellist, will graduate from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts this spring. Marlena’s first orchestra experiences occurred while in middle school through the ninth grade (2009-2013) at Renaissance Arts Academy. Following the Renaissance program, Marlena successfully auditioned with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and has been performing in the orchestra since. In 2015, she had the honor of becoming second chair and quickly moved to the coveted role of principle in the orchestra’s cello section. Additionally, Marlena participates in the String Ensemble and Chamber Groups at her current high school. To further her musical gifts, she has attended the California Summer Music Chamber Program, in 2013 and studied with cellist, Irene Sharp, an internationally acclaimed teacher on the faculties of theMannes College of Musicand theUniversity of California at Berkeley. The past two summers, she attended the Center Stage Strings Chamber program and has participated in the chamber program at Colburn School of music in Los Angeles, where she also studies theory. Marlena will major in Music Performance in college.

Bethany Yew, Oboe
BethanyBethany Yew has played the oboe for seven years and will graduate this spring from San Marino High School.  Bethany’s many musical experiences include participation in the Pasadena Youth Symphony and San Marino High School Orchestra’s for the past four years.  For the past two years, Bethany also performed in the wind ensemble for her high school.  Continuing to seek further experience, she has performed with the Colburn School of Music Youth Orchestra, in Los Angeles, the Salvation Army Pasadena, the Tabernacle Youth Chorus, and the San Marino High School Chamber Choir, all within the past four years.  Bethany has studied under Dr. Ben Ubovich, the retired music director at San Marino High School, and Miss Catherine DelRusso, the Principal oboist of the Santa Monica Symphony. Bethany also plays the guitar, piano and studies voice.  While she intends to continue in music performance in college, she plans to major in Kinesiology.

Marissa Condie, Flute
MarissaMarissa Condie, plays the flute and hails from, Santa Barbara. Marissa completes her Home School program this spring, as well as concurrent classes from Santa Barbara City College. Marissa has been involved in music for the past eight years, playing a variety of instruments, to include, piano and piccolo.  She has performed with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony for the past two years. Marissa’s music teacher for flute is Andrea DiMaggio, Westmont instructor of flute, BM San Jose State, MM UCSB, and for piano, Jessica Mireles, who earned her degree in piano performance at USC. While continuing to perform in college, Marissa plans to double major in history and chemistry. 

William Ellzey, Cello
WilliamWilliam Ellzey, a cellist, is a senior at Southern California Christian Academy in Culver City. Spanning a period of six years, William has participated in several music performance programs. Those include, the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, the Culver City High School orchestra, First Baptist Culver City String Quartet and  various ensembles through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber Music program. William has studied with Gwyneth Bravo, currently Assistant Professor of Music at New York University Abu Dhabi and active as a musicologist, music educator, and cellist. William has shared his music through community service programs to include; performances at the Los Angeles City Hall, Childrens Hospital, and Senior Residences. William also plays piano and desires to major in cello performance in college.

Nyajima Tut, Soprano
NyajimaNyajima Tut graduated from Storm Lake Senior High in Storm Lake, Iowa in January of 2016 and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She has studied 8 years of cello, 7 years of flute and 3 years of oboe. Nyajima is also involved in large group and individual speech and has competed at the district and state level, she has been selected for the individual allstate festival two years in a row. As a mezzo-soprano, she has been a part of numerous honor choirs and has received multiple superior rankings at IHSMA (Iiowa High School Music Association) solo contests. Her greatest choral experience includes singing in a choir of 600 at the 2015 Iowa All-state music festival. Over 1,000 vocalists across Iowa audition to be a part of this choir, only 13% of those who audition are selected for the festival. Nyajima plans on majoring in music and psychology.

Christina Yang, Piano
ChristinaChristina Yang, a pianist from Diamond Bar will be completing her senior year this spring as a homeschooled student. Christina has been playing for twelve years and has completed the Certificate of Merit level 10/Panel with honors in theory. Moreover, she has attended and participated in masterclasses in her local branch. Christina credits her piano abilities and talents to her wonderful teachers, Sam Sun and Iris Su.  In addition to the piano, Christina has recentlybegun playing the viola. Her recent viola experiences include Junior Chamber Music, Great Commission Church International Orchestra, Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, where she had the honor of being in a rehearsal with highly acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and CODA All-State Orchestra, in which she was Assistant Principal for one year. She also enjoys singing her heart out in choir. Christina plans to major in Piano Performance in college, and in the future aspires to teach at the collegiate level. Her ultimate goal in life however, is to glorifyGod with the talents that He has given her.

Previous Guild Competition Winners

Jonathan Wong, Violin (2015)
Jonathan Wong

2015 Guild competition winner and violinist, from Carlsbad, California is currently a Sophomore at Westmont College and a member of the Westmont Orchestra. He studies violin with Dr. Han Soo Kim.



Tim Beccue, Cello (2014) Tim

2014 Guild competition winner and cellist, from Thousand Oaks, California is currently a Junior at Westmont College and a member of the Westmont Orchestra. He studies cello with private lesson instructor Trevor Handy.

Lalia Mangione, Violin (2013) Lalia Magione

2013 Guild competition winner and violinist, from Grand Rapids, Michigan is currently a Senior at Westmont College and a member of the Westmont Orchestra. She studies violin with Dr. Han Soo Kim.


How do I qualify for the Guild Scholarship?

1) Only entering prospective students (first-year and transfer) are eligible for consideration. The next Music Guild Scholarship Competition will be March 4, 2017.

2) Students interested in being considered for the Guild competition must check the box on the music scholarship application form when they submit it indicating their availability to participate in the event (see exception for international students below). Invitations will typically be extended within two weeks of the completion of the academic admissions process and a formal music audition (either live or via recording).

3) Applicants must have submitted their completed Westmont Admissions Application to the Office of Admissions prior to February 17, 2017. Only students who are deemed qualified for an academic merit scholarship (typically a Provost or Presidential award) will be eligible as finalists.

4) Applicants must have completed their Westmont music scholarship application and audition process by February 27, 2017. Completion of auditions by February 13 is highly encouraged and competitors are invited on a first-come-first-served basis. The competition may fill up at any time after January 1, 2017.

5) All applicants must appear live on the final competition with the exception of international students who have submitted a formal performance recording for the finals evening. If those individuals choose to appear via recording, these recordings will be played in their absence at the final competition.

6) All finalists must submit the information requested at the time of their invitation within 1 week of their invitation, or sooner if the invitation is extended late in February. Finalists will be invited as soon as they are deemed to be qualified to give them as much time to arrange for travel as possible. Finalists who do not provide information in a timely way may be disqualified 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.