The Guild Scholarship: An Award of Distinction

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Applications for the annual Guild Scholarship competition are currently closed. The Finalists for this year’s competition are listed below. Please join us for the competition on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 P.M. in Deane Chapel on the Westmont campus. Admission is free! More information about last year's finalists, and the scholarship mayalso 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.

Fifth Annual Guild Competition Results

Guild Competition(From Left to right: Anna Stenzel, Violin; Logan Hodgson, Cello; Christina Dubell, Violin; Jenna Walters, Viola; Elaina Crenshaw, Soprano; Cameron Audras, Viola)

The 5th Annual Westmont Music Guild competition was held on Saturday evening, March 4th. Anna Stenzel, Violin; Logan Hodgson, Cello; Christina Dubell, Violin; Jenna Walters, Viola; Elaina Crenshaw, Soprano; Cameron Audras, Viola, performed splendidly for the enthusiastic audience of family, friends, former Guild finalists, community members, faculty and students.

Sixth Annual Guild Competition Finalists

Sarah Chan, Viola
Sarah ChanSarah Chan, a homeschooled senior from Loma Linda, started playing piano at age five and later viola just shy of eight. She is the assistant principal violist of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, and also a section violist in the Pomona College Orchestra and the Loma Linda University Church Sanctuary Orchestra. Sarah Chan has studied viola privately under April Losey and Kira Blumberg. She is an avid handbell ringer, ringing since age nine and currently is a member of a bronze-level group, Bellforza. Last summer, Sarah was privileged to perform in Disneyland with the Handbell Musicians of America. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, playing chamber music with her friends and younger sisters, and Chinese Lion dance.



Hannah Duff, Piano
Hannah DuffHannah Duff is a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. She is a pianist and a vocalist and is part of her school's honor choir and the Columbus International Children's Choir. She is also an aspiring music teacher and enjoys teaching piano lessons, student teaching freshman women's chorus, and directing Six-One-Forte, her school's a cappella group. She is a part of her church worship team and is looking forward to pursuing opportunities to serve God through music in college. Hannah is also an honor roll student and a national merit semifinalist. When not practicing, teaching, or studying, she enjoys distance running and completed her first marathon last year. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and her students for continually inspiring her to teach and make music.


Bryan Kaleta, Violin
Bryan KaletaBryan Kaleta is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. He has been playing violin since 7 years old. Bryan has been the concertmaster at his high school orchestra since 9th grade and received a principle position for the Violin 2 section in the San Diego Youth Symphony. In addition to ensembles, he has won 1st prize in the VOCE concerto competition (San Diego county) and was a finalist in the VOCE statewide competition. In his free time, Bryan is an avid surfer and is interested in surfboard shaping.






Hana Kodaka, Violin
HanaViolin has been a part of my life for 8 years. Throughout those years, I have been in the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Chamber Orchestra, Palos Verdes Peninsula Advanced Orchestra, and Asia America Youth Symphony. In the Chamber Music Institute, I was 1st violin and was awarded Hennings- Fischer Foundation Scholarship. During my high school career, I had been tutoring elementary/middle school students in the Panther Music Mentoring program. I am currently Certificate of Merit Level 8, but will be be taking level 10 this year.



Michael Kong, Violin
Michael KongMichael is a senior in high school at the Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA) at Gavilan College in Gilroy, California. On top of the academic demands of the school, he has been his class’s Class President since freshman year and will be graduating with an Associate’s Degree this May in addition to his high school degree. Currently, he is planning to pursue a major in biochemistry with aspirations to become a cardiothoracic surgeon in the future. Under the instruction of John Kraus, Michael has been playing the violin for ten years. In addition to teaching Michael technique and musicianship, Kraus has exposed him to many professional gigs and shows. With the skills gained from these experiences, Michael has been requested to perform at weddings and other special events across the Bay Area as a soloist and in string quartet settings. His curiosity in music has also led him to pursue the cello with Marilyn George for the past seven years. Inspired by his teachers’ passion for musical instruction, Michael has started his own private studio, teaching violin and cello lessons. In both 2016 and 2017, he was selected from a pool of 18,000 musicians worldwide to perform with the Honors Performance Series at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. In 2016, he took first prize in the annual Al Navaroli Competition in the South Bay and earned the opportunity to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the South Valley Symphony. In the Spring of 2017, he competed in the San Jose Youth Symphony’s (SJYS) annual Young Artist Competition and will be soloing with the symphony’s Philharmonic Orchestra in March of 2018. Currently, Michael plays with SJYS’s premiere ensemble, the Philharmonic, and serves as the associate concertmaster. With the symphony, Michael has toured several European countries including, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary. Michael also uses his music in many volunteer settings. Ever since he could play, he has performed during church services both at his home church and churches across the Silicon Valley. He also serves the elderly and disabled communities at Christmas, playing carols in the halls of hospitals and senior homes in his town. Michael is honored to play for the Guild Competition this evening and hopes that he can provide everyone with a memorable musical experience.


Isaac Siebelink, Viola
Isaac SiebelinkIsaac Siebelink (age 17) has been studying violin for eleven years with several different teachers. He is currently studying viola under Michael McLean at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Former mentors include Anna Weller, Gabriel Bolkosky, Nicolette Solomon of the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, and Jason Uyeyama of La Sierra University. Isaac comes from a musical, home schooled family where all three of his siblings play an instrument. He is also a regular performer in his church band, gives monthly recitals at assisted living homes, and has a seat as a violist in the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Isaac also has a small Suzuki violin studio where he teaches from home in Corona. He is planning to pursue a double major in computer science and music performance in viola. When he is not practicing or studying, he enjoys building small robots, writing novels, and developing software for computer applications.


Anna Terveen, Oboe
AnnaAnna Terveen is a senior at Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Oregon. She has played oboe for seven years and is currently studying with the principal oboist of the Oregon Symphony. Throughout high school, Anna has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, her school band, the allstate honor band and the state solo competition. One of her most memorable experiences was playing the 1812 Overture alongside her teacher and the Oregon Symphony at the Portland Waterfront Concert. In addition to music, she values serving others in her community and is president of the National Honor Society, co chair of the Happy Valley Youth Council and a National Charity League officer. In the future, Lord willing, she hopes to pursue dentistry and travel with Medical Teams International and Doctors Without Borders. Above everything, she wants to honor God through her music, whether it be classical, contemporary, in front of an audience or by herself. Lastly, Anna wants to thank her family for all the encouragement and support they’ve given her and cannot wait to perform for the Guilds Competition.


Previous Guild Competition Winners

William Ellzey, Cello
William EllzeyGuild competition winner and cellist, from Culver City, California is currently a Freshman at Westmont College and a member of the Westmont Orchestra. He studies cello with Trevor Handy.

Jonathan Wong, Violin
Jonathan Wong

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, CelloTim

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, ViolinLalia Magione

Guild competition winner and violinist, from Grand Rapids, Michigan and a 2016 Westmont College graduate.


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 3, 2018.

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, and performed or submitted a qualifying audition prior to February 1, 2018. Only students who are deemed qualified for an academic merit scholarship will be eligible as finalists. Invitations to the competition are extended as qualifying students are identified. The competition will be considered closed when a full program is confirmed. Early submission of all materials is highly recommended.

4) 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.

5) All finalists must submit the information requested 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 beyond the regular scholarship application. 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.