The Guild Scholarship: An Award of Distinction

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The Guild Scholarship application is now open. Please join us for next years competition. More information about this year's finalists, the scholarship, and how to qualify can be found below.





Guild Finalists

(From Left to right: Sierra Farrar, Violin; Merckx Dascomb, Piano; Jonathan Wong, Violin; Kennedy Hahn, Piano; Kathryn Ogata, Voice; Mirah Ray, Violin)

Third Annual Guild Competition Results.

The winner, Jonathon Wong, received the first place Guild Music Scholarship of $10,000 along with additional music scholarship awards for study at Westmont. Each of the contestants received a significant music scholarship as well at the awards ceremony. All six finalists are marvelous young musicians and each performed beautifully. Everyone in attendance was blessed by the grace and expressiveness of the performances. It is our hope that these six will continue on together to Westmont and form life-long friendships in their musical journey. We were delighted that finalist Kathryn Ogata committed to Westmont immediately after receiving her award on Saturday!

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.

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 5, 2016.

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, 2016. 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, 2016. 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, 2016

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.

The Third Annual Guild Scholarship Competition Finalists.

Jonathan Wong, Violin (Guild Competition Winner)
Jonathan WongJonathan, a senior at Carlsbad Seaside Academy in Carlsbad, California, has been a violinist for ten years. He has served as Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, San Diego Young Artists Symphony, and Civic Youth Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he is Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony's Best and Brightest Side-by-Side Concert. Jonathan is founder and leader of the Impromptu String Quartet. He is a member of the En Gedi Music Ministry, and he is featured in master classes with Philippe Quint and Augustin Hadelich. Jonathan is also a pianist. While his college major is yet undecided, his interests lie in music and science. Jonathan receives the distinguished Presidential Scholarship from the Westmont Office of Admission.



Mirah Ray, Violin
MirahMirah, a senior at San Domenico School, San Anselmo, California, has been playing music since the age of five. Since then, she has become proficient in four instruments: violin, cello, viola, and piano. While admittedly capable of playing all four, she has sculpted her experience with the violin. Mastering the violin has helped her understand music is more than notes. Mirah began experiencing an orchestral and a chamber ensemble environment at the age of eight. She began playing violin with the Young Performers Orchestra and Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra in Walnut Creek. She joined their advanced ensemble with both violin and cello. Mirah then went to the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. As she has become more experienced, she coaches the Young Performers Orchestra in Diablo, the Regional Youth Orchestra and the Young Performers Chamber Orchestra in Berkeley. For more challenges to enhance her playing, she performed with the Solano Symphony and Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mirah plans to major in Music and Psychology.

Kennedy Hahn, Piano
KennedyKennedy Hahn from Beaverton, Oregon has played the piano for twelve years. She completed the ten levels of syllabus with highest honors, and has also won numerous festivals for Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music in the Portland area. She has performed for hundreds of music teachers at the annual Oregon Music Teacher's Association conference, and has had master classes with esteemed musicians such as: Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi, Dr. Peter Mack, Jill Timmons, Kendall Feeney, Harold Gray, Matt Cooper, and others. Kennedy hopes to major in Health Sciences with a minor in Piano Performance.

Merckx Dascomb, Piano
MerckxMerckx, a senior from Santa Ynez Union Valley High School, has been a pianist for nine years.
He regularly performs in the quartet: 'Forty Fingers' and participated in the VOCE competition of 2012-2013 in which he was the accompanist for two vocalists and they won the state level and received the opportunity to perform at MTAC convention. He will participate in VOCE again this year and will accompany a flutist and vocalist. Merckx will major in Piano Performance in college. He studies piano with Jessica Mireles and also plays trumpet and guitar as well as enjoying singing.

Kathryn Ogata, Voice
KathrynKathryn is a senior at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, CA. As an Alto, she has performed in the
Trinity United Presbyterian Church Choir, the advanced choir at Hewes Middle School, and has completed five years of private voice lessons with Caran Holland. Additionally, Kathryn sings with the
Foothill High School Choir, the advanced women's ensemble, the advanced Madrigal choir, the Dickens carolers group and the worship team at Trinity Presbyterian Church where she has been worship leader. Kathryn plans to major in Psychology and participate in the Westmont choral program. She also plays the acoustic guitar.

Sierra Farrar, Violin
Sierra FarrarSierra is a senior at D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School in Denver, Colorado and been playing the Violin for fourteen years. Her musical experiences include performing in the Ensembles of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and D’Evelyn Advanced Orchestra. She has also performed with the D'Evelyn Woman's Choir, D'Evelyn Concert Choir, Western States Honor Orchestra and the All State Honor Orchestra. Sierra has also played the viola for eleven years. She plans to major in Kinesiology with a minor in Violin Performance in college. Additionally, Sierra has been awarded the Provost merit scholarship from Westmont and will be participating in the Honors Weekend at Westmont. While at Westmont she plans to continue performing in the orchestra, choir, and chamber ensembles.