The Guild Scholarship: An Award of Distinction
The Guild Scholarship competition is now closed. The Finalists for this year’s competition are listed below. 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, and the scholarship may also be found below.
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.
(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. First place award recipient 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.
Previous Guild Competition Winners
Anna Stenzel, Violin (2017)
2017 Guild competition winner and violinist, from Holiday Hills, Illinois.
William Ellzey, Cello (2016)
2016 Guild 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 (2015)
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)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)
2013 Guild competition winner and violinist, from Grand Rapids, Michigan and a 2016 Westmont College graduate.
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.