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The Second Annual Guild Music Scholarship Audition Competition
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.
Each of the other five finalists, violist Erik Fauss of Santa Rosa, violinist Melissa Wong of San Gabriel, harpist Alexandra Nieuwsma of Martinez, bassoonist and organist Michael Rowlands of Irving, Texas, and pianist Jonathan Kok of Sammamish, Wash, earned $2,000 awards in addition to their other designated music scholarships from Westmont. (Pictured above from left to right: 2014 Music Guild Finalists - Melissa Wong, Alexandra Nieuwsma, Timothy Beccue, Jonathan Kok, Michael Rowlands and Erik Fauss)
Beccue, 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.
Grey Brothers, professor of music, Steve Butler, professor of music and music department chair, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, and Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, judged the competition.
The Guild Scholarship program is funded by the Guild for Music at Westmont. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.
This Years Guild Cometition Finalists were:
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 homeschooled
in coordination with Trinity Pacific Christian School, taking online courses from Oaks Christian School, both in Westlake Village, Calif. Timothy discovered his pas- sion 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.
Erik Fauss was born in Ger- mamy, where his parents were working to rebuild churches decimated during the com- munist era. He began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began violin studies in the 4th grade. In middle school he made the switch viola. In 2010, Erik was selected to play viola in the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra. In 2011 and 2012, he was the group’s principal viola player and leader of the viola section in its Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. This year Erik was selected as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He intends to major in viola performance, loves chamber music and is interested in biomedical science, anatomy and pre-med.
Jonathan Kok has studied piano for 9 years in addition to violin for 8 years and also having been active as a percussionist and guitarist for the past 7 years. He helps lead the Worship Team at Evergreen Fellowship Church and Crossroads Bible Church, and plays violin in the Sam- mamish Symphony Orchestra along with playing percussion in the Bear Creek High School Wind Ensemble. He is planning on pursuing a major in piano performance and has strong interests in leading worship.
Alexandra, a member of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, is a senior at Fame Public Char- ter School in Martinez, Calif. She has been playing the harp for more than eight years, per- forming 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 is a bassoonist with the Lone Star Youth orches- tra, 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 Sym- phonic 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, 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.
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 Guild Scholarship program is funded by The Guild for Music at Westmont. For information about becoming a Guild member or any aspect of this competition, please contact the Westmont Music Office at 805-565-6040.