Music The Guild Scholarships: Awards of Distinction
Applications for the annual Guild Scholarship competition are currently open for Spring 2019. Applicants must complete their music scholarship application including a pre-screening audition (live or via recording) and be academically admitted to Westmont for the fall of 2019. Applications and auditions are reviewed in the order received and the competitions are open until filled. It is highly recommended that applicants complete both their academic and music scholarship applications by December 1 for optimal consideration. There is no special application for the Music Guild Scholarship program. The regular online Westmont music scholarship application should simply include the request to be considered.
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 faculty members Grey Brothers, professor of music, Steve Butler, professor of music, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, Michael Shasberger, music department chair and Adams professor of music and worship and others. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.
SIXth Annual Guild Competition Results
(From Left to right: Sarah Chan, Viola; Hannah Duff, Piano; Michael Kong, Violin; Hana Kodaka, Violin; Isaac Siebelink, Viola; Anna Terveen, Oboe; Bryan Kaleta, Violin)
The 6th Annual Westmont Music Guild competition was held on Saturday evening, March 3rd. Sarah Chan, Viola; Hannah Duff, Piano; Michael Kong, Violin; Hana Kodaka, Violin; Isaac Siebelink, Viola; Anna Terveen, Oboe; Bryan Kaleta, Violin, performed splendidly for the enthusiastic audience of family, friends, former Guild finalists, community members, faculty and students.
2018 Guild Competition Finalists
Attending Westmont this Fall
Sarah 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.
Bryan 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.
Violin 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.
Isaac 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 Competitions will be February 24, 2019 for voice and March 2nd, 2019 for instrumentalists.
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.