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Susan Duey, InConcert Sierra education chair awards $500 youth scholarships this month to Noah Grove and Jozi Gullickson.
Submitted by Fred Hall |

This month, InConcert Sierra awarded two local students scholarships and hosted its third annual Sierra Master Chorale Laura June Breen Youth Vocal Competition.

Congratulations to Noah Grove and Jozi Gullickson, who received InConcert Sierra’s 2013 Autumn Youth Scholarship $500 Award.

Noah Grove is in the eighth grade at the Nevada City School of the Arts and studies clarinet and saxophone.



When asked about his musical needs, Grove wrote,“I would like this scholarship because I would really enjoy having a high quality clarinet to take me through high school. During the last few years, I have worked hard to earn money to purchase a saxophone. I enjoyed the process of researching which saxophone to buy and finally found a professional session player in Los Angeles who sold me one of his saxophones.

“I look forward to purchasing a high quality clarinet so that I may be able to become a more advanced player. I really enjoy playing music, whether it is for family and friends, at performances, or at the Thursday Night Farmer’s Market in Grass Valley.”




Gullickson is in the eighth grade at Nevada City Home Study Charter, studies violin and keyboard and is also studying composition.

When asked what her musical goals are, she wrote, “I’ve always loved to compose music, and I would like to be able to continue with the (MIM) Young Composers Program. When I hear my pieces played in front of an audience, it feels wonderful. I’ve recently composed a slip jig that our group played at this year’s (KVMR) Celtic Festival and I hope it might be able to be published in a Celtic song book.

“I’ve also begun playing with the youth orchestra started by Richard Stone and hope it will continue. I have enjoyed sharing my violin music by performing in local theater productions, as well as the yearly Celtic Festival.”

Each season, the nonprofit arts organization’s educational committee chooses scholarship winners.

On Nov. 3, InConcert Sierra presented its third annual Sierra Master Chorale Laura June Breen Youth Vocal Competition at The Center for the Arts. The contestants, ranging from ages 15 to 21, were Walter Aldrich, Talen Anderson, Ashley Clark, Trevor Humpherys, Emily Rice, Pema Staves and Grace Vieaux

The inspirational performances included a variety of styles such as Broadway, opera, blues, gospel, classical and pop music.

“Once again, it was inspiring to see all those talented young people on stage and to see their dedication to the art of music,” said vocal teacher Dorla Menmuir.

The $500 first prize was awarded to Bear River High School student Emily Rice, and the $400 second prize was given to Sierra College student Walter Aldrich.

Artistic director and pianist Ken Hardin accompanied the contestants as necessary and rehearsed with each vocalist prior to the competition.

“I am always impressed with the wide variety of experience levels and styles of music we receive from the open application process. I thoroughly enjoy getting to work with these young, talented singers,” Hardin said,

“All I can say is wow! Amazing talent in these foothills and a deep appreciation to Ken Hardin, and SMC, for sharing these talented vocalists. They were all winners,” said attendee Joey Jordan.

For more information about the SMC Laura June Breen competition, contact InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3990. For more about scholarships or educational programs, visit inconcertsierra.org.


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