Young composer wins TCCA scholarship |

Young composer wins TCCA scholarship

Ellary Rose Terpening has been recognized by two local music organizations for her budding talent.

Ellary is among more than a dozen young, local composers whose original compositions will be played by professional musicians on Sunday. Music in the Mountain’s Young Composers Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, in Grass Valley.

In addition, she has received the Spring Teen Scholarship Award of $500 from the Twin Cities Concert Association. She will use it for her musical education, mother Karen Terpening said.

“We selected Ellary because, even at the young age of 14, she shows a thorough devotion to music as a singer, pianist, violinist and composer,” TCCA scholarship committee chairwoman Aileen James wrote.

It’s easier to write music that expresses her emotions than to speak about them, Ellary said.

“I like to speak through music,” she added. Someday, she said, “I hope to write film scores for movies.”

Music runs in the Nevada City girl’s family. Ellary is homeschooled by her mother, who also is a pianist, music teacher and concert promoter. Her brother, Nolan Watt, is a jazz musician, composer and former bassist for the local group Strifer.

Ellary also has acted with the Performing Arts Guild’s Children’s Musical Theater, and she sings in the Sierra College Concert Choir.

Beyond music, Ellary spends much of her spare time in service to the community. She and her mother were involved in the earliest stages of founding the Hospitality House, a traveling wintertime shelter for the homeless, and they operate Nevada City Outreach, a local ministry that serves the needy.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist,e-mail or call 477-4230.

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