Young musician wins $500 scholarship |

Young musician wins $500 scholarship

“What makes TCCA so great? It’s that we put on programs where two little girls get a lesson from a superb pianist while accomplished composers (Mark Vance, Jay Sydeman) look on with pleasure,” said Twin Cities Concert Association board member and photographer Fred Hall. This is what occurred after the association’s concert on Sunday.

Cuban pianist Javier Gonzalez took some time out from post-concert reception festivities to hear these young children perform and gave them some pointers, as well. The association lets children aged 5 through 17 attend its concerts free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

The same concert featured the Twin Cities Autumn Youth Scholarship award- winner, 12-year-old Haley Luce. Haley has been studying piano for four years and attends Lyman Gilmore Middle School, where she plays alto saxophone in the band and jazz band.

Her piano teacher, Anna Gold, says, “Haley’s an excellent sight reader … a highly motivated young musician. (She) practices diligently, loves music … a perfectionist.”

Haley wrote in her essay, “I really don’t know what I would do without music in my life. It would be like a piece of me was missing. Music brings much happiness to me, as well as my family when I perform for them.” Her musical goals are to continue studying and playing piano. She hopes to use her award of $500 to help her family purchase a piano.

The recipient of the annual scholarship is selected by TCCA’s education/scholarship committee. Every music teacher in Nevada County is eligible to nominate deserving students based on musical ability and need. Selections are made on the basis of teacher recommendations and student essays. The Autumn Youth Scholarship is designed to represent a broad-based community decision. This scholarship began in 1998 through a scholarship endowment fund started by the late Ardis Mengers in loving memory of her husband, Paul Mengers.

For more information, contact TCCA at 470-9454.

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