HS Music Club Announces Scholarship Winners, Recital


Tom Bolton, president of the Hot Springs Music Club, recently announced the music scholarship winners for the 2022-23 academic year following auditions held April 9 at First United Methodist Church, according to a news release.

Carlee McCraney, a senior at Lakeside High School and a student of Lorraine Duso Kitts, was awarded $750 following her oboe audition. She plans to major in music education at the University of Central Arkansas. She played the opening movement of the Concerto in C minor by Benedetto Marcello.

Sarah Catherine Canu, a senior at Hot Springs World Class High School and student of Deleen Davidson, received $500 after her performance of two vocal selections. She has been accepted by several schools and hopes to attend Northwestern University majoring in vocal performance.

Jacob Happy, a sophomore in music education at the University of Memphis, received $400 after performing two etudes by W. Ferling on alto saxophone.

The scholarships will be used at in-state and out-of-state colleges as winners pursue music studies. All winners are Garland County residents who are majoring or will major in music at an accredited college. Winners can audition in subsequent years for scholarship renewal, the statement said.

An honor recital is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Ave. “It will feature these winners as well as outstanding students from local teachers,” the statement read.

“Hot Springs Music Club has sponsored music scholarships for many years. The mission of the club is to promote the musical culture of its members and to foster in the community an increased knowledge and love of good music. It has been a member of Arkansas The Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs since its inception in 1951. HSMC also sponsors an annual Junior Music Festival where young participants perform and receive written feedback from a qualified judge. Public concerts of members’ performances throughout the year are free,” it said.

Music customers can obtain membership information at http://www.hotspringsmusicclub.com.

The honorary concert will begin with selections performed by 11 outstanding students from six music teachers belonging to the Hot Springs Music Club, a separate press release said.

Daphne Boyette, cello student of James Arthur Smith, will play “Andantino” by Shinichi Suzuki. Her sister, Eden Boyette, who is studying piano with Kristen La Madrid, will perform FX Chwatal’s “Little Playmates.”

Kristen Bomberger’s piano student, Avalon Atkinson, will perform the “Humming Song” from Robert Schumann’s “Album for the Young”. Constanza Madrigal, one of Bomberger’s violin students, will play Perlman’s Concertino in A minor.

Kierstin Seewald, piano student of Jolene Williams, will present “Spring’s Return” by Jean Costello. Pianist Estera Cretiu, who studies with Kathy Mesko, will perform “Fur Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Thomas Sinclair, piano student at La Madrid, will play the Nocturne in B flat minor, op. 9. No. 1.

Jolene Williams’ vocal student Seth Henley will sing Irving Berlin favorite “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Pianist Anna Cretiu, who studies with Mesko, will perform “Etude Brillante” by Margaret Goldstein. Lowella Cherry’s piano student, Colleen McMoran, will perform the third movement, “Rondo”, from Kuhlau’s Sonata in C major, Op. 20, No. 1.

Violinist Glorianna Williams, with the help of her teacher Bomberger, will perform the first movement, “Vivace”, of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor for two violins.

The recital will conclude with performances by the winners of the Music Club’s 2022 Scholarship Auditions. Canu, a pupil of Davidson and winner of the second prize, will sing “Still Wie Die Nacht”, by Carl Bohm, and the popular Irish Aire “Danny Boy”.

The concert will conclude with a performance by first prize winner McCraney of the first movement of the Oboe Concerto attributed to Benedetio Marcello. McCraney studied with Lorraine Duso Kitts at Conway.

Jacob Happy – Submitted Photo
Photo Sarah Catherine Canu – Photo submitted
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