Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 14 year old Kate Britton, Piano, and 22 year old Haley Jo Shaw, Voice, were co-winners of the 2017 - 2018 Cascade School of Music Fortissimo Award Scholarship competition. Each of these students received a $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at the Cascade School of Music. Kate is a student of Marianne Thomas and Haley Jo is a student of Cullie Treichler.
The monthly Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are the best students at the Cascade School of Music. The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.
During Crescendo Bendo Community Music Day held on June 2nd at the Tower Theatre, monthly Fortissimo Award winners competed for the $1000 Fortissimo Grand Prize Scholarship to continue their studies at Cascade School of Music. Kate performed “Arctic Voices” by Griesdale and Haley Jo performed “How Could I Ever Know” from The Secret Garden. Adjudicators for the competition were Michael Gesme, Christian Clark, Peter Brownlee and Shireen Amini.
Marianne Thomas states, “Kate is always prepared for her lesson and always early! She soaks in everything I teach and every week makes progress. She is also innately musical and exhibits natural artistry. Kate is also positive, respectful, and fun to be with.”
Cullie Treichler states, “Haley Jo Shaw is a remarkable young woman. She is unassuming with her natural singing talent and a joy to work with. She is dedicated to developing her gift into skillful artistry and yet maintains a light heart in her studies. She is an exquisite human being and her intrinsic beauty is conveyed in her stage presence and singing voice. It is truly an honor to work with her and witness her development of vocal freedom and poise.”