The Rising Star and Fortissimo awards are for students who have been nominated by their teachers for showing talent, effort, and achievement and great promise as musicians due to perseverance and commitment to their craft. This month, we have the honor of recognizing two sets of hardworking musical siblings!
Cascade School of Music’s Fortissimo Award Winner: Isabella Conner, age 11, is a piano student of Meagan Iverson and daughter of Dermot and Laura Conner. Isabella is an exceptionally focused student and this shows in her music-reading accuracy and in her thoughtful interpretation. The first day she met her CSM teacher, she shared joyfully “We practice piano on the days we eat!” And indeed, the speed and quality with which she grows as a musician is evidence of this daily dedication. Isabella began school band this year, chose the difficult oboe, and thanks to her temperament toward excellence and background in piano study, has already been accepted into the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra.
Cascade School of Music’s Fortissimo Award Winner: Brendan Conner, age 9, is a piano student of Meagan Iverson and son of Dermot and Laura Conner. One of the best things about Brendan is his identity as a musician. Piano study is a top priority in his young life and Brendan constantly desires to play more and more; the harder the piece, the better! He’s successfully passed the Royal Schools of Music exam level 2 and ready to skip ahead to level 4 or 5. There is no limit to how far Brendan will go as a musician as he is fully committed to the challenge and technique-building required to make the music that inspires him.