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: Zachary Sherer, age 10, is a guitar student of Matthew Gwinup and son of Rebecca and Kevin Sherer. Zach loves playing guitar and keeps surprising us with what songs he decides to learn - last year he mastered Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix and at the most recent student recital (which was mostly Christmas music), he delighted the crowd with Led Zeppelinís Stairway to Heaven. He is dedicated and enthusiastic about music, practices hard at home, and performs and shares his love for music willingly. Zach has also studied drums and cello.
Cascade School of Musicís Rising Star Award Winner: Jacqueline Sherer, age 8, is a guitar student of Matthew Gwinup and son of Rebecca and Kevin Sherer. Jackie continually grows in skill and confidence. She has performed several times, both on guitar and singing as she also takes private voice lessons at CSM with instructor Cullie Treichler. Jackie has a very supportive family at home and it shows in her progress and enjoyment of learning new things on her instrument.