Cascade School of Music News

ARIA SCHNEPF WINS RISING STAR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD GRAND PRIZE

06 Jul 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old Guitar student, Aria Schnepf, has been awarded the $500 Rising Star Scholarship Award for 2016 – 2017.  Aria is a student of Randy McRill and the daughter of Zack and Jenna Schnepf of Bend.

The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  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 10th at the Tower Theatre, monthly Rising Star Award winners performed and a drawing was held for the $500 Rising Star Grand Prize Scholarship to continue their studies at Cascade School of Music. Aria performed Air, by Telemann and Fly By Night, by Rush.

“Aria sight reads very well and she attends lessons prepared through consistent practice,” says Randy McRill. “Aria loves playing the guitar and has progressed from being a bit shy to playing with enthusiasm.”

Award sponsors, Wabi Sabi and Just Joe’s Music provided monthly gifts for award winners.

MICHAELA ALEXANDER WINS FORTISSIMO SCHOLARSHIP AWARD GRAND PRIZE

06 Jul 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old violin and cello student, Michaela Alexander, was awarded the $1000 Fortissimo Scholarship Award Grand Prize for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Michaela is a student of Michael Scott and the daughter of Lisa and Fred Alexander of Bend.

The monthly Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  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 10th 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. Michaela performed Minuet 1 & 2 Bach Cello Suite #1.  Adjudicators for the competition were Michael Gesme, Peter Brownlee, Shireen Amini and Bend Larson.  Participating in the competition were: Whitney Walden, Leila Slate, Carson Perl, Andrew Kropp, Michaela Alexander, Reid McMullen and Nicole Fournier.

In addition to her studies on the violin and cello with Mr. Scott, Michaela is the primary cellist for the Redmond Proficiency Academy Symphonic Band, Cascade’s Celli Belli Cello Ensemble, and has collaborated with Cascade School of Music's Rock U program.  

Michaela’s cello instructor, Michael Scott, says, "Michaela has been studying the violin with me for many years and recently added cello to her musical adventure.  She’s smart, friendly and always prepared and ready to learn.   In addition to her music, Michaela is a gifted painter.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing and hearing her work for a long time.”

Award sponsor for the Fortissimo Award, Pizza Mondo, provided monthly gifts for award winners.

Leila Slate Wins April Fortissimo Award

30 Apr 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old drum student, Leila Slate, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for April, 2017.  Leila is a student of Meshem Jackson and Nathan Wegner, and the daughter of Brad and SaraJo Slate of Sunriver.

The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  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. 

Leila is a private student of Meshem Jackson, and has played drums and percussion for the school’s Rock U program for three years.  Leila stands out as a hard rocker with a tiny frame and is known around the school for the “kitty ears” she regularly wears.

Leila’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Up until last year, Leila has played somewhat timid.  She is petite, so by nature the drums seem to overwhelm her stature.  Leila broke out of her shell this year and can bust out bruising fills with ferocity and power! She is so dedicated, has strong family support and often spends time practicing at home with her dad.”

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Leila is a terrifically hard-working student and it has been exciting to watch her growth this year.  She provides a strong and steady beat for her band and is a joy to watch play.”

Along with an award certificate, Leila received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Leila and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Annie Elliott Wins April Rising Star Award

30 Apr 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old Voice student, Annie Elliott, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for April, 2017.  Annie is a student Cullie Treichler and the daughter of Tim and Jennifer Elliott of Bend.

The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  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. 

Annie began her studies with Ms. Treichler just eight months ago and has had several notable accomplishments in the short time.

“Annie is naturally talented, with curiosity and zeal for learning.  She has made outstanding progress this year and achieved many successes.  Annie recently performed at Solo Ensemble, scored 85/90 points and received high praise for her work.  Annie’s pre-audition was accepted and she will audition for the Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship in early June.  Annie’s willingness to discover her voice along with her love of classical repertoire, amazing work ethic and passion for singing make her a joy to work with,” says Cullie Treichler

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Annie has challenged herself this year, she’s delighted audiences during local performances and grown in her musicianship.”

Along with an award certificate, Annie received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Annie and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Ukulele Student Sydney Mucha Wins February Rising Star Award

27 Feb 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 11 year old Ukulele student, Sydney Mucha, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for February, 2017.  Sydney is a student of Rebecca Smith and the daughter of Ken and Jennifer Mucha of Bend.

The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  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. 

Sydney started playing the Ukulele after a few trips to Kauai, and she has loved playing it ever since her first lesson.  Sydney recently performed a duet for her schools musical highlighting The Beetles.

“Sydney has gone way beyond any other ukulele student I have had,” says Rebecca Smith. “She embraces learning challenging strums & finger picking, effects such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, rhythm & note reading and improvisation. Sydney is persistent and willing to tackle new concepts outside of her comfort zone!”

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Sydney’s enthusiasm for ukulele is hard to beat! She will soon be adding baritone ukulele to her list of instruments. Sydney has a delightful personality and this instrument suits her well.”

Along with an award certificate, Sydney received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Sydney and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Bass Student Carson Perl Wins February Fortissimo Award

27 Feb 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 16 year old bass student, Carson Perl, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for February, 2017.  Carson is a student of Eddy Robinson and the son of Fred and Sandy Perl of Bend.

The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  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. 

Carson has participated in the All-State Orchestra 2015, 2016 and was the principal bassist in 2017, All-Northwest Orchestra principal bassist 2017, State Solo Competition where he placed 4th in 2015 and 6th in 2016, District Honor Orchestra 2015 and was the principal bassist in 2016, District Honor Band 2017, Central Oregon Youth Orchestra 2014, 2015 (played at Carnegie Hall) and 2016, Central Oregon Symphony under the direction of Michael Gesme 2017.   In addition to bass, Carson also studies piano and has achieved level 10 in Syllabus.

Carson’s instructor, Eddy Robinson says, “Carson is an extremely motivated and hard-working student. He consistently pushes himself to improve and grow and never backs down from a challenge.  One of my favorite memories with Carson was watching him perform as a freshman at the State Solo Competition in 2015, and then learn that he placed 4th.”

Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Carson has quite a list of accomplishments and we are very pleased to be able to honor him with our top honor.”

Along with an award certificate, Carson received a $100 scholarship toward his private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Carson and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

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Drew Stilson wins

27 Oct 2016
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old drum student Drew Stilson has been awarded the Rising Star Award for October, 2016.  Drew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Rick and Nicole Stilson of Bend.

The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  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. 

“Drew demonstrates remarkable ability for his age.  From the very beginning, his dedication to practice and the development of his skills has been exciting for me as his instructor.  Drew rises to challenges which made my decision to have Drew perform with my upper intermediate and advanced level students an easy one.  Drew’s work ethic and positive attitude along with his family’s unwavering support has really made and continues to make a tremendous impact on Drew’s drumming.” Meshem Jackson


Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “As our school continues to grow, the caliber of young people with the desire to excel in their music does as well.  Drew has enthusiastically embraced all that is drumming and is very deserving of this honor.”

In addition to his private lessons, Drew has participated in the school’s summer Rock U program.

Along with an award certificate, Drew received a $50 scholarship towards his private lessons. Drew and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Whitney Walden wins Fortissimo Award

19 Oct 2016
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The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  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. 

Whitney is exceptionally motivated with an excellent work ethic. Her ability to learn new instrumental and musical ideas is about as good as I have seen in all my years of teaching,” John Allen.  Meshem Jackson adds, “Whitney recently added drums to her mix of instruments.  My first impression of Whitney is that she has focus, determination, and discernment in her attitude and work ethic toward learning a new instrument. I foresee diligence in her approach to practice. She is an intelligent young woman that will have success on her musical journey.”


Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “Whitney is one of a very strong group of up and coming students at Cascade School of Music.  She is a hard worker and we’re excited to discover where Whitney’s talent and enthusiasm for music take her.” In addition to her private lessons, Whitney participates in the school’s Rock U program where she plays the electric bass for the school’s first all female rock band. 

 

Along with an award certificate, Whitney received a $100 scholarship towards her private lessons. Whitney and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.

Jake Thibert wins Fortissimo Award

29 Jan 2016
blog Piano student Jake Thibert has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for January 2016. "Jake is a motivated pianist who challenges himself constantly.  He is able to play with sensitivity and control beyond his years and far beyond the time he has been studying piano. I am so proud of Jake and look forward to seeing the amazing musician and person he is becoming", says Julie Hanney, Jake's teacher.
Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, "Jake began in one of our beginning group piano classes, and after 15 weeks transitioned into private piano lessons. He is a hard worker and we're excited to discover where Jake's talent and enthusiasm for music take him." Along with an award certificate, Jake received $100 scholarship towards his private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza, Cuppa Yo and Cascade School of Music. Jake and subsequent award winners are also the only students eligible for a $1000 award to be given out at The Tower Theatre during Crescendo Bendo in June 2016.