Cascade School of Music News

Jamie Smoker January Fortissimo Scholarship Award Winner

31 Jan 2018
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 13 year old piano student, Jamie Smoker, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for January, 2018. Jamie is a student of Julie Hanney, and the daughter of Amy and Jason Smoker 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.


Jamie is involved in many activities outside of music."Jamie's interests in music are limited to piano, but she has a true love for it and plays at home non-stop. She is very active in her church middle school youth groups, and was recently asked to join the Student Leadership Team.  Jamie loves school and is currently competing for a summer scholarship at OSU Cascades to study for a week alongside other girls interested in math and science. She competes in cross-country, track and is an avid skier and mountain biker," states Amy Smoker.


Julie Hanney states, “Jamie challenges herself to do her best each week and she is improving so much! She is playing complex music and bringing life and joy to her playing.”


Along with an award certificate, Jamie received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Jamie and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School Music during Crescendo Bendo, which is held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.

Zoë Clements Wins January Rising Star Scholarship Award

31 Jan 2018

Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that five-year-old violin student, Zoë Clements, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for January, 2018.  Zoë is a student Ginny Hollon and the daughter of Joel and Michele Clements of Bend.


The Rising Star Award recognizes students in year one or 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.  

Zoë is a graduate of Cascade School of Music’s Kindermusik program. She began violin lessons in late September and is showing remarkable progress. Joel and Michele incorporate musical education at home. This, coupled with weekly Kindermusik classes allowed Zoë the ability to identify musical instruments by sound. She knew that she wanted to play the violin.


“I am grateful every day that she found her way to teachers as compassionate and generous as Barbara for Kindermusik, and Ginny for violin.  Ginny cares for Zoë with the kindness and positivity of a true and excellent teacher.  She doesn't ever discourage Zoë from going further, if further is where Zoë is happy to go.  Just as importantly, she gently reminds us to let Zoë lead, rather than pre-determining Zoë's violin path,” said her mother, Michele Clements.


“Working with Zoë and watching her grow musically in the last few months has been a fantastic and rewarding experience for me. In addition, her parents provide excellent support with her practice sessions and at lessons. Zoë is remarkable for her age and already competently reads simple music and plays the notes on all four strings of the instrument. She is a precocious little girl who approaches her lessons and challenges with tenacity and a joyful enthusiasm,” Hollon said.


Along with an award certificate, Zoë received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Cascade Indoor Sports, Cuppa Yo, and Cascade School of Music. Zoë 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, which will be announced at Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.

Bree Bonn Wins Fortissimo Scholarship Award for December, 2017

22 Dec 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 12 year old piano student, Aubrielle “Bree” Bonn, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for December, 2017. Bree is a student of Rebecca Smith, and the daughter of Tom and Karina Bonn 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.

 

Bree started taking piano lessons from her mother when she was quite young, but did not seem to enjoy it or progress in that environment. Years later Bree initiated the idea of studying the harp with Becky Smith at Cascade School of Music and this dramatically increased her love of music.  Currently Bree is studying the piano and has found a niche in writing piano instrumentals.  She seems to enjoy the walking bass-line of a good boogie song and is hopeful to play on her church's worship team, and in a jazz ensemble in the future.

 

Becky Smith states, “Bree has innate musicality, that ‘something special’ and puts in steady effort.  She is willing to put herself in unfamiliar situations, and she shines.  During my first year with Bree, while she was still quite young and studying harp, she joined in with my adult harp ensemble for a performance at a local retirement home.  While conducting, and sweeping my eyes across the group, the performer’s heads were down and they were seriously striving to manage their parts. Then my eye fell on Bree confidently playing; at the same moment she looked up at me and twinkled.  After the performance, one of the adult members of the ensemble said to me, “that Bree has a spark doesn’t she?”  I couldn’t agree more.”

 

Along with an award certificate, Bree received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Bree 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 2, 2018.

Carly Cooper Rising Star Scholarship Award Winner for December, 2017

20 Dec 2017
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old CSM student, Carly Cooper, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for December, 2017.  Carly is a student of Cullie Treichler, and the daughter of Robin and James Engle 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. 

“Carly's love of music began very early in life. At just five months she would move her body and hum to the music at church. Still today, she sings everywhere, in class at school, getting ready in the morning and sometimes she sings herself to sleep. Carly enjoys her lessons with Ms. Cullie, and she has become a stronger and more confident vocalist.  She has performed at her school, along with many other performances through CSM.  In addition to music, Carly has a passion for people, and making them smile. She notices things about people, and openly shares compliments,” says Robin Cooper.

Carly is a bright and beautiful human being. She has been studying voice with me for about a year and a half, and has a natural talent and love for singing. Carly is dedicated to her voice work; and is curious and willing to explore my suggestions in developing greater freedom and healthy technique in her singing. She is a joy to work with and has truly earned this award,” Cullie Treichler.

Along with an award certificate, Carly received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Cuppa Yo, Cascade Indoor Sports and Cascade School of Music.  Carly 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 2, 2018.

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.