Cascade School of Music News

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.

Elvis rocks at Cascade School of Music

19 Dec 2014
blog Elvis made a surprise appearance at Cascade School of Music, and was joined in a jam session by Meshem Jackson on drums, Aaron Pugh on guitar and Dillon Schneider on bass. Elvis rocked a couple of tunes with the band and then sang some Christmas carols with the kids. Elvis, come back any time!

Les Schwab sponsors Awesome Afterschool Music Programs

13 Oct 2014
blog Cascade School of Music is proud to have Les Schwab Tire Centers on board as a sponsor of our Awesome Afterschool Music programs. Support from Les Schwab enables the school to keep the tuition very low for these programs and to provide tuition assistance for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise. On behalf of the 75 kids enrolled in these important programs, Thank You!

Rock U Showcase at McMenamins Bend

17 Feb 2019

Sunday, Feb. 17th, 5:00pm-8:00pm


2017 - 2018 PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

23 Aug 2017
blog Pick up your copy of the 2017 - 2018 Cascade School of Music Program Guide this week in The Source, or at Cascade School of Music, and check out all of the engaging programs and classes offered this year!