Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old Piano student, Declan Hoban, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for March, 2017. Declan is a student Krista Aasland and the son of Gavin and Ingrid Hoban 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.
Declan began studying piano 10 months ago after hearing a friend play Fur Elise, and now plays the song himself and with his grandmother on Facetime.
“Declan is an extremely bright and musically sensitive young man. I’m continually blown away by his weekly progress," says Aasland. "Declan practices so much that he is learning multiple pieces each week. With about nine months of piano instruction under his belt, Declan walked into his lesson and said, ‘My grandma gave me the original Fur Elise, and I’ve learned most of it!’"
Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Declan has a real desire to excel on piano. It is remarkable how far he has come in such a short time.”
Along with an award certificate, Declan received a $50 scholarship toward his private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Declan 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, 2017.28 Mar 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old drum student, Andrew Kropp, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for March, 2017. Andrew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Eric and Cheri Kropp of Bend.
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.
Andrew Kropp is a sophomore at Summit High School where he participates in Summit Winds and the Summit Stage Band. Additionally, Andrew performs with the Central Oregon Youth Choir, Cascade Jazz Ensemble at Cascade School of Music, and can be found busking downtown during First Friday. In addition to music, Andrew also plays varsity tennis for Summit High School.
Andrew’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Andrew is always up for an opportunity to learn and perform. This year Andrew played percussion II as my understudy for Young Frankenstein the Musical. Andrew doesn’t shy away from challenges and has entered drum competitions facing off against adult drummers. Andrew has also formed a rock band with friends called, Nosecone.”
Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Andrew is quite a crowd pleaser and a favorite performer during Drum Day and other CSM events. It’s been exciting to watch him grow, branch out and challenge himself.”
Along with an award certificate, Andrew received a $100 scholarship toward his private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo. Andrew 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.