YOUNG MUSICIANS WIN SCHOLARSHIPS - The Coast Reporter May 18, 2007

Eight Sunshine Coast students will further their musical studies with scholarships awarded by the Coast Recital Society.

Neal Andrews, 18, of Gibsons, who plays the piano, violin and trumpet, receives The Allan Crane Award in the amount of $800. “The CRS presents this award only when a student displays exceptional merit,” says Artistic Director Frances Wainwright. Adds CRS scholarship committee chair Ross Brougham, “We all felt Neal Andrews was at a point in his life when he’s making important musical decisions, and we want to help him realize his wish to purchase a new trumpet. He‘s clearly on his way to a professional career.”

Three students were given $400 scholarships: Matthew Joubert of Sechelt, a student of guitar, composition and piano will use his award for further music studies; Erin MacDonald, a violist currently studying at the University of Victoria, will apply her scholarship to tuition for a Masters Degree in Music at the New Zealand School of Music. Likewise, James Law of Roberts Creek will also use his award for musical instruction.

Kiel Strang of Roberts Creek was awarded $300 for chamber music studies as well as work in violin, piano and composition. Winners of $200 scholarships include Kyle Meyerink of Halfmoon Bay, a student of piano and voice; Talia Strang, Roberts Creek, piano and violin; and Julie Shibasaka of Langdale, who intends to use her award for tuition and to help purchase an acoustic piano.

“It’s our pleasure and our duty to invest in classical music and the young artists who cherish it,“ says Frances Wainwright. “These Coast students are the next generation of teachers, performers and music lovers. Bravos to all our scholarship winners!“

Funds for the CRS Scholarships come from the sale of CDs and the resale of returned tickets.