The 2019 Coast Recital Society (CRS) scholarships were recently awarded to 19 young local students to further their study of classical music.
Bass-baritone Louis Dillon received the Allan Crane Award in recognition of his outstanding musicianship. The award is named after CRS founder Allan Crane, who was particularly devoted to the vocal arts. Dillon recently graduated from the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he studied with Ingrid Attrot.
Violinist Hanna Crudele received the Ross Brougham Award, given annually to the student with the highest mark from the CRS Scholarship Committee. The award is named after Ross Brougham, a great music lover, who served as CRS treasurer for many years. Crudele recently graduated from the University of Ottawa where she studied with Yehonathan Berrick.
Other scholarships were awarded to pianists Taiyo Blackwell, Riku Dyment, Jakob Helfer, Amelia Mellia, Béla Ord and Emily Picard; cellists Lorren Benko and Cael Reid; guitarist Heather Benko; and violinists Sam Fink-Jensen, Jasmine Fitzsimons, Simon Gidora, Bridget Graham, Hannah Marincak, Natalie Martin, Noah Ord and Cassidy Wieler.
In addition, four CRS Adjudicator’s Choice Awards were handed out as part of this year’s Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts: Ainsley Ariss – winds/brass; Daniel Fan – piano; Soleia Meisinger – voice, and Madeleine Malcolmson – bowed strings.
CRS scholarships are funded from the sale of CDs at CRS concerts, and from the proceeds from unused CRS tickets returned for resale. CRS scholarship applications are accepted in January and February of each year and are open to Sunshine Coast students, 25 years or younger, who are studying classical music. More information is available on the CRS website: www.coastrecitalsociety.ca.