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2009 Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Award Winners

Bay Music Foundation Awards Scholarships

February 15, 2009       2 Comments
By: Stephen Kent

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Kenneth Yagiela
Tony Rongo Honor Award
On Valentine Day 2009, twenty of the area's aspiring young musicians gathered at Bay City's St. Boniface Church for the annual The Bay Music Foundation competition, an event that's been a tradition for over 55 years.

Competition is open to all Intermediate and High School students who reside and/or study in the Bay County area. Students compete in three divisions. Students in grades 6 to 8 are classified at the intermediate level. Grade 9 to 12 students compete in the Senior division. Winners in the Senior division can return the next year to compete at an "Advanced" level.


Alejandro Cervantes
1st Place - Senior Voice
There are four competition categories in each division:
    Piano
    Instrumental
    Voice
    Musical Theater

Judges are selected from a pool of professional musicians, music teachers and college professors. A first and second place scholarship is given in each division and category. Judges may also award honorable mentions.

Judges have the option to also award "The Tony Rongo Honors Award" to an outstanding student. Named for long time Bay City musician and music teacher Tony Rongo, who passed away two years ago, this award is only given to the best.

Winners receive cash scholarship awards, which can be used for summer study at camps such as Herter Music's camp to CMU, Blue Lakes, and Interlochen. Optionally the awards may be used to buy instruments, music, and other music related items.


Zachary Barber
2nd Intermediate Instrumental
The Saturday competition is held at St. Boniface Church. The next afternoon winners and their families and friends came back to the church for the Winner Showcase Recital. The public is invited to this free concert enjoy some great music and performances by some of the area's most talented young people.

The Bay Music Foundation is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting music study. Besides the annual competition, the foundation holds workshops and master classes. All scholarship funds come from contributions and the all volunteer organization grants the majority of these funds to scholarships.

For more information visit www.BayMusicFoundation.org

MyBayCity.com Congratulates
The Bay Music Foundation's
2008 Scholarship Winners!


Advanced
1st place
Tony Rongo Honor Award
Kenneth Yagiela

Instrumental
Intermediate - 1st Place
Madison Diehl

Instrumental
Intermediate - 2nd
Zachary Barber

Piano
Intermediate - 1st
Matthew Powers

Voice
Intermediate - 1st
Carly Peil

Voice
Intermediate - 2nd
Mallory Rivard

Voice
Intermediate - Honorable Mention
Melissa Berg

Instrumental
Senior - 1st
Brian Wirsing

Piano
Senior - 1st
April Lukowski

Piano
Senior - 2nd
Bianca Henika

Piano
Senior - Honorable Mention
Samantha Smith

Voice
Senior - 1st
Alejandro Cervantes

Musical Theater
Senior - 1st
Madeline Lynch

Musical Theater
Senior - 2nd
Dylan Ratell

Advanced
2nd place
Johnathan Costello


Links to Bay Music Foundation Stories

2017 Competition
2016 Competition
2015 Competition
2014 Competition
2013 Competition
2012 Competition
2011 Competition
2011 Celebration of the Arts
2011 Competition
2010 Celebration of the Arts
2010 Competition

2009 Celebration of the Arts
2009 Competition
2008 Competition
2007 Competition
2006 Bay Concert Assn. Donation
2006 Competition
2004 Competition Announcement
2003 Competition
2003 Competition Announcement


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lindamacstud Says:       On February 16, 2009 at 11:35 AM
Thank you for the great article (and pictures) on the Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Awards, and for acknowledging the talent of all these young people. Middle school and High school are very busy years for all the students, and these young musicians make practice a priority to develop their gifts and talents. Congratulations to all who competed, especially the award winners!
Anonymous Says:       On February 20, 2009 at 04:30 PM
Having attended the Winners' Showcase, I must say we are really surrounded by a great group of talented young people in this area! They are to be commended! Thank you Bay Music Foundation fro recognizing these talented young people and for giving them a "stage" on which to show their talent.
Agree? or Disagree?


Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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