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Bay Music Foundation Holds 2011 Competition

25 Young Musicians Compete for Scholarship Awards

February 12, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Twenty Five young musicians competed in the 2011 Bay Music Foundation scholarship competition held on Saturday February 12. On Sunday the winners returned to St. Boniface Church to perform in the Winners Showcase recital. The event, held at Bay City's St. Boniface Church, has been a high point for young musicians for over 50 years. Students compete in Piano, Instrumental, Voice and Musical Theater categories.

Tori Abernathy
1st Place Intermediate Instrumental


Competition is open to all Intermediate and High School students from 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.

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.

Each year the Judges are given the option to award "The Tony Rongo Honors Award" to one outstanding student. Named for long time Bay City musician and music teacher, the late Tony Rongo, this award is reserved for that special student who reaches higher. This year's award went to Johnathan Costello who competed in the Advanced category on saxaphone.


Elieen Harrigan congratulates Andrew Schindler
2nd place Intermediate Vocal
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.

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

Bay Music Foundation Winners
Class of 2011



Carly Peil, 1st Place Senior Musical Theater sings "Gimme Gimme"



Tori Abernathy
First Place
Intermediate Instrumental

Cindy Tae
Second Place
Intermediate Instrumental

Anamika Shrestha
First Place
Intermediate Voice

Andrew Schindler
Second Place
Intermediate Voice

Sydney Owczarzak
First Place
Intermediate Musical Theater

Ashley French
Second Place
Intermediate Musical Theater

Anna Hales
First Place
Intermediate Piano

Christopher Billovits
First Place
Senior Instrumental

Emily Krueger
2nd Place (tie)
Senior Instrumental

Samantha Ward
2nd Place (tie)
Senior Instrumental

Jacob Dresser
First Place
Senior Voice

Kathleen Raymond
Second Place (tie)
Senior Voice

Carly Dauer
Second Place (tie)
Senior Voice

Ellen Martin
First Place
Senior Piano

David Kolb
Honorable Mention
Senior Piano

Angela Tomlinson
Honorable Mention
Senior Piano

Carly Peil
First Place
Senior Musical Theater

Brianne Dolney
Second Place
Senior Musical Theater

Alejandro Cervantes
Second Place
Advanced

Johnathan Costello
Tony Rongo Honor Award





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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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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