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Bay Music Foundation Holds Competition and Awards

Twenty Three students compete then return for Winners Showcase

February 12, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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The Bay Music Foundation continued a tradition that covers over 50 years in the local area. Twenty three junior and senior high school students competed in the 2012 Bay Music Foundation scholarship competition held on Saturday February 11. Winners gathered Sunday the 12th to present a free "Winners Showcase" recital at St. Boniface Church.

Judges Ponder Scores
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.

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.

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.

At each competition, Judges are given the option to award one of two special awards to outstanding musicians and performers. The Tony Rongo Honor Award is presented for instrumental excellence, and the Robert Story Honor Award for vocalists. This year the Robert Story Award went to vocalist Alejandro (Hondo) Cervantes. Hondo has been competing at Bay Music since he was first eligible and had demonstrated advancement and still each year.

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.

Kayla Wojcik Plays for Judges
The Saturday competition is held at St. Boniface Church. The next day winners and their families and friends came back to the church for an afternoon Winner Showcase Recital followed by a reception. The public is invited to this free concert ti enjoy great music and performances by some of the area's most talented young people.

In the Spring the Foundation presents a "Celebration Of The Arts" program at the State Theater. Winners from the past are invited to provide musical performances giving the audience and supporters the chance to see how they have advanced.

At the Celebration, the Foundation presents the "Peggy Rowley Award" to a person who has made "outstanding contributions to the arts and music in the Bay County". Last year the award was presented to Eileen Harrigan.

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.

The Bay Music Foundation Extends Special Thanks to:
St. Boniface Church and Staff
Herter Music Center
Grampa Tony's
Mike Bacigalupo
Mike Wiesniewski
And to its many financial supporters!

For more information visit

Bay Music Foundation Winners
Class of 2012

Brianne Dolney - 1st Place: Senior Musical Theater

Haley Shorkey
1st Place Int. Instrumental - Trombone

Kathleen Raymond
2nd Place: Senior Vocal

Angela Tomlinson
2nd Place: Senior Piano

Jacob Dresser
2nd Place: Advanced Vocal

Carrie Dudewicz
2nd Place Senior Instrumental - Flute

Anamika Shrethsa
Honorable Mention: Intermediate - Musical Theater

Hannah Leszczynski
Honorable Mention: Int. Piano

Carly Peil
2nd Place Senior Vocal

Brianne Dolney
1st Place: Senior Musical Theater

Samantha Matuszewski
Honorable Mention: Int. Vocal

Katelyn Reithel
1st Place: Senior Instrumental - Clarinet

Hannah Duncan
2nd Place: Intermediate Musical Theater

Alejandro Cervantes
Robert Story Honor Award - Vocalist

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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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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