Music Worcester, Inc. announces local winners of Young Artist Competition
Shrewsbury - Music Worcester, Inc., a non-profit cultural organization and presenter of the Worcester Music Festival since 1858, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship competition for student musicians. The Young Artist Competition is open to residents of Worcester County, 12-18 year-old instrumentalists, performing classical pieces of music. The scholarship monies may be used for school, materials, lessons, or other needs. A total of four levels of prizes were awarded.
The Music Guild First Prize was won by 14-year-old Vanessa Meiling Haynes, a pianist who lives in Shrewsbury and studies with Tema Blackstone at the New England Conservatory Prep. She has won many awards in Ohio, South Carolina, Spain, Washington state, NYC, and China. She will be invited to perform at the annual Music Guild Luncheon and Musicale on May 16.
Stubblebine Prizes were also awarded. Earning the 2nd Stubblebine Prize was Felix Chen of Shrewsbury. A clarinetist who also won a prize in last year’s competition, the 16-year-old studies with Vladimir Vaskevich, whose studio is at The Joy of Music Program in Worcester. He also performs with the Worcester and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, taken the 2nd Seven Hills Concerto Competition Prize, and participated in many Central District and Massachusetts All-State concert bands and orchestras.
The Third Stubblebine Prize winner was pianist Raagini Rameshwar of Shrewsbury, a 16-year-old student at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough. She is a student of Janet King Ainsworth, previously at The Rivers School, and studies theory and composition with Boston Conservatory of Music Faculty composer, Dr. Stephen Halloran.
As performance opportunities become available, the Stubblebine Award winners will be invited to various events to perform as their schedules allow
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