Foundation Awards Music Travel Scholarships for Regional Honor Choir Members
The Foundation was honored to award over $4,500 in travel scholarships to 6 exception high school choir students who earned the opportunity to perform as part of the Coastal Region Honor Choir in Palo Alto in November. The region encompasses the area as far north as Crescent City and south to San Luis Obispo, and these students were among the top 238 in this 1/3 of the state. Amazingly, Honor Choir students rehearse for a total of 18 hours over 2-1/2 days prior to their performance at a concert.
Congratulations to Fortuna High’s Drew Merrill and Katie Puckett (teacher is Sarah McClimon), Eureka High’s Cory McCubbrey and Nina Egbert (teacher is Charles Young), and Arcata High’s Olivia Hoffman and Adriana Halligan (teacher is Cassie Moulton – not pictured).
Gerving named U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion
The Rising Stars Foundation announced that violinist and Arcata High freshman Olivia Gerving was recently named the 2015 U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion. The Foundation, created by the Humboldt County Office of Education in 2006 to promote and recognize excellence in local school children, sponsors 10 events throughout the school year including Science Fair, History Day, and All County Music Festival. Additionally, the Foundation helps qualified students showcase their talents even further by supporting their participation at regional, state and national competitions and events. In recognition of her many accomplishments, the Foundation provided financial assistance to Gerving to attend the competition in Edinboro, Pennsylvania earlier this month.
Gerving has played the violin since the age of five and has studied with several local instructors, including Sherry Hanson, Sam McNeill, and Cindy Moyer. While in elementary school at Jacoby Creek School, Gerving was selected for several years to participate with other outstanding area music students in the All County Music Festival. Last year, her violin skills earned her the opportunity to perform at the All State Honor Band in Fresno, playing with the best youth musicians in the state. To qualify to attend the National Fiddling competition, Gerving competed at the Regional competition in Portland and won First Place. In addition to a monetary award, winning the National competition earns Gerving a scholarship to the 2016 Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, a weeklong immersive camp held in North Carolina.
A video link to Gerving’s championship performance can be found on the Rising Stars Facebook page at facebook.com/risingstarsfoundationHCOE.
All County Music Festival Marks 60th Anniversary
Over 300 exceptional middle and high school students from 30 schools in Humboldt and Del Norte counties were selected by their music teachers to perform in the 60th annual All County Music Festival. The event, featuring 5 band, orchestra, and choir ensembles, was held on March 7 at Fortuna High School. Esteemed conductors included Dr. Ken Ayoob and Dr. Paul Cummings (HSU), Dr. Jenny Bent (Sonoma State), John Ector (San Jose’s Mission College), and Jenni Ingram (Clear Lake High School). The evening also included the naming of the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Janet Beckstead of Freshwater School.
Local high school students selected for prestigious All State Honor Choir
Alia Issa (Arcata High), Cory McCubbrey (Eureka High), and Adriana Halligan (Arcata High) were selected by audition to perform in the All State Honor Choir in March in Pasadena. The Rising Stars Foundation proudly provided travel scholarships, including airfare for each student and a parent. The three were among only 330 top choir students from throughout the entire state invited to perform in Womens, Mens, and Mixed Choirs at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. Congratulations to the students, their teachers, Carol Jacobson (Arcata High), Charles Young (Eureka High), and their families.
Six Local Students Attend Honor Choir 2014
Four Arcata High and two Eureka High choir students were selected to perform with the Coastal Region Honor Choir in Palo Alto in November, hosted by the American Choral Directors Association:
Arcata High: Adriana Halligan, Alia Issa, Elizabeth Marshall, and Thomas Tuttle. Their music instructor is Carol Jacobson.
Eureka High: Nina Egbert and James “Cory” McCubbrey. Their music instructor is Charles Young.
The students were selected as six of only 250 in Northern California based on recommendation by their instructors and a rigorous audition process. The Rising Stars Foundation proudly provided a travel scholarship to each student. One parent afterward stated, “They did a very fine job. It was something to behold. And I have experience with various choir festivals. This was an awesome experience for these young people. Thank you so much for the support.” Congrats to students, parents, and teachers on a job well done!
Arcata Freshman Receives Gold Medal Award at CMEA Festival
The Rising Stars Foundation was very proud to provide a travel scholarship to Arcata High freshman Angel Schneider-Reuter in a recent statewide competition – the California Music Educators Association’s (CMEA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival held in May at Sacramento State University. Angel, a flute player, received the highest rating possible at the event – a Gold Medal Award. She was invited to perform based on receiving a Superior rating at the regional festival held at Humboldt State University in February. Earlier this year, Angel performed at another regional event, Nor-Cal Honor Band, at Sonoma State University. Congrats to Angel and her family!