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Bay Music Foundation Holds Scholarship Competition

Winners receive summer music study scholarships

January 22, 2006       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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The Bay Music Foundation held it's annual scholarship competition this past weekend at St. Bonaface Catholic Church in Bay City. Some 17 young musicians performed before judges this year.

For almost 50 years, the foundation been providing summer study scholarships to young musicians and performers from the Bay area. The foundation was the first of its type in the area.

The annual scholarship competition is held each year in January. In what seems to have become a tradition, it always snows, and snows heavily the about the time of the competition. 2006 was no exception. After weeks of above average temperatures, rain, and clear roads, the area saw 6 to 8 inches of snow Friday night. Even so, everyone made it, including judges who came from out of town.

On Sunday after the competition, the winners returned to perform in a Winners Showcase recital. Until this year, the winners from the previous year performed in a "thank you" recital and reported on how they had used their scholarships. With seniors heading off to college, and with other activities, this was always difficult. Bringing back the winners from the day before made much more sense.

Competition is open to all Bay Area Intermediate and High School students. Judging is provided by qualified professional musicians and teachers.

Students in grades 7-8 are classified as "intermediate", grades 9-12 are classified as "senior". Competitors who have previously won their competition at the senior level may compete at the Advanced level.

Competitions are offered for
  • Piano
  • Instrumental
  • Voice
  • Music Theater

    The foundation is an entirely voluntary organization. All scholarship funds are provided by contributions. The Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

    The foundation may be reached at:
    2006 Scholarship Winners
    Intermediate Instrumental
    First Place
    Whitney Piotrowski
    Intermediate Piano
    First Place
    J.J. Treadway
    Intermediate Piano
    Honorable Mention
    Emily Kelly
    Intermediate Musical Theater
    Second Place
    Shelby Avery
    Senior Instrumental
    First Place
    Janel Rutzen
    Senior Instrumental
    Second Place
    Angela Biskner
    Senior Piano
    Second Place
    Mary LaFramboise
    Senior Voice
    First Place
    Reyechel Neiman
    Senior Voice
    Second Place
    Dana Kosinski
    Senior Voice
    Honorable Mention
    Michele Hanson
    Senior Musical Theater
    First Place
    Kelsey Woods

    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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