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Bay Music Foundation Holds Annual Scholarship Competition

24 Young musicians compete for scholarship money.

February 10, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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The Bay Music Foundation held it's annual scholarship competition at St. Boniface Church on Saturday February 9th. Twenty four of the areas best young musicians gathered to compete for scholarships and awards.

The Bay Music competition is the high point of the year for many of these students. There are other competitive opportunities, such as the school system's Solo and Ensemble event, but for almost 55 years the Bay Music event has attracted the best.

Winners have historically received cash scholarship awards, which could be used for summer study at camps such as Herter Music's camp to CMU, Blue Lakes, and Interlochen. This year the rules were changed to allow awards to also be used to buy instruments, music, and other music related items.

Each year the judges have the option to reward exceptional students competing in the advanced division with the "Tony Rongo Honors Award". Named for long time Bay City musician and music teacher Tony Rongo, who passed away last year, this award is only given to the best. This year J.J. Treadway received this honor for his piano work.

On Sunday afternoon the day after the competition the winners and their families and friends came back to the church for a showcase recital. This free concert lets the public come to hear some spectacular music by the areas best musicians.

The Bay Music Foundation is a local nonprofit 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 Congratulates
The Bay Music Foundation's
2008 Scholarship Winners!

Senior - 1st
Johnathan Costello (saxophone)

Senior - 2nd
Miranda Badour (saxophone)

Senior - 1st
Ken Yagiela

Senior - 2nd
Kellen King

Senior - 3rd
Evan Gill

Intermediate - 1st
David Kolb

Intermediate - 2nd
Matthew Powers

Senior - 1st
Kara Brewer

Senior -2nd
Clarissa Morgan

Intermediate - 2nd
Kristen Schiebner

Senior - 1st
Dylan Ratell

Senior - 2nd
Liisa Kilmer

Senior - Honorable Mention
Kelsey Wood

Musical Theater
Intermediate - 1st
Carly Peil

Musical Theater
Senior - 1st place
Caitlyn Neiman

Tony Rongo Honors Award
J.J. Treadway (Piano)

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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