3/5/2008 7:02:00 AM Award-winning young musicians show off talents
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Rachael Zea, Prescott Valley, warms up before her performance at Sunday’s Scholarship Awards Program sponsored by the Prescott Fine Arts Association. Zea earned first place and $225 in the Division I Winds and Percussion category.
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Humboldt resident Samuel Sinclair warms up in the stairwell prior to his performance at the PFAA Scholarship Awards concert.
For one 14-year-old from Orme, her first competition paid off in a big way - a first place win in the Voice category and a $450 scholarship sponsored by the Prescott Fine Arts Association in its Twenty-Sixth Annual Scholarship Awards program.
Colette Roberts has been singing since the age of 3, and having professional musicians for parents no doubt contributes to her talent. Both parents teach private voice lessons, and her mother, Dawn Roberts, is also the choir director at Orme School.
"She's been singing since she could utter anything out of her mouth. She has a nice, clear mature sound," her mother said.
Colette, a soprano who also sings in the lower register of alto, said she loves Italian arias and hopes to pursue her music education in college and eventually sing opera. For Sunday's awards concert, she performed a piece in Italian by Benedetto Marcello called Il Mio el Foco.
Years of practicing the piano also paid off in a big way for Nathanael Gross of Prescott Valley, who this past year earned first place and the $1,000 Outstanding Performance Award in the PFAA competition. The 16-year-old student performed two pieces for the judges. He said he played a J.S. Bach piece that was pure technical ability and another by Edvard Grieg that was more lyrical. He performed the Bach in Sunday's concert for a near-capacity audience, tying for a first place $500 award with Caia Cate Decker.
Gross plans to continue his music studies along with acquiring an engineering degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson or Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Another option he is keeping open is to enroll at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he already attends classes, although it has no music program.
Not surprisingly, the incredibly talented violinist from Humboldt, Samuel Sinclair, took another first place and $600 in Division II Strings.
His outstanding performance produced the same rich full sound on the stage as it did while warming up in the stairwell of the United Methodist Church before the concert.
Prescott Valley resident Rachael Zea earned a first place award in Division I Winds and Percussion for her performance on the flute.
Zea has been playing the flute for about 3 1/2 years and puts in an hour a day on practice, including Sunday morning before the concert, her mother said. She memorizes each piece and performs without using her sheet music.
"Rachael is a very disciplined and enjoyable student to have," said Beverly Chesterby, her music teacher for the past two years.
Zea played the Sonata in F Major by G.P. Telemann.
The PFAA Scholarship Awards is in its 26th year, having grown from two awards in 1983 in one category to 79 winners in seven categories, and more than $15,000 in prize money this year.
The organization awarded two Outstanding Performance awards in the amount of $1,000 each, based on how well the winning students performed at Sunday's concert, to Nicole Cain on the clarinet and Johan Glidden on the violin.
Bradshaw Mountain High School junior Jessica Scott, one of 34 winners in the Art category, earned a $50 award for her collage. She said her money would pay for one more college application.
Her strengths are in math and art, a good combination to have when pursuing a degree in architecture.
Those wishing to learn more about the PFAA scholarship program may call the PFAA office at 445-3286.