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The Vero Beach Opera Piano Scholarship Program is currently seeking talented young pianists to audition and apply for the program's current openings for study under Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores. Eligible students should be at the intermediate/advanced level with classical training, are committed to the study of piano, have financial need and are residents of Indian River County.  Auditions will be arranged on an individual basis and will include performing several works by several composers and genres, technique such as scales and arpeggios, and basic theory knowledge.

To arrange for an audition, please e-mail VBO Piano Scholarship Chair Kendra Haines at kjgolfs@bellsouth.net.

Scholarships are funded solely by contributions from individual donors. Serving on the Piano Scholarship Committee are Kendra Haines (Chair), Patricia Sawyer, Shirley Goodell, Janie Gould, Rosemary Gagliardi and Jean Ueltschi.  As VBO President, Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee which includes Vocal and Piano Scholarships. Paul Tardiff volunteers his time to the program as Music Advisor. For more information, call (772) 569-6993.

 


 

MAY 2013 - 3rd annual VBO Piano Scholarship Recital

On May 4,Vero Beach Opera presented the 3rd annual VBO Piano Scholarship Recital featuring the three 2012-2013 season scholarship students of Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores at the Community Church Grace Chapel in Vero Beach. The students played advanced pieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vero Beach Opera offers piano scholarships each year to a limited number of talented students from our area who show great promise and commitment to the study of piano and have limited resources to use for study. Scholarships are funded solely by contributions from individual donors. Serving on the Piano Scholarship Committee are Kendra Haines (Chair), Patricia Sawyer, Shirley Goodell, Janie Gould, Rosemary Gagliardi and Jean Ueltschi.  As VBO President, Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee which includes Vocal and Piano Scholarships.

Alex Jasmin, 16, of Vero Beach, is in the eleventh grade at Vero Beach High School. He is a member of ROTC and plays double bass in the VBHS Symphony Orchestra.  This was Alex’s third year in the scholarship program.

Jeffrey Lamothe 16, is a student at Vero Beach High School, where he plays violin with VBHS Orchestra, is on the math team, and loves to play ultimate frisbee. This was Jeffrey’s first year in the scholarship program, and his first year of formal piano lessons.

Melina Zohn, 16, of Vero Beach, is in the 11th grade at Vero Beach High School. She is in dual enrollment at Indian River State College and takes Advanced Placement classes at the high school.  She is learning how to conduct, and in February she completed the student conductor portion of the Musical Performance Assessments (district MPA) with the orchestra where she led a piece played by the high school orchestra and was graded by a judge. She received a superior, the highest rating. She sings with the Atlantic Children’s Chorale. This was Melina’s third year in the scholarship program.

Instructor Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores is a highly regarded concert pianist with over 25 years of teaching experience.  In addition to his own concert schedule, he serves as the Organist/Pianist and Director of Worship Arts at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church in Vero Beach, FL.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.

Pianist Paul Tardif made a special appearance, playing a piece by Schubert for four hands with Dr. Flores. Mr. Tardif graciously volunteers as musical advisor for the VBO Piano Scholarship program. He received his Master’s Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Cecile Genhart. He later earned his Ph.D. from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of the renowned pianist, Leon Fleisher. He has performed in major halls around the country including Carnegie Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, the National Gallery, The Gardner Museum, and the NC Art Museum.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, please send a check made out to “Vero Beach Opera, Inc.” with “piano scholarship” in the memo field, and mail it to Vero Beach Opera, P.O. Box 6912, Vero Beach, Florida 32961. 

 

 


SUMMER 2012 - VERO BEACH OPERA AWARDS THREE PIANO SCHOLARSHIPS

Vero Beach Opera is pleased to announce that it has awarded piano scholarships to three Vero Beach High School students, each for a year of study with Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores. The scholarships began in the summer of 2012 and will continue through the spring of 2013. Two recipients, Alex Jasmin(16), and Melina Zohn(16),  received scholarships last year and are continuing their studies.  Jeffrey Lamothe(16) was awarded a scholarship for the first time.

Recipients were selected from students who submitted applications with recommendations from their music teachers, and who were then invited to audition before Dr. Flores and members of the Piano Scholarship Committee. “We were pleased to receive such impressive applications,” said Patricia Sawyer, Chair of the Piano Scholarship Committee. “This year most of the applicants had been studying piano or other musical instruments for a number of years or had been singing in auditioned choruses.“

Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores is a highly regarded concert pianist with over 25 years of teaching experience.  In addition to his own concert schedule, he serves as the Organist/Pianist and Director of Worship Arts at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church in Vero Beach, FL.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.

Vero Beach Opera offers piano scholarships each year to a limited number of talented young students who show great promise and commitment to the study of piano, have limited or insufficient personal or parental resources in order to pursue the study and mastery of the piano, and live on the Treasure Coast. Students over the age of 18 who qualify under these requirements and are currently enrolled in an academy, conservatory, institute or university studying piano also are eligible. 

The piano scholarships are funded solely by contributions from individual donors. To make a  tax-deductible donation to the fund, please send a check made out to “Vero Beach Opera, Inc.” with “piano scholarship” in the memo field, and mail it to Vero Beach Opera, P. O. Box 6912, Vero Beach, Florida 32961.  To learn more about the piano scholarship program, call the Vero Beach Opera office at 772-569-6993.

Volunteers serving on the Piano Scholarship Committee are Patricia Sawyer and Kendra Haines (Co-Chairs), Shirley Goodell, Janie Gould, Rosemary Gagliardi, and Jean Ueltschi.  As VBO President, Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee which includes both the Vocal and Piano Scholarship programs.


PREVIOUS NEWS: 

MARCH 2012

Vero Beach Opera to present PIANO SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT RECITAL on March 31

Vero Beach Opera is pleased to announce that it will present a piano recital on March 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm featuring students currently studying piano under the VBO piano scholarship program. The recital will take place in the music rehearsal room at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, and the public is invited to attend. The recital will last about an hour, and refreshments will be served after the performance, which will allow time for the audience to meet the young pianists and their teacher.

The five student pianists were selected last spring as recipients of scholarships to study under the direction of Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores. The students range in age from 10 to 16, and represent all three counties in the Treasure Coast. Some of the students are just beginning their study of piano, and others are more advanced. Melina Zohn and Alex Jasmin will be completing their second year of VBO piano scholarship support, and Giselle Beuscher, Tobey Pope, and Shannon Mae Leon began their studies with Dr. Flores last summer. Each student will play several pieces of music.

The VBO Piano Scholarship Program was launched two years ago, and supports talented and committed young piano students on the Treasure Coast who require financial assistance to reach their musical goals. The scholarships pay for private lessons in piano performance with Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores. Applications are accepted each spring, followed by formal auditions, and scholarships are awarded for the coming year.

Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores is a highly regarded concert pianist with over 25 years of teaching experience. In addition to his own concert schedule, he serves as the Organist/Pianist and Director of Worship Arts at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church in Vero Beach, FL. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.

The piano scholarships are funded solely by contributions from individual donors. To make a tax deductible donation to the fund, send a check made out to “Vero Beach Opera, Inc.” with “piano scholarship” in the memo field, and mail to Vero Beach Opera, P. O. Box 6912, Vero Beach, Florida 32961. To learn more about the piano scholarship program, call the Vero Beach Opera office at 772-569-6993.

Volunteers serving on the Piano Scholarship committee are Patricia Sawyer (Chair), Shirley Goodell, Janie Gould, Rosemary Gagliardi and Jean Ueltschi.


MAY 2011

VERO BEACH OPERA AWARDS FIVE PIANO SCHOLARSHIPS!

Vero Beach Opera is pleased to announce that it has awarded five piano scholarships, each for a year of study with Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores, beginning in June 2011.  Two recipients, Alex Jasmin(14), and Melina Zohn(15), both of Vero Beach, had received scholarships last year and will be continuing their studies with Dr. Flores again this year.  Giselle Beuscher(15) of Jensen Beach, Shannon Leon(9) of Port St. Lucie, and Tobey Pope(13) of Vero Beach were awarded scholarships for the first time.   

Recipients were selected from students who submitted applications and recommendations by the June 1, 2011 deadline.  Each applicant auditioned before Dr. Flores and members of the Piano Scholarship Committee before final decisions were made. “We were pleased to receive so many impressive applications from students and recommendations from teachers across the Treasure Coast,” said Patricia Sawyer, Chair of the Piano Scholarship Committee. 

Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores is a highly regarded concert pianist with over 25 years of teaching experience.  In addition to his own concert schedule, he serves as the Organist/Pianist and Director of Worship Arts at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church in Vero Beach, FL.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.Vero Beach Opera offers piano scholarships each year to a limited number of talented young students who show great promise and commitment to the study of piano, have limited or insufficient personal or parental resources in order to pursue the study and mastery of the piano and live on the Treasure Coast. Students over the age of 18 who qualify under these requirements and are currently enrolled in an academy, conservatory, institute or university studying piano also are eligible.  The deadline for applications for 2012 will be announced soon.

The piano scholarships are funded solely by contributions from individual donors. To make a  tax-deductible donation to the fund, please send a check made out to “Vero Beach Opera, Inc.” with “piano scholarship” in the memo field, and mail it to Vero Beach Opera, P. O. Box 6912, Vero Beach, Florida 32961.  To learn more about the piano scholarship program, call the Vero Beach Opera office at 772-569-6993.

Volunteers serving on the Piano Scholarship Committee are Patricia Sawyer (Chair), Shirley Goodell, Janie Gould, Rosemary Gagliardi and Jean Ueltschi.  As VBO President, Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee which includes both the Vocal and Piano Scholarship programs. 

 

 

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