Performing Arts Scholarship Basis Honors Rising Artists | Arts & Leisure

Posted on May 22, 2021
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The pianist Noelle Hadsall won first place in the Junior Division. (Courtesy photo)

Twelve outstanding musicians and vocal artists, ages 13 to 29, applied for grants totaling more than $ 24,000 when the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) held its annual competition on April 25 at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito held.

These finalists were selected from around 25 applicants by the members of the PASF Board of Trustees, Deborah Bertling, Kristine Pacheco-Bernt, Neil DiMaggio, David McKee and Adrian Spence.

The winners are:

Instrumental category for adults: First place, Ching-Yun Chen, PhD student in piano performance at UCSB.

Singing Competition: First Place, Patricia Westley, a soprano currently transitioning from Young Artist programs to a professional opera career. Second place is the soprano Naomi Merer, who is doing her doctorate in vocal performance at UCSB.

Junior Division Instrumentalist: First place, Noelle Hadsall on piano, student at Mountain View Elementary; second place, Joseph Malvinni on guitar, student at La Cumbre Junior High; and Holly Hadsall at the piano, a student at San Marcos High School.

Honorable Mention: Olivia Barker, soprano; Grace Hu, piano; Nathaniel Hadsall, piano; Evelina McGary, piano; Zeyn and Rhyan Schweyk, piano.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the competition was held in Lehman Hall. The only spectators were the competition judges Ani Aznavoorian, Paul Berkowitz and Armen Guzelimian as well as the PASF board chairwoman Deborah Bertling. and videographer David Bazemore.

A video of the event will be posted on the PASF You Tube channel for the public and attendees to see the performances.

The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1982 by the late Ms. Lincoln Dellar to provide assistance to deserving vocal and instrumental students with professional potential who live and / or study in the Santa Barbara area.

For more information about PASF and its annual awards program, please visit pasfsb.org.