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FAU Announces Results of its Concerto and Aria Competition

Competition Awards Supplied by ChariTEES® of Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, FL (January 3, 2008) – The department of music in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently announced the winners of its second annual Concerto and Aria Competition.   The winners were senior Jamie Gardner for her piano performance of Frederic Chopin’s Concerto for Piano No. 2, freshman Jose Auguto Neves Guimaraes, Jr. for his tuba performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto and sophomore Ednelle Jean for her piano performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1. Master’s degree student Amy Lim was chosen as runner up for her piano performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4.  

                Jamie Gardner grew up in Margate.   One of seven children, Jamie started playing piano at the age of nine.    Jose Auguto Neves Guimaraes, Jr. was born in Recife, Brazil in 1989, and started playing the tuba at the age of ten. He has been a member of the Palm Beach Youth Orchestra as well as the All District Band in 2002 and the All State Band in 2006.    Ednelle Jean was born and raised in Florida and  started studying piano at the age of nine. She attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts before coming to FAU.   Amy Lim is a master’s student at FAU.   She received her Honors Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Each winner in the competition received a check in the amount of $500 and the runner up a $300 check. The finalists will also perform in concert with the FAU Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 23, 2008.   The monetary awards were provided by Jeffrey Firestone, president and founder of ChariTEES® of Boca Raton.    ChariTEES®   creates custom tee shirts   for charitable organizations and schools.

This is the first time the competition has included cash prizes. Firestone became involved with the contest in his efforts to promote and reinforce appreciation of classical music for and by the young people in South Florida. When the prizes were awarded, Firestone also announced his creation and support of the “Take Note” Music Scholarship Program at FAU. This program will provide financial assistance to qualifying students majoring in music at FAU.  

“We must do something to promote and perpetuate classical music in South Florida,” said Firestone. “Hopefully the ‘Take Note’ program will be successful in this endeavor.   With government funding drying up we all must do our little bit so that our children can continue to be exposed to classical music and the arts.”

To be eligible for the “Take Note” scholarships, students will have to perform at an audition, and they will have to meet certain academic criteria and prove financial need. Recipients will also be required to volunteer in FAU outreach programs that bring classical music to the community.   This could be through concerts at local churches, schools or hospitals, or through the Teaching Outstanding Performers (TOPS) summer camp for music students.

“We are very grateful for Mr. Firestone’s support,” said Heather Coltman, chair of the FAU department of music.   “It is with scholarships such as these that we are able to continue offering much-needed financial assistance to the many outstanding students in the department of music.”

            For more information about the “Take Note” scholarship fund or to make a donation, call Laurie Carney at 561-297-3606.   For more information on the February 23 concert, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, call 561-297-3820.

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