MacDowell Club of Allied Arts (Altus)
The MacDowell Club of Allied Arts is excited and proud to have voted to give a $1500 scholarship to Ben Jorge, an Altus High School graduate who has been accepted to the Eastman School of Music, doctoral program. Ben had been a member of that Altus HS Band, under the direction of Mary Runyan, one of our members. This is highly unusual, outside our Bylaws, and wonderful to behold. Typically a $1000 scholarship is given to a graduating high school senior and no one applied. The Altus club will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2022.
The Bartlesville Musical Research Society held its annual scholarship auditions on April 21 in the BHS Orchestra Room. Judges for the event were Maestro Lauren Green and Mrs. Kathy Stewart.
Winner of the $3,000 Babe Stewart Scholarship is Carlie Pool, soprano, who sang “How Could I Ever Know?” from The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon and “A Change in Me” from Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical. She will be attending Oklahoma City University next year and majoring in Music Performance and Education.
Winner of the $2,000 William A. and Elizabeth Jones Scholarship is Max Williams, percussionist, who played “Pure Imagination” arranged for 4 mallets and marimba by Alex Stopa and “Island Riffs: Solo for Tenor Steel Drum Pan” by Lennard V. Moses. He will be majoring in Engineering at the University of Kansas next year.
Winner of the $1,500 Musical Research Scholarship is Gavin Watkins, percussionist, who performed a jazz piano improvisation of “Spain” by Chick Corea. He will be attending the Berklee College of Music next year, majoring in Music Theory and Composition.
Winner of the $1,000 Babe Stewart Scholarship is Haylee Foote, violinist. Haylee played the 3rd movement from Vivaldi’s “Concerto in A Minor” for her audition. She will be majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas next year.
Winner of the $100 Ruth Brush Composition Award is Ashlynn Kidd. Ashlynn’s composition “Nebula of Light” was inspired by Anime Opening Themes and was written for oboe, 2 electric guitars, electric bass, piano and drums.
Ponca City Federated Music Club has had a very unusual year for the Centennial.
January was a celebration of students who were the 2020 scholarship winners as well as musicians who received scholarships in 1984, Anne Rardin, who now lives in California and head of the string program in Los Angeles; Brant Bayless, 1993, Logan Utah who now teaches strings at Utah State as well as playing in the Salt Lake City Orchestra principal violist; Syneva Colle, 2003, working on her doctorate in cello performance in Washington, DC. and Stefni Colle, 2005, Los Angeles, movie casting and Brad Newcomb, 2015/2016, organ performance. It was a most interesting program done via zoom. The program drew audience from not only Ponca City but also Houston, TX, Ames IA.
February there was no meeting but March had another Zoom meeting that included performances from Leslie Rardin with daughter Anne in Los Angeles; Suzi Lenhart and Kyla Radakar-James; Debra Rue from The Pioneer Women, Elaine Armstrong, local Ponca City artist; Syneva Colle and Stefni Colle presented two songs from Land Girls, an original musical that the sisters wrote virtually about 4 teenage girls who served in the Women’s Land Army during WWII. Their musical was one of four that was produced in Atlanta, GA during the summer of 2019. The program was one of the 6 winners in the American Women Composers contest, 2021. This was the best attended of all the Zoom programs.
In March, we also had the Junior Music Festival performed via video. The judges were so thorough in their comments, typing out full pages of information to benefit the students. Because we wanted to have a live Play Off, we waited until May 30 and held it at Northern Oklahoma College in the Kinzer performing arts auditorium.
April – For our Centennial we had a special project. We supported the production of PIONEER WOMEN – a multi-media musical production. Based on the twelve statues former Oklahoma Governor E.W. Marland commissioned to honor the pioneer women who helped shape America, PCFMC member, Debra Harden Rue, wrote original stories and songs which came to life on the stage of the historic Poncan Theatre, the very month the Pioneer Woman Statue was unveiled in 1930. The show ran for three performances and was very well-received in reviews and by those who attended. Following the Saturday night performance, a Centennial PCFMC party was given at the Poncan Theatre.
May has been our end of the year brunch. Due to Covid, we did not have a brunch but we honored our 2021 scholarship winners. They performed each of their pieces in the sanctuary of Grace Episcopal church. There were four $1,000 scholarships given: Nikolas Hoecker, Ponca City High School, Emma Valgora, Ponca City High School, Anisa Layton, Newkirk High School and Owen Hutcheson, Woodlands High School, Fairfax.