2016 Portland Rossini Club Scholarship Competitions Results
This Competition took place at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland on June 4, 2016. Each of the twelve competitors was above the age of 17, comes from Maine, and was registered as music major in the fall of 2016 at an accredited music school, college, or university. Each competed by performing for a panel of judges for ten to fifteen minutes.
Emily K Rand Instrumental Scholarship
The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was established in 1932 in memory of the Portland Rossini Club’s third president, a vocalist, who presided in a distinguished manner for 25 years.
Helen Gray-Bauer from Cape Elizabeth received Honorable Mention with a prize of $500. She is a student at Skidmore College and plays viola.
Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship
The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist, Barbara Littlefield.
James M. Brown, Countertenor, from Portland won the first place prize of $1250. He graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2016 and will be a Graduate Student at McGill University in the fall.
Helena Crothers-Villers, Mezzo-Soprano, of Portland won the second prize of $750. Helena is a Senior Vocal Performance Major at University of Southern Maine.
Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship
The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was established in 2001 as a bequest of pianist, Lucia A. Wright, a member in good standing for fifty-five years.
Christopher Staknys of Falmouth, who studies at The Juilliard School in New York, Jonathan Prak of Biddeford, an undergraduate student at University of Southern Maine, and Tina Davis of Gorham and Bucksport, a graduate student at University of Southern Maine tied for second place with $650 apiece. there was no first place winner.
The winner of the Lucia Wright Piano Prize is: Christopher Staknys from Falmouth was awarded a prize of $1200. He will be a sophomore at The Julliard School in the fall and comes from Falmouth.
The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Prize was awarded to Helen Gray-Bauer in the amount of $1200. Helen plays the viola, is graduating from the Waynflete School and lives in Cape Elizabeth. She will be attending Skidmore College in the fall.
Honorary Mention to the Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal award was given to Darby Martin in the amount of $500. She comes from Vasselboro and will be a sophomore at Westminster Choir College next fall.
(left to right)
Rand Scholarship Winner,
Ryu Mitsuhashi – violin – $1200
lives in Old Town,
attends University of Maine
Barbara Littlefield Vocal Prize,
Aaren Rivard -Tenor – $1200
lives in Portland,
attends University of Southern Maine
Lucia Wright Piano Prize, second place
Shu Jing Lian – $400
lives in Mechanic Falls,
Freshman at Bowdoin in the fall
Lucia Wright Piano Prize, first place
Kelia Ingraham – $800
lives in Kennebunk,
attends Hartt School of Music, CT
Kelia Ingraham, piano,
Lucia Wright Prize, Second Place
Jacob Davidson, piano,
Lucia Wright Prize, First Place
Kimberly Ouellette, soprano;
Barbara Littlefield Prize, Second Place
Christopher Climo, baritone;
Barbara Littlefield Prize, Honorable Mention
Megan Shusta, french horn;
Emily Rand Prize, First Place
Rand Instrumental Prize
Nicholas Brown of Portland
Wright Piano Prize
First place to Amanda Raymond of North Waterboro
Littlefield Vocal Prize
First place to Lauren Yokabaskas, Soprano, of Cape Elizabeth