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2024 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

The scholarship competition took place Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland ME 04101

Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship

From left to right: Diana Estes, ‘cello, second prize; Sophia Grassi, violin, honorable mention; and Grayson Needham, alto sax, first prize.

Grayson Needham is a recent graduate of Massabesic High School and will be attending the University of New Hampshire. Grayson has participated in classical and jazz festivals, including MMEA All-state bands, and has been selected to play in Carnegie Hall twice. He was Drum Major for the Sanford High School Marching Band for two years. He has played French horn and baritone sax in the Biddeford Alumni Community Band.

Diana Estes has been home schooled and enjoys playing and singing with her parents and six siblings. She has studied cello with Hyun-Ji Kwon and Raffael Scheck of Colby College. She has been principal cellist in Mid Maine Youth Orchestra, Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony and Maine All-State Honors Music Festival. She loves chamber music and won the Bay Chamber prize for Ensemble Endeavors in 2023 and 2024. She will attend Cedarville University in Ohio as a cello performance major with a double major in Allied Heath, with plans to study chiropractic medicine.

Sophia Grassi started to study the violin at age 3 with her mother. Her current teacher is Brianna Fischler. She has been a member of Mozart Mentors Orchestra since 2015 playing both violin and viola. She is a three-time winner of the Keith McClelland Scholarship and was a second place winner in three international competitions for performances of Kabalevsky, Massenet, and Beethoven. In 2021, Sophie became ill with autoimmune encephalitis and could not play for 20 months. Luckily she has found ways to reconnect with her music. She is a graduate of Thornton Academy where she was principal violinist of the orchestra and violist in the Thornton Academy Trio. This fall, she will attend Connecticut College pursuing double degrees in music and science.

 

Portland Rossini Club Marie Thomas Award

Three of the four winners of the Portland Rossini Club Marie Thomas Award are all pianists. Left to right: Anthony Ayer, Logan Peters, and Michael Bostock, were also winners of the Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship. The fourth winner was Grayson Needham, first place winner of the Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship. The Marie Thomas Award is awarded to a high school junior or senior who shows outstanding musical promise.

 
 

Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

Left to right: Madeline Darigan and Annah Poland, both sopranos.

Madeline Darigan from Saco is a third-year vocalist in the studio of Dr. Rebecca Folsom at Boston Conservatory. She has pursued vocal studies at Tanglewood and Schmidt Vocal Institutes and is now an active Schmidt Vocal Arts Scholar, having been commended twice as a semi-finalist in the Schmidt undergraduate competition. She is a member of a number of ensembles, including the Conservatory’s Bach Ensemble, MIT Song Workshop, and the student-run Fenway Opera Club.

Annah Poland is a 2023 graduate of the Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine. She is from Dover-Foxcroft and has been involved in community music and theater since 2007. Her vocal roles have included Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Goldilocks in John Stinson’s The Three Bears. Annah is planning to continue music education at Towson University.

 

Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

Left to right: Anthony Ayer, second prize; Logan Peters, first prize; and Michael Bostock, first prize.

Anthony Ayer has studied at the Portland Conservatory of Music and participated in the Claudette Sorel Fellowship at SUNY Fredonia as well as the Atlantic Music Festival Composition Intensive at Colby College where he had one of his compositions premiered. A recent Baxter Academy graduate, he will attend the Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine studying with Laura Kargul. Anthony recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Logan Peters is a senior at Falmouth High School. Logan began piano studies 10 years ago and enjoyed playing blues and jazz and also composing. At the age of 10, he won first prize at the Bagaduce Composer’s Competition for his piece Hunting on a Full Moon, which he performed at the 2016 Blue Hill Pops Festival. He began studies of classical music four years ago with Naydene Bowder at the Portland Conservatory of Music and has won many awards in competitions around the state. He performs with the Falmouth High School Jazz Band and sings with the Falmouth Jazz Singers and his High School Chamber Chorus. Logan attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He will be attending the Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine studying with Laura Kargul.

Michael Bostock sis a senior at Waynflete School in Portland. He has studied piano for 13 years, several with Naydene Bowder at the Portland Conservatory of Music. He was a first place winner of the Pine Tree Music Competition in February 2024, and a first place winner in the Bangor Symphony’s Maine High School Concerto competition. Michael is the full-time pianist for Raymond Village Community Church and the First Congregational Church in Gray. He will be attending the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in September.

  


2022 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

The scholarship competition took place Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland, 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.

First Place: Brian Liu of Brunswick, Maine

 

Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

First Place: March Steiger (pictured below, left)
Second Place: Kayleigh Hunter (pictured below, center)
Honorable Mention: Jonas Rimkunas (pictured below, right)

The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist, Barbara Littlefield.

 

Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship

First Place: Alexander Lehmann (pictured below, left)
First Place: Jenna Pavis (pictured below, right)
Honorable Mention: Charles Picone

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.

 


 

2020 and 2021 Rossini Club Scholarship

There were no scholarship competitions in 2020 or 2021.

 


 

2019 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

The Rossini Scholarship Competition took place Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Woodford’s Congregational Church in Portland, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Two instrumentalists, three singers (all sopranos), and one pianist competed for the $1300 First Prize and $900 Second Prize in each category.
 
The applicants came from Augusta, Buxton, Cumberland, Kennebunk, Portland, and South Portland.

 

2019 Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

First Place Winner was Rosemary Crimp, soprano, from Kennebunk, who attends Gordon College. Her instructor is Katherine Whyte.

Second Place Winner was Ida Santos, soprano, from Portland, who attends the University of Southern Maine. Her instructor is Scott Wheatley.

Honorable Mention went to Christina M. Gove from Cumberland. A student of David Goulet, she will attend Wagner College in the fall.

2019 Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship

First Place Winner was Aaron Emerson of Augusta, who plays oboe. He studies with Neil Boyer and attends the University of Southern Maine.

Second Place Winner was Kinnon Church, who plays double bass. A former student at USM, he will attend the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark in the fall, studying with Erik Higgins.

2019 Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

Second Place Winner was Josie DiPhilippo of South Portland, who attends the University of Southern Maine. She is a student of Laura Kargul. Josie was awarded an additional $100 over the usual $900 Second Prize.

Guest Judges: Robert Lehmann, Mary Sullivan, and Christopher Staknys
Rossini Member Judges: Mary Johnston Letellier, Danielle Vayenas, Diane Walsh, and Cecile DeRoche-Cain

Chaired by President Eleanor Lehmann
Registrar and Stage Manager: Dale Ashby
Assistant: Barbara Graustein
Scholarship Chair: Elizabeth Harmon

A printable version of the winners is available here.

 


 

2018 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

The Rossini Scholarship Competition took place Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Two instrumentalists, eight singers, and three pianists competed for the $1200 First Prize and $800 Second Prize in each category. The applicants came from Brunwick, Cape Elizabeth, Holden, Kennebunkport, South Portland, Fairfield, Kennebunk, Old Town, Gorham, Windham, and Falmouth.

2018 Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship

First Place Winner was Julian Abbot of Brunswick, who played clarinet and tenor sax. He is a recent Waynflete graduate and will attend the McGill’s Schulich School of Music.

Second Place Winner was Helen Gray-Bauer of Cape Elizabeth. She is a student at Skidmore College and plays viola.

2018 Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

First Place Winner was Zachary James Fisher, tenor, from Old Town, who attends the University of Maine in Orono.

Second Place Winner was Rosemary Crimp, soprano, from Kennebunk, who attends Gordon College.

Honorable Mention went to Christie Paul, soprano, from Gorham, who attends University of Southern Maine.

2018 Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

First Place Winner was Christopher Staknys of Falmouth, who attends the Juilliard School in New York.

Second Place Winner was Josie DiPhilippo of South Portland, who attends the University of Southern Maine.

Honorable Mention went to Samantha K. Barry, from Windham, who attends Colby College.

 


 

2017 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

This competition took place at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland on June 3, 2017. Each of the competitors was above the age of 17, comes from Maine, and was registered as music major in the Fall of 2017 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 Prize was awarded to Jenna Pavis placed second and received a prize of $1,200. She plays Alto Sax.

Helen Gray-Bauer, placed third and received a prize of $900. She plays viola.

Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was awarded to Helena Crothers-Villers who won first place and received a prize of $1,400.

Lynnea Harding won second place and received a prize of $700.

Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Prak (right) who won second place and received a prize of $1,200.

Annah Gauthier won third place and received a prize of $900.

 


 

2016 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was awarded to Melody R. Hasbrouk from Gorham took first place prize of $1500. A Senior Music Education Student at University of Southern Maine and she plays flute.

Helen Gray-Bauer from Cape Elizabeth received Honorable Mention with a prize of $500. She is a student at Skidmore College and plays viola.

The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was awarded to James M. Brown, Countertenor, from Portland won the first place prize of $1250. He graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2016. He 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.

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was awarded to 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.

 


 

2015 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

2015 Scholarship WinnersThe Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was awarded to Helen Gray-Bauer in the amount of $1,200. Helen plays the viola, is graduating from the Waynflete School and lives in Cape Elizabeth. She will be attending Skidmore College in the Fall.

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Staknys from Falmouth was awarded a prize of $1,200. He will be a sophomore at The Julliard School in the Fall and comes from Falmouth.

Honorary Mention to the Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship award was given to Darby Martin in the amount of $500. She comes from Vasselboro and will be a sophomore at Westminster Choir College in the Fall.

 


 

2014 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

(left to right)
2014 Scholarship WinnersEmily K. Rand Scholarship Scholarship, Ryu Mitsuhashi – violin – $1200
lives in Old Town, attends University of Maine

Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship, Aaren Rivard -Tenor – $1200
lives in Portland, attends University of Southern Maine

Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship, second place
Shu Jing Lian – $400
lives in Mechanic Falls, Freshman at Bowdoin in the fall

Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship, first place
Kelia Ingraham – $800 lives in Kennebunk, attends Hartt School of Music, CT

 


 

2013 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

Kelia Ingraham, piano,
Lucia A. Wright Prize, Second Place

Jacob Davidson, piano,
Lucia A. Wright Prize, First Place

Kimberly Ouellette, soprano;
Barbara C. Littlefield Prize, Second Place

Christopher Climo, baritone;
Barbara C. Littlefield Prize, Honorable Mention

Megan Shusta, french horn;
Emily K. Rand Prize, First Place

 


 

2012 Rossini Club Scholarship Winners

Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship
Nicholas Brown of Portland

Lucas A. Wright Piano Scholarship
First place to Amanda Raymond of North Waterboro

Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship
First place to Lauren Yokabaskas, Soprano, of Cape Elizabeth