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Awards to High School Seniors

The Symphony Association wishes to recognize students who have been active in music during their high school careers. The awards are based on participation in musical events and activities, particularly activities that support music education and music in the community.

All high school seniors who reside and/or attend school in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, or San Ramon, California, or who have actively participated as LAS musicians, are invited to apply for one of the $400 awards administered by the Symphony Association.

The awards include the John H. Green Memorial Award; the Bill King Memorial Award; and two Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Awards, one of which is named in honor of Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

Applications for the 2018–19 season awards had to be submitted by e-mail by Sunday, November 4, 2018. (For your reference, see the application as a Word document or as a pdf file.) Awards were presented at the Symphony’s concert on the evening of December 1, 2018.

If you have questions or are unable to submit an application by e-mail, please contact LAS Awards Committee Chair Nissa Nack at (925) 484-1942 or nissanack@comcast.net.


Awards presented in December 2018
(text is from the December 2018 evening concert program)

Symphony Association Award
One of two awards established by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.
This year one award is given in memory of Marion Stearns.

The LAS Association Award in memory of Marion Stearns goes to cellist Sean Lee, a student at Dougherty Valley High School whose cello teacher is Jonathan Koh. Sean performed at LAS Guild winter meetings in 2016 and 2017, playing parts of the Dvořák and Elgar cello concerti. As a winner of the Competition for Young Musicians, he performed the first movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with LAS this February. Sean has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years. He has been principal cellist of his school orchestras and the California Orchestra Directors Association Honors String Orchestra. He is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Dougherty Valley, where he has mentored middle school students, and he has performed for veterans as the principal cellist of the Livermore-Pleasanton Youth Outreach Symphony since 2013. Last year, he participated in a California Wildfire Relief Concert, with all donations sent to the American Red Cross. As a soloist, Sean has won numerous awards and honors, including performing at Carnegie Hall.

Arthur P. Barnes Award
This Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Award honors
Music Director Emeritus Arthur P. Barnes.

San Ramon resident Clarissa Chan receives the Arthur P. Barnes Award. She sings and plays flute and piano. Her flute teacher is Monica Williams. Clarissa has studied both flute and piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre-college divison and has won numerous awards for solo, duet, and ensemble performances, for instance with the American Protégé Music Competition. She is a student at Valley Christian High School, where she is on the leadership team for weekly student chapel worship services. In Valley Christian’s production of Shrek the Musical this year, she played Princess Fiona, was vocal instructor for the ensemble music, and was the makeup artist; last year for Annie, she served as stage manager and makeup artist. In the Walnut Creek–based Flock of Flutes, Clarissa leads ensembles and mentors younger players; she is also an active member of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, where she was chair of its student chapter for two years and now serves as a council mentor.

John H. Green Memorial Award
Established by Tot and John W. Green in memory of their son, John H. Green;
he played horn, attended Granada High School,
and received a Symphony Association Award.

The recipient of the John H. Green Memorial Award this year is Granada High School student Sydney Myers, who has been a member of Granada’s concert, marching, and jazz bands throughout high school. Sydney plays piano (classical music and jazz), trumpet, baritone, and vibraphone—plus, just for fun, ukulele and guitar. As a harmony singer and ukulele player for a duet, Sydney was a Granada talent show semifinalist twice; she was the homecoming skit music coordinator for two years and has performed in homecoming skits on keyboard and trumpet and as a singer. Sydney has won awards as a piano soloist, including at the United States Open Music Competition, and as a trumpet soloist. She has performed as a piano soloist for seniors at Heritage Estates and has mentored middle school students at Junction Avenue. As a member of the teen jazz band Element 116, she performed during intermission at an LAS February concert and at an LAS Pops concert.

Bill King Memorial Award
Established by Jean King in memory of Bill King, the son of Jean and Walter King;
Bill loved music and played cello and trombone
at Jackson and East Avenue Middle Schools.

This year’s recipient of the Bill King Memorial Award is Hannah Escudero. A Dublin resident and a student at the Athenian School, Hannah plays violin, viola, piano, guitar, and ukulele—and she sings. She currently takes violin and viola lessons from Bakyt Bekdjanov. At school, Hannah plays in orchestra and jazz band; she is lead violinist in the string ensemble and has been violin soloist with the advanced jazz combo. She was a member of the Gradus ad Parnassum youth orchestra during 10th and 11th grades, and she has played violin as part of the Lighthouse Baptist Church Music Ministry throughout high school. As a member of the Cantabella Children’s Chorus Honors Choir, Hannah sang at the LAS Family Holiday Concert in 2015 and at Valley Dance Theatre Nutcracker performances in 2015 and 2016. In addition to her participation at formal concerts, Hannah has played violin solos for occasions ranging from fund-raising serenades (in order to help a family with cancer treatment expenses) to birthday parties.

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