SPENCERTOWN — The Uel Wade Music Scholarship Fund has selected six young finalists for its 2019 concert/competition.
The public event (including presentation of scholarships to winners) will be held at 3 p.m. May 19 at the Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown.
The finalists are 16-year-old Aram Kim, a home-schooled violinist from Latham who won first prize of $5,000 two years ago; 16-year-old Katie Rumin, a violist from Stockbridge Massachusetts, who attends Berkshire Waldorf School; 17-year-old William Pilgrim, a cellist, from Craryville, and a student at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School; 17-year-old flutist Eura Choi, student at Emma Willard School, from Niskayuna; 18-year-old Simon Lindmark, a trumpeter from Selkirk, who is graduating from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School; 18-year-old cellist Joseph Cracolici, of Pittsfield Massachusetts, attending Pittsfield High School.
Each musician will play 12-15 minutes of music before a live Spencertown Academy audience and the performances will be adjudicated by four professional musicians.
“This was the most talented group of applicants we have received in many a year,” Wade noted. “There were many more qualified applicants than the concert could accommodate.”
Each year, while the judges confer, a former winner returns to perform. Last year’s first-prize winner, violist Bram Fisher (who used his $5,000 award toward expenses at Eastman School of Music), will return to Spencertown as guest artist. Sometimes, if the judges are particularly long-conferring, the audience ambles to the reception table. The four judges determine whether to divide available funds between the top performers or to award all of it to one particular musician.
The Uel Wade Music Scholarship for high-school-age musicians has been awarded annually since 1996 and a number of winners have gone on past college and/or conservatory to professional careers in major orchestras, and to Broadway conducting and performance.
The fund is seeded by Wade and his wife Marion Hunter, but the bulk of funding comes from donations from local businesses and individuals. The audience admission fee of $10 is added to “the pot.”
Visit www.uelwade.org for history of the Scholarship and for submission guidelines.