Our annual Howard Tappan Memorial Young Artists Music Competition is an excellent opportunity for instrumental and vocal students in Clay County. Winning students not only receive a scholarship award, they enjoy the opportunity to perform at the Concert on the Green event on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Five high school students took the top awards in Clay County's 2016 Concert on the Green Music Competition. Twenty-five Clay County students entered the competition and auditioned in an initial round of judging on Saturday, April 16. Eight students were selected for the finalist competition, held at Grace Anglican Church in Fleming Island. Judging the evening event were James Hall and Kevin Reid; the piano accompanists were Diane Combs, Brenda Scott, Nancy Scott and Bonita Wyke and scoring was performed by Gary Combs.
|Front Row (l to r): Joshua Stancil,
Alyse Ellenburg, Jack Lyons, Danielle Barrie, Cynthia Georges
Back Row (l to r): Michael Houde, Isabelle Scott, Elizabeth Whitehead
The first place vocal and instrumental winners―senior Danielle Barrie, a mezzo-soprano who attends Clay High School and sophomore flutist, Alyse Ellenburg who attends Douglas Anderson School of the Arts respectively―will receive $1.000 scholarships that may be used for college tuition or other music education or training. In addition, the two first place winners will perform as soloists with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at Concert on the Green on Sunday, May 29, at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park. The main stage for the evening will be set up on the football field on the SJCDS campus.
All of the finalists will present a recital at the Penney Farms Memorial Church on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to come hear these talented Clay County students!
The 2016 winners are as follows:
|Senior Division Winners||1st||Danielle Barrie||Vocalist||12th||Clay High School|
|1st||Alyse Ellenburg||Flute||10th||Douglas Anderson School of the Arts|
|Senior Division||2nd||Isabelle Scott||Harp||10th||Homeschool|
|3rd||Michael Houde||Marimba||11th||Ridgeview High School|
|Honorable Mention||Joshua Stancil||French Horn||11th||Homeschool|
|Honorable Mention||Isabelle Scott||Vocalist||10th||Homeschool|
|Junior Division||1st||Jack Lyons||Trumpet||9th||Fleming Island High School|
|Honorable Mention||Cynthia Georges||Clarinet||8th||Oakleaf Junior High School|
|Honorable Mention||Elizabeth Whitehead||Violin||9th||Homeschool|