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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, April 6, 2015

SANTA BARBARA REVEALS CWC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Auditions are over and the winners have been selected! Several outstanding students auditioned for three $1000 California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC) scholarships and the recipients were announced by Priscilla Marchus, scholarship chair for the Santa Barbara Treble Clef (SBTC) chorus. The winners are Tyler Reece, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs and Adam Bradley. The auditions were hosted by SBTC who agree that ‘these vocalists are just the kind of students CWC wants to encourage with scholarships”. The public will have an opportunity to hear the winning students at the CWC annual scholarship concert, “SOUNDS OF THE SEASONS” April 26 at 2:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA. The concert will also feature a musical program by the almost 200 women from throughout California, all members of CWC. This year’s concert is a combined effort of all the choruses in California and is co-chaired by Kathy Moshenko, Susan Pieper and Kathy Gast.
Tyler Reece, a baritone, is a first year MM/DMA student and UCSB. Having grown up in Colorado where he developed a love of music, he later attended Luther College (Iowa) where he performed the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s” Cosi fan tutte” and John Styx in Offenbach’s comic operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld”. He then spent a year at the University of North Texas and sang small roles in Massenet’s “Cendrillon”, Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”. Currently at UCSB, Tyler sang the role of Malvolio in UCSB composer Joel Feigin’s operatic setting of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Tyler keeps busy singing with local churches, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and the Opera Santa Barbara. He also serves as a Teaching assistant to the Voice Department at UCSB.
Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, mezzo-soprano, currently at UCLA studies with Michael Dean and recently played Contessa in “I Due Figaro”. In the fall of 2009 she received a full four year scholarship to study at Boston University where she received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance on May 19, 2013, studying under James Demler. She received the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, Vocal Winner (2014) at PASF Santa Barbara. Summer programs include Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2008, AIMS in Graz, Austria 2012 and Oberlin in Italy 2013. Her credits include singing the roles of Gypsy in “Carmen”, Witch#1 in “Didi and Aeneas’, Hero in L’Egisto, Sister Jeanne in “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel” and Idamante in “Idomeneo”. Along with singing, Joanna is interested in Dance, Ballet, Tango, Salsa, among others and is fond of Pilates, Yoga and Taekwondo.
Adam Bradley, tenor, is pursuing a MM in Vocal Performance on a full tuition scholarship at UCSB. A graduate of Luther College, he performed numerous roles there and studied with David Judisch and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. While there he sang the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in “Le Nozza di Figaro”. This past summer, Adam attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria where he performed selections from” Messiah” and “Ariadne auf Naxos” with the AIMS Orchestra. He has also performed with the University of North Texas. This season, he is playing the role of Sebastian in UCSB’s production of Joel Feigen’s “Twelfth Night” and is singing in the chorus of Opera Santa Barbara’s production of “ L’Italiana in Algeri”.
The difficult job of adjudicator went to Emil Dorian Cristescu., vocalist, actor and currently faculty member of Westmont College, Dr Linda Di Fiore, distinguished Visiting Professor at UCSB since 2012 and Ken Ryals, professional entertainer since age 9 and currently on the faculty of ASBCC with Jazz Choir and Applied Music Program. When you hear the very talented winners of CWC Scholarship perform, you will know the adjudicators made the right choices. So come to “Sounds of the Seasons” concert April 26 at 2:00 pm and see for yourself.
Tickets available for a donation of $18 at the door or Contact Kathy Gast bk@gast.com

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