Music The Guild Scholarships: Awards of Distinction
Applications for the Guild Scholarship Competition are currently OPEN for Spring 2021
See below for last years finalists!
The Music Guild Scholarship program for 2021 features two competitions, one in voice and one for instrumentalists. Both competitions offer a first prize of up to $10,000 per year for up to four years of study at Westmont College along with extensive additional music scholarship support from the regular music scholarship program for all finalists. Additionally, the vocal competition will award $2,000 in cash prizes to selected finalists!
Applications for the annual Guild Scholarship competition are currently OPEN for Spring 2021. Applicants must complete their music scholarship application including a pre-screening audition (live or via recording) and be academically admitted to Westmont for the fall of 2020. Applications and auditions are reviewed in the order received and the competitions are open until filled. It is highly recommended that applicants complete both their academic and music scholarship applications by December 1 for optimal consideration. There is no special application for the Music Guild Scholarship program. The regular online Westmont music scholarship application should simply include the request to be considered.
What is the Guild Scholarship?
The Guild Scholarship is a highly prestigious music scholarship for exceptional young musicians in the amount of up to $10,000 per year for music studies at Westmont. The competition is funded by The Guild for Music at Westmont and judged by our faculty members Matthew Roy, visiting assistant professor of music, Daniel Gee, assistant professor of music, Steve Butler, professor of music, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, associate professor of music, Michael Shasberger, music department chair and Adams professor of music and worship and others. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.
Second Annual Vocal Guild Participants
(From Left to right: Nathan Carlin, Baritone; Evan Wu, Baritone; Ava Kimmel, Soprano; Olivia Godinez, Mezzo-Soprano; Solay Lewis, Alto; Sarah Duff, Soprano)
eighth Annual Instrumental Guild Participants
(From Left to right: Katie Peel, French Horn; Daniel Macy, Violin; Emma Wu, Piano; Evan Zhou, Violin; Natasha Loh, Bassoon; Sean Tran, Piano)
The Second Annual Vocal Guild event was held on Sunday afternoon, February 23rd and the Eighth Annual Westmont Music Guild event was held on Saturday evening, February 29th. Event finalists performed splendidly for the enthusiastic audience of family, friends, former Guild finalists, community members, faculty and students.
2020 Vocal Guild Scholarship Recipients
Nathan Carlin is a high school senior at Cathedral City High School. Nathan has always had a passion for music. He started singing in a choir in the 6th grade and from there his passion for music grew. Since then he has been wanting to go to school for Music performance and composition so that he may grow to become to be a professional Opera singer.
Sarah Duff is a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. Music has shaped her life since childhood, as she grew up playing the cello and singing. Sarah has sung in her school’s choir and the Columbus International Children’s Choir. She both participated in and directed her school’s A Cappella Club. One of Sarah’s greatest joys in music is blessing others through her musical passion; she has participated in her church’s Worship Academy, served as a member of the worship band at church, and performed concerts at local retirement homes since she was thirteen years old. She hopes to continue sharing her love of music with others and is incredibly honored for the opportunity to participate in Westmont’s Guild Competition.
2020 Instrumental Guild Scholarship Recipients
Natasha Loh was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and she is currently a high school senior at Hawaii Baptist Academy. Natasha began playing the Bassoon in the summer of her 6th grade year at Kawananakoa Middle School. After transferring to Hawaii Baptist Academy in her 7th grade year, she has studied under Richard Hotoke and Brad Shimizu. Since the beginning of her high school career, she has played with Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra and Youth Symphony II and has competed in the Oahu Band Directors Association’s (OBDA) Solo & Ensemble for three consecutive years, winning two red metals and one blue metal. Natasha participated in the 2018 New York “Sounds of Spring” International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall with the Hawaii Baptist Academy Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Natasha plans to continue her music career after graduating from HBA as she pursues her interests in studying Biomedical Engineering and Bassoon Performance.
Daniel Macy’s love of the violin began at the age of three as he listened to Bach during quiet time. Due to financial reasons, he was unable to begin lessons till he had saved enough to purchase an instrument. After five years of saving Christmas and birthday money along with winnings from various art competitions, he was finally able to purchase his first violin. In the ten years following, Daniel has taken private lessons with Patricia Graham, and has had the privilege of performing with the West Coast Classical Orchestras in various principle positions including concertmaster and with the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra OC. He also has experienced performing in concert halls such as Disney Hall, Segerstrom, Carnegie, and Dvorak Hall in Prague. Daniel takes great joy in teaching his private students, and conducting the West Coast Classical Prelude String Orchestra. Outside of music, he delights in literature, history, a good debate on pretty much any subject, and in working on one of the countless odd projects he has in process. He is very grateful for the opportunities God has given him and is excited to participate in this year’s Guild Competition.
Roxana Montané was born and raised in La Habana, Cuba. She began playing the violin when she was 8 years old in Guillermo Tomas Conservatory under the tutelage of Maria Verdecia. In 2014 she began attending the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory where she studied under Luis A. Marino, William Roblejo, Hansel Perez and Alfredo Muñoz. Roxana has participated in many concerts and festivals, as both a soloist and as part of different ensembles and orchestras. She performed as a soloist in a presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in La Habana, in 2014, the Mozart-Habana Festivals in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; and the Habana-Clasica Festival in 2019, where she played under the conducting of Luis Rafael Salomon. Roxana received magistral classes from violinist as Rolando Prusak, Mauricio Fuks and Salvatore Accardo when they visited Cuba.
Emma Wu is 17 years old, and lives in Glendale, California. She began studying piano at the age of 12 years old, and is currently a student of Nobuyo Nishizaka. In 2015, Emma took 4th place in the Qualified Chopin Category of 2015 Southwestern Youth Music Festival and also took 3rd place in a Complete Works category in the same festival the following year. More recently, Emma won 1st place in SYMF concerto category, as well as making it to the Bach Finals. She also took 2nd place at MTAC 2018 Scholarship Competition, and 1st place the next year. She has studied with Paul Roberts, Mark Richman and T.J. Lymenstull. Emma has also won Music Teachers Association of California Contemporary Festival for three consecutive years, namely, 2016, 2017, 2018. In addition to playing classical piano, Emma also takes pleasure in jazz improvisation, and is currently in a jazz combo at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, performing in annual art nights.. Emma has also played in many benefit concerts, including the annual Lutheran World Relief Charity concert. She was also the president of Tuesday Musicale Juniors for a year. Emma also is a violinist and has performed numerous concerts with an advanced string ensemble and the Korean American Youth Symphony Orchestra. Emma has attended Montecito International Music Festival where she participated in chamber and orchestral ensembles. In her spare time, Emma enjoys writing poetry, listening to random genres of music, and curling up on the couch with a classic book.
Previous Guild Competition Winners
Guild competition winner and pianist, from Colorado Springs. Nathanael is an incoming Freshman at Westmont College.
Guild competition winner and cellist, from Culver City, California. William is currently a Senior at Westmont College and a member of the Westmont Orchestra. He studies cello with Trevor Handy.
Guild competition winner and violinist, from Carlsbad, California and a 2018 Westmont College graduate.
Guild competition winner and cellist, from Thousand Oaks, California and a 2018 Westmont College graduate.
Guild competition winner and violinist, from Grand Rapids, Michigan and a 2016 Westmont College graduate.
How do I qualify for the Guild Scholarship?
1) Only entering prospective students (first-year and transfer) are eligible for consideration. The next Music Guild Scholarship Event will be February 27, 2021 for voice and February 28, 2021 for instrumentalists.
2) Students interested in being considered for the Guild competition must check the box on the music scholarship application form when they submit it indicating their availability to participate in the event (see exception for international students below). Invitations will typically be extended within two weeks of the completion of the academic admissions process and a formal music audition (either live or via recording).
3) Applicants must have submitted their completed Westmont Admissions Application to the Office of Admissions, and performed or submitted a qualifying audition prior to February 1, 2020. Only students who are deemed qualified for an academic merit scholarship will be eligible as finalists. Invitations to the competition are extended as qualifying students are identified. The competition will be considered closed when a full program is confirmed. Early submission of all materials is highly recommended.
4) The 2021 event will be held with a combination of live and online formats as deemed feasible. Participants will have their choice of format based on health and safety considerations.
5) All finalists must submit the information requested within 1 week of their invitation, or sooner if the invitation is extended late in February. Finalists will be invited as soon as they are deemed to be qualified to give them as much time to arrange for travel as possible. Finalists who do not provide information in a timely way may be disqualified at the discretion of the faculty.
There is no additional application process or form for this competition beyond the regular scholarship application. Finalists will be notified if their audition and admission status merits an invitation to the Guild Scholarship Competition. Winners of the competition will have until May 1st to confirm their acceptance of the Guild Scholarship or any other Westmont merit based award.