Young singers and musicians recently received recognition for their talents during the Rotary-Deborah Beene Memorial Music Performance Competition Auditions. Last week at Fuller Lodge, Michelle Yang, violinist, received first place and a $1,200 prize. Caitlin Dahl, cello, earned second place and a $800 prize while Jennifer Necker, oboe, and Catherine Runnels, soprano, tied for third place, which awarded them each $300.
A total of nine students participated in the auditions. The Rotary-Beene Memorial Performance program was established to honor the memory of Deborah Beene, a violinist and pianist who died in 1973. The program strives to assist students with their musical growth.
Ninth- through 12th graders are asked to use the money they receive at the program to further their musical eduction whether it is attending a summer music camp and enrolling in a music course at a college or purchasing a new instrument and paying for music lessons.
The Deborah Beene committee, which includes Charlene Cox-Clifton, Cindy Little, Brian Newman, Mandy Marksteiner and Ed Van Eeckhout presented this year’s awards.