THE ROTARY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS RECITAL TOOK PLACE ON FEBRUARY 7, 2021.

JUDGES' BIOS FOR THE 2020 ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION (Scholarship Details Below)

Mark Mendez

Competiton Judge

Pianist Mark S. Mendez has performed and taught in Southern California for over thirty years.  He earned a Bachelors Degnree in Piano Performance form Chapman University where he studied under Pianist Joseph Matthews, other principle teachers were Blanca Alameda, and Jack Eugene Miller and Master Classes with James McCormick.  As an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Mr. Mendez was a co-founder of the Hacienda Heights Branch in 1991 and served as president from 1995-1999.  Other organizations include the California Association of Professional Music Teachers where he served as District III Coordinator from 2004-2007, National Federation of Music Clubs and National Guild of Piano Teachers.  As an adjudicator in demand Mr. Mendez has judged numerous piano competitions throughout Southern California and parts of Northern California.  Mr. Mendez has served on faculty at the East Los Angeles Music and Art School and the Pacific School of Music and Art.  In his spare time, he enjoys coaching duo-duet piano as well as performing with colleagues.  Mr. Mendez and his wife Barbara have made their home and studio in Montebello for the last thirty-three years.Add text

Ardes Abad

Competition Judge

Ardes Abad is an experienced adjudicator for the National Piano Playing Auditions (NPPA), a program of the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT) of the American College of Musicians (ACM) of which he is also a Guild Chairperson; the Certificate of Merit (CM), a program by the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC); and sought out the judge in Music Festivals & Piano Competitions.

 

Ardes earned his Graduate Music credits at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas, and at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education at the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

 

Ardes is an experienced teacher, pianist, choral conductor, and accompanist both in church and school settings. Ardes offers several Piano Master Classes to the beginning, intermediate and advanced students in California.

 

Presently, a member of the Lakewood-Cerritos MTAC Branch and a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT-District 8) a Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) affiliate.

 

Mr. Abad directs and presides over the Arts Development School of Music in the city of Bellflower, California.

ROTARY CLUB OF WOODLAND HILLS
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THIRD ANNUAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

(Applications now closed for 2020)

 

A live Zoom competition to benefit all instrumental music students in the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys on
Sunday, January 10, 2021.
Students will perform in recital and must remain for the duration of the assigned program in order to be eligible for an award. Time assignments for each student will be posted on the SFVSO website one week prior to the event.

-- Sorry! Applications are now closed. --

 

Junior Division - Students through age 14 (on July 1)
1st prize-$100 - 2nd prize-$75 - 3rd prize-$50

 

Senior Division - High school students ages 15 through 18 (on July 1)
1st prize - $300 - 2nd prize-$200 - 3rd prize - $100

 

• There will be an additional scholarship award of $100 presented to a student performing a composition by Maestro James Domine (music available at:    http://jamesdomine.com/

 

• Deadline for application and fee is Friday, December 11 at 11:59pm. Please do not submit your application after this time; Late applications cannot be considered.

 

• Application fees are: $35 – pieces under 5 minutes in duration, $50 - pieces over 5 minutes up to 10 minutes in duration.

 

• Winners will be announced at the SFVSO Winners Zoom Concert (date tba), All winners must be present at the Winners’ Concert in order to receive their awards.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION -- Please check back next year; applications for this year are closed. 

 

 

Previous competitions were a great success.  See below for a photo of some of our past winners (all categories), who received a standing ovation from the audience at an Orchestra concert following the competition.:

2019 Scholarship Winners (All Categories)

 

For more information contact Joanna Ezrin or Knarik (Nara) Petrosyan, Competition Coordinators at:
joannaezrinschauer@gmail.com. or narapianostudio@gmail.com 

 

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