MacDowell Artists Association awards scholarships to two OPRF seniors

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By Community Editor

MacDowell Artists Association held its annual scholarship auditions for local high school seniors who plan to continue their study of music in college. The auditions were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park on Saturday, May 5.

This year there were two winners, both from Oak Park: Marina Vulinovic, piano and Sarah Coffman, soprano.

Marina Vulinovic is a senior at Oak Park River Forest High School. She has studied classical piano with Angela Wright since 2000. She started teaching piano in 7th grade, and I currently have five students. On May, 19 at 5:30 she will perform selections by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and others in my senior recital at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Next year she will study music at the University of Chicago.

Sarah Coffman is a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Sarah
has been a voice student of Elizabeth Gottlieb for over four years. At OPRF she is first chair cello in the Symphony Orchestra and sings soprano in Madrigal Choir. During the summers, Sarah has attended various music festivals, including the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp (Piano, Flute, and Cello), the Interlochen Arts Camp (Cello, and later, Voice) and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Voice). Sarah has acted and music directed several plays at OPRF, including Tick, Tick… Boom! and more recently, The Grapes of Wrath. Sarah cantors and plays cello regularly at Ascension and St. Edmunds Catholic Churches in Oak Park. Sarah has been awarded the Macdowell Artists Association Scholarship, the Ann Monaco Memorial Scholarship, the Chicago Federation of Musicians Scholarship, the Heritage Chorale Scholarship, and a Conservatory Trustee Scholarship from Lawrence University, where she will be attending college in the fall. Sarah will major in Vocal Performance.

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