MacDowell Artists Association awards annual scholarships

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By Community Editor

Courtesy David Leehey

MacDowell Artists Association held its annual scholarship auditions for high school seniors on April 20 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

Bios of the Winners

First Place ($1500):

Soprano Olivia Boen is an 18-year-old senior at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL. A student of Elizabeth Gottlieb, she was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Classical Singer Competition, has placed second and third in NATS competitions, and will make her WFMT "Introductions" radio debut in 2013. As a member of the Chicago Children's Choir, she has been a featured soloist with the prestigious Concert Choir, Madrigals, and Voice of Chicago groups. Olivia has attended summer programs at Interlochen, Lamont School of Music, University of Michigan MPulse, and Oberlin Vocal Academy for High School Singers. As the daughter of two members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra, Olivia looks forward to continuing the family musical tradition in the fall, when she will begin studying as a Vocal Performance major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Second Place (tie, $750 each):

Scott Goldberg Daniel has played the violin since age four. His current violin teacher is Jennifer Cappelli; he previously studied with Sarah Gasse and Kristina Gullion. At various times he has been concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the IMEA District 1 Orchestra, and the OPRFHS Symphony Orchestra. He is also a winner of the OPRFHS 2013 Concerto Competition. Scott expresses himself through many additional musical genres, including bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz, and klezmer. He has also been an Illinois State Fair junior fiddle champion (under the tutelage of fiddle teacher Mike Casey). Scott is a proud OPRFHS Scholarship Cup recipient, a National Merit Scholar, and a U.S. Presidential Scholar. He will attend Williams College in the fall of 2013 and plans to major in music and computer science.

Esther Mildenhall, 17, has studied violin with Michael Hining for 14 years. In seventh grade Esther received an honorable mention in the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. In her junior and senior years, she was a winner of the Oak Park River Forest High School concerto competition. She will be attending Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in the fall and will continue to play violin there as well as studying education. In her spare time, she crochets stuffed animals for her friends and family and transcribes movie soundtracks for piano.

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