The Camden Music Association (CMA) and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announce the winners of the 2015 Brevard Music Competition. This year’s competition was held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church where 13 students competed for several opportunities to receive scholarships to further their musical endeavors. The competition and recital is graciously sponsored by Sibby Wood in honor of Sibby’s mother Margaret Beckley Upton.
This year’s participants included Shayla Wallace (piano,) Gabriel Sullivan (marimba,) Jimmie Moran (piano,) Abigail Ruth Watts (piano,) Simmy Singh (saxophone,) William Thompson (piano,) Hannah Marie Gustafson (piano,) Austin Quick (tuba,) Sarah Gustafson (piano,) Brynna Chestnut (violin,) Jonathan Gustafson (piano,) Alex Thompson (violin) and Chandler Brown (marimba.)
The prestigious Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship winner was Chandler Brown. Chandler is a student at the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts located in Greenville, SC. His parents are Tim and Judy Brown from Lugoff. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship was awarded to Simmy Singh. Simmy’s parents are Harbhajan and Balvir Singh. Singh attends Lugoff-Elgin High and studies with Glenn Price. William Thompson was awarded the Junior Scholarship. William is the son of Tony and Tabatha Thompson of Lugoff. He is in the 6th grade and studies under Becky Tafel. Honorable mentions were given to Jimmie Moran, son of Jim and Shellie Moran of Blythewood who studies with Becky Tafel and Austin Quick (tuba), son of David and Elizabeth Quick. Quick attends Lugoff-Elgin High School and studies under Glenn Price.
The scholarships are named for Margaret Beckley Upton, mother of Sibby Wood, long-time supporter of the FAC; and Fran Shealy, who for many years, taught and influenced excellent piano students throughout Kershaw County, respectively. The Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship allows the winner the opportunity to attend six weeks of intensive study at the prestigious Brevard Music Center. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship is a $400 scholarship named for Mrs. Fran Shealy.
• About the Brevard Music Center
Throughout its 71 year history, the heart of the Brevard Music Center has been orchestral performance. In addition to private lessons, students in the Instrumental Studies program rehearse daily and maintain a regular concert schedule. The faculty numbers more than 60 professional musicians associated with the finest orchestras, colleges and conservatories in the country. Brevard presents more than 80 public concerts each summer. Its students and faculty live and work on a 140 acre wooded campus in western North Carolina.
The High School Division of the Brevard Music Center Institute, held annually, enrolls approximately 180 students ages 14 to 18. There are four programs of study available: Orchestral Studies, Piano, Composition, and Voice. All students receive weekly private lessons from Brevard’s artist faculty; take classes in music theory and literature; may perform solo and chamber music in Brevard’s student recitals; may participate in masterclasses; may attend open rehearsals with world-renowned concert soloists; as well as may attend nearly 80 orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances during the summer. For most students in the High School Division the term of study runs six weeks. Pianists and high school singers may attend for either three or six weeks.
For more information, please call Boyd Black, president of the CMA at 803-432-0553, or the FAC at 803-425-7676. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.
The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from both businesses and individuals.