SCF to Showcase Music Competition Winners

(Bradenton, Fla., March 31, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Student Music Competition winners will perform in a concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

SCF music student concerto/aria winners include Samantha Gillen, soprano; Max Shishkin, baritone; Roman Vazquez, classical guitar; and Josh Bandstra, euphonium.

Students also have been recognized for recent achievements. Gillen won second place in the second year college women division at the Tampa Bay National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition and received SCF’s Outstanding Freshman Music Student Award in 2009. She plans to attend the Florida State University in Fall 2010.

Shishkin was the second place winner in the first year college men division at Tampa Bay NATS competition.

Vazquez won first place in guitar at Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) in 2009. He plans to attend Florida State University.

Bandstra has been a member of Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp. for the past two years and plans to attend Belmont University in Spring 2011.

Winners will perform with College Orchestra directed by Robyn Wilkes, SCF director of instrumental studies. Jean Phelan, SCF viola instructor, also will join the orchestra in the concert.

General admission is $8. Tickets are $4 for students and SCF employees. For more information, contact the SCF music department at 941-752-5351 or Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions are online at

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