SCF Music Student Showcase Winners to Perform April 12

(Bradenton, Fla., April 1, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Music Student Showcase winners will perform in a concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Winners include SCF students Karli Cole, soprano; Whitney Johnson, soprano; Casey Odell, bass; Ashton Wade, cello; and Andrew Prudente, piano.

Cole will perform “Poor Wand‘ring One” from “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan. She most recently appeared as the baker’s wife in SCF’s fall production of “Into the Woods” and in starring roles in “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Venice Theatre. Cole, who teaches dance at her studio in Parrish, Fla., will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida in Fall 2011.

Johnson will perform “Dove sono I bei moment” from “Le nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart. At SCF, she has played the role of the Witch in “Into the Woods,” Dulce in “The Boyfriend” and Chaquita in “Juanito Citrusseed.” She also has performed with the Venice Pops Orchestra at the “Evening Under the Stars” event last April. Johnson plans to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

Cole and Johnson are students of Melodie Dickerson, SCF director of choral and vocal studies.

Prudente will perform “Romeo and Juliet: 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 75, No. 8 Mercutio” by Sergei Prokofiev. Previously considering the medical field, Prudente realized his passion for music and began studying piano. He has been a finalist in the Sarasota Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and has played in recitals, benefit concerts, showcases and master classes. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. Prudente, who is a student of SCF Music Instructor Dr. Charles Turon, plans to pursue a degree in piano performance.

Wade will perform “Elégie for Cello and Orchestra, Op.24” by Gabriel Fauré. Wade, who played percussion as a high school student, began playing the cello when he came to SCF. He has received two superior ratings at the state level in solo and ensemble and was chosen to play principal cello in the orchestra at the Community College Symposium this past fall. Wade, who studies under Nancy Streetman, SCF adjunct music instructor, plans to continue his musical studies at SCF.

Odell will perform Giovanni Bottesini’s “Bass Concerto No. 2.” For the past six years, Odell has studied under John Miller, SCF adjunct music instructor and principal bassist in the Sarasota Orchestra. He also has held principal seats in orchestras at the All-State Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival. He was recently accepted at the University of Florida’s School of Music and plans to study bass performance.

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

SCF Showcase Winners
Front row: SCF students Whitney Johnson, Karli Cole
Back row:
Andrew Prudente, Casey Odell, Ashton Wade

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