SCF Music Students Excel at Statewide Music Symposium

(Bradenton, Fla., March 8, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) music students won awards and scholarships at the Florida Community College Activities Association Winter Music Symposium at Florida Atlantic University this spring.

As one of 14 community colleges to participate in the symposium, SCF won four of the 9 categories in the Student Artists Competition. SCF student winners Dan Wesson, percussion; Connor Milstead, guitar; Fernando Valbuena, piano; and Colton Cason, jazz vocalist were featured in an artist concert at the symposium, and each received a $2,000 scholarship to attend any Florida college or university.

SCF students also were seated in the top chairs in the instrumental ensembles including Reema Khadre as concert mistress for the orchestra and Ethan Howland as soloist for the choir. Chrissy D’Amico won an Honorable Mention in voice.

Melodie Dickerson, SCF Music Program director, accompanied the students to the symposium. Under her leadership, SCF has had a long tradition of excelling at the symposium. Students have won in at least two categories at the symposium each year since she joined SCF eight years ago.

Also contributing to students’ success include Robyn Wilkes, SCF director of instrumental studies; Marc Mannino, director of jazz studies; Rex Willis, guitar instructor, Keith Carrick, percussion instructor; and Dr. Charles Turon, coordinator of keyboard studies.

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