SCF Students Excel at Winter Music Symposium

(Bradenton, Fla., February 11, 2015) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) music students won awards and scholarships at the Florida College System Activities Association Winter Music Symposium at the University of North Florida Jacksonville Jan. 28-31.

SCF student Emily Champagne, violin, won first place in the Student Artist Competition string category and was featured in the artist concert at the symposium. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend any Florida college or university.

The following students received Honorable Mention: Christopher Leiper, trumpet, brass category; Brad McDade, clarinet, woodwind category; and Bit Risner, jazz trumpet, jazz category. These students also participated in master classes.

Students selected to participate in voice master classes included Katelyn Priest, soprano, and Jade Turner, mezzo-soprano. In addition, SCF represented eight of the 16 All-State Orchestra musicians at the symposium.

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. Also contributing to students’ success were Marc Mannino, SCF director of jazz studies, who was in charge of organizing the Music Symposium All-State Jazz Band; Rex Willis, SCF director of guitar and composition and conductor for the Music Symposium All-State Guitar Ensemble; Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies; along with applied instructors Felicia Brunelle and Laura Stephenson. Dr. Charles Turon, SCF director of keyboard and theory studies, was accompanist for student artist participants.

SCF was one of 19 state colleges to participate in the symposium, and the SCF Music Program was well represented by 40 music students who took part in the vocal and instrumental ensembles at the event.

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