General Scholarship $250, February 2015 – Andrew Kennedy
Andrew Kennedy is an accomplished musician that plays bass guitar, clarinet, and saxophone, and is currently studying flute. He started playing at the age of 10, has continued working to master his skills, and aspires to become a proficient Jazz musician as well as a music educator. At present, Andrew performs with the Ocoee Jazz Knights Big Band as the lead tenor sax and is the current leader of the Knights Jazz Combo. He also performs in the wind ensemble as the second chair clarinetist. An incoming senior at Ocoee High School, Andrew is learning music theory as well as music composition.
Last year, Andrew earned a position in the Orange County All County Symphonic Band playing clarinet. He has also earned the accomplishment of Superior for a Jazz Combo performing clarinet in Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. Andrew has played alongside accomplished musicians such as Scott Wilson, Dave Becker, Jaritt Sheel and Scotty Barnheart and has been honing his classical and jazz skills studying with Yamaha recording artist Jim Snyder. Andrew has performed at venues including The Abbey, the annual Sunshine Jazz Fest, the Oakland Wine and Dine, Downtown Disney, Universal Macy’s parades, and the Memphis Liberty Bowl alongside The Temptations.
With a heart for service, Andrew has also given countless volunteer hours playing bass guitar for the Oakland Presbyterian Church Praise Team and supporting the music programs, as well as volunteering for local non-profit organizations such as S.T.A.R.S., Mathew’s Hope, and Bread of Life Fellowship. He is currently exploring Florida Universities to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies and aspires to be a music educator and a performing artist.
Gatorland Band Camp 2014 Scholarship Recipient – Micala Jones
Micala has played the clarinet for over a year, and has had experience playing the violin.
School: Milwee Middle School
HAPCO Music Foundation Scholarship Recipient – Cameren Anai Williams
Cameren Anai Williams is 13 years old and she attends Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. She is a double major in strings (viola), voice and she plays piano. In school, she is the principal violist of the Advanced Orchestra, full orchestra, and the 8th Grade Chamber Ensemble (under the direction of Nancy Beebe) and she is a member of the Girls’ Chorus and the Bak Chorale (under the direction of Connie Drosakis). She is also the principal violist of the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott), a former member of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches (under the direction of D. Shawn Berry), a member of the Principal Orchestra of Florida Youth Orchestra in Broward County, and a student of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Music Preparatory Department (studying with Mrs. Belen Clifford). She is also a student of Prof. Richard Fleischman of Miami, Florida. Furthermore she has studied under Jane Schranze (Interlochen), Jennifer Arnold (Sphinx), Christopher Jenkins (Sphinx), Gareth Johnson, as well as master classes with several other noted violists.
She has had many experiences during her lifetime….she was a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir where she performed in Chicago. She also was selected to the ACDA’s International Choir where she performed in London, England in the summer of 2012. She also received a full scholarship to the Sphinx Performance Academy (www.sphinxmusic.org) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music the summer of 2012 as well. In December of 2012 she won runner-up in the Palm Beach Atlantic University Concerto Competition.
She just recently performed in the Florida All-State Middle School Orchestra for the 2nd year in a row. She was second viola in 8th grade and 3rd chair viola in 7th grade. She has received superior ratings at Solos and Ensembles and her repertoire includes many works on the collegiate and professional level. On March 29, 2013 she performed at Carnegie Hall with her school as principal violist and in May of 2013, she performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She was one of 8 students (1 of 2 violists) to be selected to Interlochen’s first Intermediate Advanced Strings Program in the summer of 2013. While at Interlochen, she was a finalist in their annual Concerto Competition and was one of the first Intermediate violist to make the finals. She was also principal violist of the Interlochen’s Intermediate Symphony Orchestra. Cameren was also a Finalist for the American Protégé International Concerto Competition on viola and performed as a Soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on December 22nd of 2013.
On October 1st of 2013, Cameren was the featured soloist with the PBA Symphony under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mims (Prof. Patrick Clifford- concertmaster) as they performed Handel’s Concerto in B Minor, 1st movement.
Cameren’s short term plans include auditioning for the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida for high school, performing in Solos and Ensembles for the Florida Orchestra Association, performing for the National Federation of Music’s Festival, as well as entering 2 concerto competitions.
Her future goal is to attend a music conservatory and study music performance and become a professional violist focused on solo and chamber performance, as well as to become a luthier.