The presentations were followed by a rapid paced and thrilling rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor Opus 23 no. 5, played by the Silver Tray winner Matthew Zhou of London. St. Thomas jazz enthusiast Jonathan Renaud, winner of the Stephanie Leung Memorial Trophy and Scholarship, played Paganini Variations by John Maul; and Sarah Looby, winner of the new Harrington-Catchpole scholarship and trophy for strings, played J.S. Bach’s Sarabande in D Minor for the violin.
Throughout the evening, Rotary representatives presented scholarships ranging from $100 to $500, this year to 41 festival winners, for a total value of $6,300. Scholarships are paid to students based upon the marks awarded by the adjudicators.
It was noted that Rotary is most appreciative of the donors who maintain the long standing scholarship funding and also of the new donors each year. Community support for the scholarship program encourages young people to continue their studies in music as does the continuation of the Festival’s professional adjudication.