Since 2006 the Felicity Coltman Scholarship Award has been presented to middle and high school students that have demonstrated chamber music excellence and leadership within the Young Artists Academy and/or Summer Workshop. Recipients receive a full scholarship to the Young Artists Academy or ChamberFlex and are invited to perform at numerous ACMC events during the year.
2017 Recipient: Dylan Monahan, cello
Dylan Monahan, age 15, is a sophomore at Lake Travis High School, where he plays in their Chamber Orchestra as well as their Chamber Music in Public Schools program. Currently, he studies cello with Amy Levine-Tsang, and has studied over the summer with Gary Hardie at the Baylor School of Music and Jesús Castro-Balbi at the University of North Texas. He is an avid listener of classical, romantic, impressionist, contemporary, jazz, and tango. He loves listening to chamber works of Ravel, Debussy, and Shostakovich. Dylan also enjoys attending chamber music concerts and master classes, spending time with friends, reading, and composing new pieces. He is a member of the Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory with Graham Reynolds and his first publicly performed work, a Suite for Tango Sextet, was played by Hear No Evil in March of 2017.
2017 Recipient: Casey Boyer, viola
Casey Boyer, age 16, is a high school junior at Regents School of Austin. She picked up her first instrument, the viola, at age 10 as a member of the Regents orchestra, and has loved music ever since. A two-time TPSMEA violist, Casey is currently studying under Sara Driver and is principal violist in the Regents Honors Orchestra. She enjoys playing guitar, improvising on viola in worship band, and playing with the orchestra at Bethany Lutheran Church. When she’s not practicing, you’ll find her listening to rock music, training and showing miniature horses, and reading. Casey plans to continue her career as a violist and become a music major in college.
2016 Recipient: Noah Simon, piano
Noah Simon is an eighteen-year-old high school senior at LASA, musician, and composer. Currently he studies piano with Kayla Chon. He spends his free time improvising and composing on the piano and the guitar. Along with playing music, he loves to listen to it – especially the Beethoven String Quartets and Piano Sonatas, as well as baroque and twentieth-century music. Noah also enjoys cooking, spending time with his friends and his dogs, and doing schoolwork. He plans to study music composition at UT next fall.
2015 Recipient: Sophie Ayer, violin
Sophie Ayer, age 13, is an 8th grader at Kealing Middle School in Austin. She began studying violin at age 5 with Kristi Manno of Bluebonnet Suzuki, and currently studies with violinist Sandy Yamamoto. She has been Concertmaster of the Austin Youth Sinfonietta Orchestra, the Austin Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kealing Middle School Symphony Orchestra. She was a finalist in the 2014 Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition. In 2015, she was recognized as Best in Class at the Austin Independent School District Solo and Ensemble Contest. Sophie also plays viola and was first chair violist in the Kealing Middle School Symphony Orchestra during 2014. When she is not practicing, Sophie enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with friends. She is very excited about a long career in music.
2015 Recipient: Francesca Ramirez, clarinet
Francesca Ramirez (age 15) is a sophomore at Bastrop High School where she is a section squad leader. She is currently studying under clarinetist Jeni Gossard. In May 2015 she was recognized for her merit in the top 10% of her class and was awarded the Passion Award given to a student in each grade level who demonstrates a positive attitude, exhibits excitement, drive, a strong work ethic and are passionate about making him or herself, the organization or team, the school and the community a better place. She was also a member of the inaugural Texas Youth Wind Symphony in 2014-2015.
She serves her faith community by serving as a teacher assistant for 3rd graders and is a Mass cantor at St. Peter the Apostle.
2014 – Saskia Gregg, violin
2013 – Rachel Rivero, cello
2012 – Christopher Henselman, piano & Sage Stoakley, violin
2011 – Zerek Dodson, oboe & piano
2010 – Sydney Barber, piano
2009 – Hannah Bangs, clarinet
2008 – Olivia Erwin, oboe
2007 – Christa DeFries, violin
2006 – Ria Hodgson, violin