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.
2018 Recipient: Melva Loock, cello & piano
Melva Loock, age 17, is a senior at Wilson Hill Academy, an online school. She currently studies cello with Melissa Solomon, and has played piano for 11 years. She previously studied with Beth Ringel for 5 years. The oldest of 6, she enjoys working with children, especially those with special needs. In her spare time, Melva likes to listen to any kind of music and fiddle with her ukulele. Melva also enjoys mathematics, and plans to double major in math and music in college.
2017 Recipient: Dylan Monahan, cello
Dylan Monahan 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 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 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 – Noah Simon, piano
2015 – Sophie Ayer, violin & Francesca Ramirez, clarinet
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