Talent Grant Awards 2020-2021

Holy Names Music Center’s holds a donor supported annual Talent Grant competition to give HNMC students the opportunity to perform for an outside adjudicator with a blind ranking system and compete for a monetary award toward their music lessons in the coming year. This competition is unique in that the student’s talent and potential are both considered – making it possible for even a beginning student who shows great promise to win the grant.

Despite the challenges presented due to COVID-19 our students who had been nominated for this opportunity persevered. Students and teachers prepared their pieces and practiced diligently. With extra precautions in place in regards to safety the competition was held on June 19th, 2020. #TheMusicPlaysOn!

We would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s adjudicator Jim Tevenan, Music and Arts Producer and Classical Host for Spokane Public Radio. This year a total of sixteen students auditioned with teacher recommendations in the areas of strings, voice, and piano. We are so impressed by our hard working and talented music students and are pleased to announce this year’s winners!

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The 2020-2021 Talent Grant Winners receiving a $500 grant:

Amanda Nguyen, violin, student of Mariana Dimitrova
Kailyn Wilder, voice, student of April Young and
Trinity Piazza, piano, student of Linda Siverts

Honorable Mentions receiving a $100 grant:

Elias Baldwin-Bonney, voice, student of April Young
Jade Frias, piano, student of Linda Siverts and
Noah Eddy, strings, student of Garnik Goukasian

All students demonstrated great musical competence, artistic sensibility, and promise. Congratulations to these wonderful, hardworking students and their teachers!

Thank you so much to our donors who make programs like this possible!