Talent Grant Awards 2021-2022

Congratulations to this year’s annual Talent Grant Winners!

The 2021-2022 Talent Grant Winners receiving a $500 grant:

Hannah Kerbs, voice, student of April Young
Daniel Thackston, cello, student of Karen Conlin, SNJM
Justus Piazza, piano, student of Linda Siverts

Honorable Mentions receiving a $100 grant:

Noah Eddy, violin, student of Garnik Goukasian
Henry Ramey, violin, student of Mariana Dimitrova
Everett Wirth, piano, student of Mina Somekawa

Holy Names Music Center’s Talent Grant 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.

Only a small number of students are nominated by their instructors to compete for the Talent Grant awards. It is an honor just to be recommended, and a tremendous opportunity for students to perform in a blind ranking system for an impartial and experienced adjudicator and compete for a monetary award toward their music lessons in the coming year. The greatest benefit to the competition is what student’s gain from the experience and take with them into the future. This year’s students all demonstrated great musical competence, artistic sensibility and promise, and we look forward to following their progress and accomplishments in the year’s to come.

We would like to extend our particular gratitude to this year’s adjudicator, Jan Pellant, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony!

A little more about this year’s winners!


Hannah Kerbs, voice student of April Young, winner of a $500 tuition grant.
Hannah Kerbs, 17, is an honor student (Junior) at Paideia High School (in Valley, WA). She has been a student of HNMC since she was three years old, first in a “pre-twinkle” strings class with “Miss Margie,” on a 1/4 “violin.” She began several years of piano study with Sr. Kay Heberling at age 5, and at 6 she also began what would be many years of cello studies with Sr. Karen Conlin. She also enjoyed cello studies with Cheryl Carnie, and Dr. Roberta Bottelli, along with her 6 years in the Spokane Youth Symphony. In recent years, she has flourished in her voice studies with April Young. In her “spare time,” Hannah enjoys her big family, church life, and various outdoor activities in our beautiful area of 4 seasons! She hopes to major in music/voice when the time comes. 


Daniel Thackston, cello student of Karen Conlin, SNJM, winner of a $500 tuition grant. Daniel is 14 years old and going into the 9th grade. He has played cello for 9 years- 8 of those studying with Sister Karen. He enjoys playing the cello, making, and listening to music and is enjoying learning a Haydn Concerto currently. He hopes to continue playing the cello through high school and in college. His other interests include golf, tennis, math, and wake-surfing.


Justus Piazza, piano student of Linda Siverts, winner of a $500 tuition grant. Justus has been playing the piano for 8 years. He has won several gold medals at Musicfest NW. In addition to piano, he loves signing for his school choir and playing basketball. Justus hopes to continue playing piano and studying vocal performance in college.

Noah Eddy, violin student of Garnik Goukasian, honorable mention, winner of a $100 tuition grant. Noah is a rising sophomore at LC. While violin remains his first musical love, he also enjoys playing the piano and bass. He hopes to study engineering or architecture in the future.

Henry Ramey, violin student of Mariana Dimitrova, honorable mention, winner of a $100 tuition grant. Henry fell in love with the sound of the violin in Kindermusik class and decided he wanted to learn to play. He also enjoys playing the piano. He likes to ski, run cross-country, and play soccer. His favorite subject in school is reading.

Everett Wirth, piano student of Mina Somekawa, honorable mention, winner of a $100 tuition grant. “Everett loves to play the piano! He has grown a great deal as a musician in his two years of playing and hopes to continue playing throughout his childhood and adolescence. He is interested in dinosaurs and ocean life and hopes to one day be a paleontologist or marine biologist. Our hope for him as his parents is that music will always hold a special place in his heart no matter what he decides to do with it. We are so proud of him!”

Congratulations again to these wonderful, hardworking students and their teachers! 

Thank you so much to our donors who make programs like this possible! Find out how you can help fund a scholarship to a deserving student.

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!

Talent Grant Winners 2020 to 2021 fb post

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!