After three hours of competition, eleven young musicians won a total of $2,700 at the Music Showcase held at Flemington United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
In the elementary school division, the winner of the third place, $100 prize was Helen Xu who played violin. In addition to violin, she likes to draw. The second place, $200 prize went to Emily Razenkov who played piano. Emily is a member of school choir and hand chimes choir. She also enjoys figure skating. She is a student of the Ia Denzer Piano Studio. Aleksandra Krutovsky who won the $300 prize for being the top elementary division entry, was the youngest contestant at the Showcase. She is in the third grade, but she began playing piano four and a half years ago. She is a student of Ia Denzer Piano Studio. Besides playing piano, she also enjoys Ukranian dance.
Victoria Kramer, who sang “A Thousand Years,” won the third place, $200 award in the middle school division. She likes acting and is a member of CJMEA Honors Choir and Showkids Invitational Theater. The second place, a $300 prize, was Adrew Fielding. He won by playing Joseph Haydn’s Allegro Scherzando on the piano. He also plays violin and was in a school play “Honk.” He is a student of Bobbie Lee Piano Studio. The first place winner of a $400 award in the middle school division was Matthew Woodward. He won the award by singing “Feeling Good” while playing an acoustic guitar. He plays in school jazz band and involved in school play “Shrek.” He is a student of the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts.
There was a three-way tie of the third place in the high school division. They will share a $300 award. Jocelyn Pollack, who played piano, is a student at Hunterdon Academy of the Arts. Danielle Serrao was last year’s first place winner in middle school division. She is in NJ State Honors Choir; a choir member in two churches, and a cantor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. Chloe Stevenson sang “Feeling Good” while playing the piano. She is a member in Honors Choir. She studies with Sarina Bolton and enjoy dances in a variety of styles.
Isabella DePaola won the second place, $400 prize, by singing “What Ever Happened to My Part?” Isabella is a competitive singer and dancer. She studies with Sarina Bolton and was the highest scoring vocal performance at the National Finals on the East Coast.
Winning the high school division, and its $500 prize, was Troy B. Powell who is a student at Ia Denzer Piano Studio. Troy also plays jazz guitar and is a member of jazz band and jazz combo.
We congratulate all the winners and wish them success in their lives and careers.