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Nov 14, 2017



    ARIA SCHNEPF WINS RISING STAR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD GRAND PRIZE
Jul 06, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old Guitar student, Aria Schnepf, has been awarded the $500 Rising Star Scholarship Award for 2016 – 2017.  Aria is a student of Randy McRill and the daughter of Zack and Jenna Schnepf of Bend. The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  During Crescendo Bendo Community Music Day held on June 10th at the Tower Theatre, monthly Rising Star Award winners performed and a drawing was held for the $500 Rising Star Grand Prize Scholarship to continue their studies at Cascade School of Music. Aria performed Air, by Telemann and Fly By Night, by Rush. “Aria sight reads very well and she attends lessons prepared through consistent practice,” says Randy McRill. “Aria loves playing the guitar and has progressed from being a bit shy to playing with enthusiasm.” Award sponsors, Wabi Sabi and Just Joe’s Music provided monthly gifts for award winners.



    MICHAELA ALEXANDER WINS FORTISSIMO SCHOLARSHIP AWARD GRAND PRIZE
Jul 06, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old violin and cello student, Michaela Alexander, was awarded the $1000 Fortissimo Scholarship Award Grand Prize for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Michaela is a student of Michael Scott and the daughter of Lisa and Fred Alexander of Bend. The monthly Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  During Crescendo Bendo Community Music Day held on June 10th at the Tower Theatre, monthly Fortissimo Award winners competed for the $1000 Fortissimo Grand Prize Scholarship to continue their studies at Cascade School of Music. Michaela performed Minuet 1 & 2 Bach Cello Suite #1.  Adjudicators for the competition were Michael Gesme, Peter Brownlee, Shireen Amini and Bend Larson.  Participating in the competition were: Whitney Walden, Leila Slate, Carson Perl, Andrew Kropp, Michaela Alexander, Reid McMullen and Nicole Fournier. In addition to her studies on the violin and cello with Mr. Scott, Michaela is the primary cellist for the Redmond Proficiency Academy Symphonic Band, Cascade’s Celli Belli Cello Ensemble, and has collaborated with Cascade School of Music's Rock U program.   Michaela’s cello instructor, Michael Scott, says, "Michaela has been studying the violin with me for many years and recently added cello to her musical adventure.  She’s smart, friendly and always prepared and ready to learn.   In addition to her music, Michaela is a gifted painter.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing and hearing her work for a long time.” Award sponsor for the Fortissimo Award, Pizza Mondo, provided monthly gifts for award winners.



    Leila Slate Wins April Fortissimo Award
Apr 30, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old drum student, Leila Slate, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for April, 2017.  Leila is a student of Meshem Jackson and Nathan Wegner, and the daughter of Brad and SaraJo Slate of Sunriver. The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Leila is a private student of Meshem Jackson, and has played drums and percussion for the school’s Rock U program for three years.  Leila stands out as a hard rocker with a tiny frame and is known around the school for the “kitty ears” she regularly wears. Leila’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Up until last year, Leila has played somewhat timid.  She is petite, so by nature the drums seem to overwhelm her stature.  Leila broke out of her shell this year and can bust out bruising fills with ferocity and power! She is so dedicated, has strong family support and often spends time practicing at home with her dad.” Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Leila is a terrifically hard-working student and it has been exciting to watch her growth this year.  She provides a strong and steady beat for her band and is a joy to watch play.” Along with an award certificate, Leila received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Leila and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Annie Elliott Wins April Rising Star Award
Apr 30, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old Voice student, Annie Elliott, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for April, 2017.  Annie is a student Cullie Treichler and the daughter of Tim and Jennifer Elliott of Bend. The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Annie began her studies with Ms. Treichler just eight months ago and has had several notable accomplishments in the short time. “Annie is naturally talented, with curiosity and zeal for learning.  She has made outstanding progress this year and achieved many successes.  Annie recently performed at Solo Ensemble, scored 85/90 points and received high praise for her work.  Annie’s pre-audition was accepted and she will audition for the Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship in early June.  Annie’s willingness to discover her voice along with her love of classical repertoire, amazing work ethic and passion for singing make her a joy to work with,” says Cullie Treichler Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Annie has challenged herself this year, she’s delighted audiences during local performances and grown in her musicianship.” Along with an award certificate, Annie received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Annie and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Ukulele Student Sydney Mucha Wins February Rising Star Award
Feb 27, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 11 year old Ukulele student, Sydney Mucha, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for February, 2017.  Sydney is a student of Rebecca Smith and the daughter of Ken and Jennifer Mucha of Bend. The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Sydney started playing the Ukulele after a few trips to Kauai, and she has loved playing it ever since her first lesson.  Sydney recently performed a duet for her schools musical highlighting The Beetles. “Sydney has gone way beyond any other ukulele student I have had,” says Rebecca Smith. “She embraces learning challenging strums & finger picking, effects such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, rhythm & note reading and improvisation. Sydney is persistent and willing to tackle new concepts outside of her comfort zone!” Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Sydney’s enthusiasm for ukulele is hard to beat! She will soon be adding baritone ukulele to her list of instruments. Sydney has a delightful personality and this instrument suits her well.” Along with an award certificate, Sydney received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Sydney and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Bass Student Carson Perl Wins February Fortissimo Award
Feb 27, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 16 year old bass student, Carson Perl, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for February, 2017.  Carson is a student of Eddy Robinson and the son of Fred and Sandy Perl of Bend. The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Carson has participated in the All-State Orchestra 2015, 2016 and was the principal bassist in 2017, All-Northwest Orchestra principal bassist 2017, State Solo Competition where he placed 4th in 2015 and 6th in 2016, District Honor Orchestra 2015 and was the principal bassist in 2016, District Honor Band 2017, Central Oregon Youth Orchestra 2014, 2015 (played at Carnegie Hall) and 2016, Central Oregon Symphony under the direction of Michael Gesme 2017.   In addition to bass, Carson also studies piano and has achieved level 10 in Syllabus. Carson’s instructor, Eddy Robinson says, “Carson is an extremely motivated and hard-working student. He consistently pushes himself to improve and grow and never backs down from a challenge.  One of my favorite memories with Carson was watching him perform as a freshman at the State Solo Competition in 2015, and then learn that he placed 4th.” Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Carson has quite a list of accomplishments and we are very pleased to be able to honor him with our top honor.” Along with an award certificate, Carson received a $100 scholarship toward his private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Carson and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    
Feb 14, 2017



    Drew Stilson wins
Oct 27, 2016
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 10 year old drum student Drew Stilson has been awarded the Rising Star Award for October, 2016.  Drew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Rick and Nicole Stilson of Bend. The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  “Drew demonstrates remarkable ability for his age.  From the very beginning, his dedication to practice and the development of his skills has been exciting for me as his instructor.  Drew rises to challenges which made my decision to have Drew perform with my upper intermediate and advanced level students an easy one.  Drew’s work ethic and positive attitude along with his family’s unwavering support has really made and continues to make a tremendous impact on Drew’s drumming.” Meshem Jackson Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “As our school continues to grow, the caliber of young people with the desire to excel in their music does as well.  Drew has enthusiastically embraced all that is drumming and is very deserving of this honor.” In addition to his private lessons, Drew has participated in the school’s summer Rock U program. Along with an award certificate, Drew received a $50 scholarship towards his private lessons. Drew and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Whitney Walden wins Fortissimo Award
Oct 19, 2016
The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  “Whitney is exceptionally motivated with an excellent work ethic. Her ability to learn new instrumental and musical ideas is about as good as I have seen in all my years of teaching,” John Allen.  Meshem Jackson adds, “Whitney recently added drums to her mix of instruments.  My first impression of Whitney is that she has focus, determination, and discernment in her attitude and work ethic toward learning a new instrument. I foresee diligence in her approach to practice. She is an intelligent young woman that will have success on her musical journey.” Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, “Whitney is one of a very strong group of up and coming students at Cascade School of Music.  She is a hard worker and we’re excited to discover where Whitney’s talent and enthusiasm for music take her.” In addition to her private lessons, Whitney participates in the school’s Rock U program where she plays the electric bass for the school’s first all female rock band.    Along with an award certificate, Whitney received a $100 scholarship towards her private lessons. Whitney and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Jake Thibert wins Fortissimo Award
Jan 29, 2016
Piano student Jake Thibert has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for January 2016. "Jake is a motivated pianist who challenges himself constantly.  He is able to play with sensitivity and control beyond his years and far beyond the time he has been studying piano. I am so proud of Jake and look forward to seeing the amazing musician and person he is becoming", says Julie Hanney, Jake's teacher.Dillon Schneider, Executive Director says, "Jake began in one of our beginning group piano classes, and after 15 weeks transitioned into private piano lessons. He is a hard worker and we're excited to discover where Jake's talent and enthusiasm for music take him." Along with an award certificate, Jake received $100 scholarship towards his private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza, Cuppa Yo and Cascade School of Music. Jake and subsequent award winners are also the only students eligible for a $1000 award to be given out at The Tower Theatre during Crescendo Bendo in June 2016.



    Elvis rocks at Cascade School of Music
Dec 19, 2014
Elvis made a surprise appearance at Cascade School of Music, and was joined in a jam session by Meshem Jackson on drums, Aaron Pugh on guitar and Dillon Schneider on bass. Elvis rocked a couple of tunes with the band and then sang some Christmas carols with the kids. Elvis, come back any time!



    Les Schwab sponsors Awesome Afterschool Music Programs
Oct 13, 2014
Cascade School of Music is proud to have Les Schwab Tire Centers on board as a sponsor of our Awesome Afterschool Music programs. Support from Les Schwab enables the school to keep the tuition very low for these programs and to provide tuition assistance for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise. On behalf of the 75 kids enrolled in these important programs, Thank You!



    2017 - 2018 PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Aug 23, 2017
Pick up your copy of the 2017 - 2018 Cascade School of Music Program Guide this week in The Source, or at Cascade School of Music, and check out all of the engaging programs and classes offered this year!



    New CD from Harp instructor Becky Smith
Dec 19, 2014
Cascade School of Music Harp instructor Rebecca Smith has a new CD out of Hawaiian music arranged for harp. "It is an outstanding recording- the music is very beautiful, and very well played" says Dillon Schneider, Executive Director at the school. Highly recommended! The CD is available at the school.



    Pianist April Lane Joins Faculty
Jan 14, 2014
Cascade School of Music is excited to welcome pianist April Lane to its faculty. April received her Masters in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado and then became part of the faculty. April maintains an active performance schedule, as a soloist with regional symphonies and as a chamber musician, collaborating with internationally acclaimed artists.April is trained in both Suzuki and traditional teaching methodologies. She is now accepting private students to begin in February. 



    Christian Malone joins Board of Directors
Dec 17, 2013
Attorney Christian Malone of the firm Schmidt Malone has been elected to the Cascade School of Music Board of Directors. Christian picked up the guitar in high school and has enjoyed the pursuit to grow from mere player to musician ever since.  He enjoys all types of music, but is especially fond of electric blues and old school rock 'n' roll.  These days, however, much of his listening consists of seemingly limitless refrains of "Wheels on the Bus" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," thanks to his toddler son's main musical interests.  Christian moved to Bend in 2008 for its quality of life and outdoor recreational amenities.  In addition to enjoying music, Christian and his family like to hike, snowshoe, and mountain bike the local trails.  Christian obtained his law degree from Willamette University and focuses his local practice on civil and criminal litigation.  He currently serves in the Oregon State Bar's House of Delegates.



    Declan Hoban announced as March Rising Star Award Winner at Cascade School of Music
Mar 28, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 13 year old Piano student, Declan Hoban, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for March, 2017.  Declan is a student Krista Aasland and the son of Gavin and Ingrid Hoban of Bend. The Rising Star Award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Declan began studying piano 10 months ago after hearing a friend play Fur Elise, and now plays the song himself and with his grandmother on Facetime. “Declan is an extremely bright and musically sensitive young man. I’m continually blown away by his weekly progress," says Aasland.  "Declan practices so much that he is learning multiple pieces each week.  With about nine months of piano instruction under his belt, Declan walked into his lesson and said, ‘My grandma gave me the original Fur Elise, and I’ve learned most of it!’" Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Declan has a real desire to excel on piano. It is remarkable how far he has come in such a short time.” Along with an award certificate, Declan received a $50 scholarship toward his private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Just Joe’s Music, Wabi Sabi and Cascade School of Music. Declan and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.



    Andrew Kropp announced as March Fortissimo Award Winner at Cascade School of Music
Mar 28, 2017
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old drum student, Andrew Kropp, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for March, 2017.  Andrew is a student of Meshem Jackson and the son of Eric and Cheri Kropp of Bend. The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.  Andrew Kropp is a sophomore at Summit High School where he participates in Summit Winds and the Summit Stage Band. Additionally, Andrew performs with the Central Oregon Youth Choir, Cascade Jazz Ensemble at Cascade School of Music, and can be found busking downtown during First Friday.  In addition to music, Andrew also plays varsity tennis for Summit High School.  Andrew’s instructor, Meshem Jackson says, “Andrew is always up for an opportunity to learn and perform.  This year Andrew played percussion II as my understudy for Young Frankenstein the Musical.  Andrew doesn’t shy away from challenges and has entered drum competitions facing off against adult drummers.  Andrew has also formed a rock band with friends called, Nosecone.” Trish Allehoff, Interim Director says, “Andrew is quite a crowd pleaser and a favorite performer during Drum Day and other CSM events.  It’s been exciting to watch him grow, branch out and challenge himself.” Along with an award certificate, Andrew received a $100 scholarship toward his private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Pizza Mondo.  Andrew and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 10, 2017.




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