|Jamie Smoker January Fortissimo Scholarship Award Winner|
Jan 31, 2018
Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 13 year old piano student, Jamie Smoker, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for January, 2018. Jamie is a student of Julie Hanney, and the daughter of Amy and Jason Smoker 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.
Jamie is involved in many activities outside of music."Jamie's interests in music are limited to piano, but she has a true love for it and plays at home non-stop. She is very active in her church middle school youth groups, and was recently asked to join the Student Leadership Team. Jamie loves school and is currently competing for a summer scholarship at OSU Cascades to study for a week alongside other girls interested in math and science. She competes in cross-country, track and is an avid skier and mountain biker," states Amy Smoker.
Julie Hanney states, “Jamie challenges herself to do her best each week and she is improving so much! She is playing complex music and bringing life and joy to her playing.”
Along with an award certificate, Jamie received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Jamie and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School Music during Crescendo Bendo, which is held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.