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.

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