ABS Academy Awards: Scholarships, Contests, and Other Good News

Academy alumni who performed in last year's Messiah.

Academy alumni who performed in last year’s Messiah.

Not only does the ABS Academy attract some of the best and brightest musicians to San Francisco every summer, but we all get to watch and listen to them both during the Festival and in the years to come as their activities take them all around the world and, occasionally, back to the Bay Area. With recent awards and honors announced for some of the Academy’s incoming participants and our distinguished alumni, ABS is extremely proud to play an important role in the musical journeys of these talented artists. Every year Early Music America awards Summer Workshop Scholarships to gifted musicians in the early music field, and ABS Academy participants have benefited from this financial assistance in the past. This year, an amazing 5 out of 9 scholarships were awarded to incoming Academy musicians! Congratulations are due to the following recipients of EMA’s 2015 Summer Workshop Scholarship:

Daniel Mireles, viola
Jonathan Slade, flute
Alice Culin-Ellison, violin
David Dickey, oboe
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor

There is more good news! Early Music America has awarded flutist and 2014 Academy alumna Mara Winter the prestigious Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship. This award, offered every other year to an outstanding and highly motivated young performer in medieval music, will allow Mara the opportunity to widen her experience through more advanced study. Congratulations, Mara!

Also, the semifinalists for the Baroque Flute Artist Competition held by the National Flute Association in Washington, D.C. have just been announced. Of the six semifinalists, two are Academy alums–Christopher Matthews and Joshua Romatowski–and one will be attending the Academy for the first time this summer–Mili Chang–before heading to the Nation’s capital to compete. Good luck to all and congratulations!

ABS is excited to welcome its largest Academy class to date in August 2015: 74 musicians from the United States, Germany, Canada, and England. We sincerely hope you will join us at the Festival, Versailles & The Parisian Baroque (August 7-16), to hear this exceptional group of musicians perform. Tickets to the Academy-In-Action concerts, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Marais’ Sémélé (all events that will feature soloists from the Academy) are available on the Festival website: sfbachfestival.org.