Musicians Compete for Scholarships

Vocal Finalist Sarah Duff will attend Westmont in the fall

The eighth annual Westmont Instrumentalist Guild Competition features eight musicians vying for Westmont music scholarships on Saturday, February 29, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel on the lower Westmont campus. Prospective Westmont student instrumentalists Sean Tran (piano), Daniel Macy (violin), Katie Peel (French horn) Natasha Loh (bassoon), Emma Wu (piano) and Evan Zhou (violin) will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

Ava Kimmel of Bellevue Christian School in Seattle took top honors in the Vocal Guild Competition on February 22, earning up to $10,000 in annual scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years). Vocal finalist Sarah Duff, a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, confirmed she will be attending Westmont in the fall. The soprano, who also plays cello, has sung in her high school choir, the Columbus International Children’s Choir and her church’s Worship Academy.

The competition is funded by The Guild for Music at Westmont and judged by Grey Brothers, professor of music; Steve Butler, professor of music; Steve Hodson, professor of music; Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music; and Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship.