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2014 Brevard Scholarship Competition Winners Announced

Posted: March 20, 2014 4:47 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Camden/Kershaw County Music Association, an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County, recently held the annual Brevard Scholarship Competition in the Wood Auditorium of the FAC.

Participants included Kirkland Moranos, flute; Austin Quick, tuba; Simmy Singh, tenor sax; Javier Polo Jr., trumpet; Daishaun Baskin, baritone horn; Matthew Austin, euphonium; Emma North, piano; Abigail Watts, piano; Sarah Gustafson, piano; Alex Thompson, piano and violin; and Brynna Chestnut, violin.

The prestigious Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship winner was Moranos, flute. Moranos is a student of Teri Forscher–Milter. Her parents are Scott and Paige Moranos. Moranos is home schooled. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship was awarded to Austin. Austin attends Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) and studies the euphonium with Glenn Price. Gustafason was awarded the Junior Scholarship. Gustafson is home schooled and studies piano with Shana Herndon. Honorable mentions were given to Singh and Quick, who both attend L-EHS and study under Price.

The scholarships are named for Margaret Beckley Upton, mother of Sibby Wood, long-time supporter of the FAC; and Fran Shealy, who for many years, taught and influenced excellent piano students throughout Kershaw County. The Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship allows the winner the opportunity to attend six weeks of intensive study at the prestigious Brevard Music Center. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship is a $400 scholarship named for Shealy.

Throughout its 71-year history, the heart of the Brevard Music Center has been orchestral performance. In addition to private lessons, students in the Instrumental Studies program rehearse daily and maintain a regular concert schedule. The faculty numbers more than 60 professional musicians associated with the finest orchestras, colleges and conservatories in the country. Brevard presents more than 80 public concerts each summer. Its students and faculty live and work on a 140-acre wooded campus in western North Carolina.

For more information, call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartsce nter.org. The FAC of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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