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The Chicago Federation of Musicians presents the winners of the 2017 CFM Music Scholarship!
Momoko began playing French horn in fourth grade school band under the direction of Mrs. Margaret Philbrick, and has studied privately with Melanie Cottle since fifth grade. She has participated in her school band program, including Evanston Township High School Symphony
Orchestra for the last three years and performs yearly in the ETHS Spring Musical pit. She was selected to perform in ETHS’s Senior Solo Recital this year. She has participated in ILMEA 5 times, being seated twice as principal in the senior Orchestra at the district level, and won a place in the ILMEA Honors Orchestra in 2016 and 2017 (in 2017 as Principal Horn). She has performed in CYSO for two years and is on the Honor Roll at ETHS with a GPA of 3.6. She has attended Birch Creek and Blue Lake summer camp as well as ISYM in 2014. Her educational goals consist of working towards bachelor and master degrees in French horn performance. She wants to develop her music-making skills during her college years. She would play in a symphony orchestra as a career, as well as explore outreach and education opportunities.
Kevyn plays bass (electric and upright) and guitar and is pursuing a Bachelor of Musicin Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he has studied with StewartMiller. He has performed with many UIC ensembles including: jazz combos, the Orchestra,the University Band, the Wind Ensemble (Principal Clarinet), and the ElectricGuitar Ensemble.
He is a member of the fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. The fraternity works to support the band program at the school. Besides practicing and improving as a performer his academic studies are very important to him. He has worked hard to achieve and maintain a 4.0 GPA.
After graduation, Kevyn plans to pursue a graduate degree in either music performanceor music education. While wanting to perform he has interests in other areas ofmusic and intends to teach private music.
Joshua is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to have a well-rounded musical education and to have the strength of a great university to support his Bachelor’s degree and career goals. His long-term educational plans include receiving a Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in order to become a college percussion professor. He also plans on taking orchestra auditions in order to win an orchestral job.
Teaching is also interesting to Joshua. Teaching elementary and junior high students intrigues him because of the natural attraction that music has for them. Joshua feels that music teaches us that one person can make a difference in the world and he thinks that it is important for people to see.
Currently, in addition to his classical duties at college, he plays drums in his dorm’s rock band.This helps him think outside of his classical training.