George Cady introduced Dr. Alexander Tutunov and Scholarship Award Winning Students Owen Hucke, Stephanie Chen and Bailey Snelgrove. Each year Friends of Music offers scholarships to young musicians.
Owen Hucke was first to perform. Owen is a freshman at Southern Oregon University and studies piano performance under Dr. Alexander Tutunov. He has also been very active in sports including water polo, swim team and track.
Owen Hucke played music by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Coloratura Soprano Bailey Snelgrove was accompanied by Dr. Alexander Tutunov and Stephanie Chen turned the pages.
Bailey Snelgrove studies music at Southern Oregon University under Laurie Hunter and Ellie Murray. She regularly performs in local choirs and in local productions. Recently she has begun performing jazz with other musicians around the Rogue Valley and also composes her own vocal music. Bailey will graduate in 2018.
Painist Stephanie Chen has been studying piano since age 5 and currently studies with Dr. Alexander Tutunov at Southern Oregon University.
In addition to piano Stephanie plays Chinese instruments including the erhu, guzheng and hulusi. She won 1st Place in the 2014 OMFC Trotter competition and has won many OMTA competitions. She performs often at the Lan Su Garden in Portland representing Wisdom Art Academy.
Dr. Alexander Tutunov and the audience gave the students a standing ovation.
After the intermission Dr. Alexander Tutunov performed selections by Sergey Prokoviev.
Dr. Alexander Tutunov is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. His performance schedule takes him to Europe, China, Mexico and the US.
He graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory and the University of North Texas. Dr. Tutunov has received numerous honors for his "unique talent" and is also currently Professor of Piano at the University of Alaska Southeast, Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.
Brookings Harbor Friends of Music President Mark Newhouse congratulated the students on a fine performance and on receiving the 2017 Friends of Music Scholarship awards.
Each student received $1500 to be used to further their music education.
After the concert the students and Dr. Tutunov relaxed and attended a dinner in their honor in Brookings.