Friends of Music begins year with free concert

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer September 08, 2012 07:22 am

 

Friends of Music will be kicking off its 2012-13 concert season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, with a Gala Young Artists Concert at Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave.

The church is the Friends of Music’s new venue and will be the site of all but one concert.

 

The Gala Young Artists Concert is also the only free concert, although students may enter all performances at no charge.

Sunday’s concert introduces the three students who received scholarships from Friends of Music. Those students are Tatsiana Asheichyk, a piano performance major at Southern Oregon University; Tye Austin, a guitar performance and composition major at SOU; and Alicia Baker, who is studying at Oregon State University. Each student received $2,000.

Asheichyk was born in Minsk, Belarus, and has been playing the piano since she was 5. She graduated with honors from a music school in Minsk and the Brest State College of Music. Before coming to the U.S., she had also completed two years of study at the Belorussian State Academy of Music under the direction of Dr. Igor Olovinikov. She performed concerts in Belarus and in the Republic of Poland. 

Asheichyk is currently studying with Dr. Alexander Tutunov in Ashland. In the 2010-11 season of the Rogue Valley Opera, she was chosen as a rehearsal accompanist for a production of “La Traviata.” She participated in numerous concerts at SOU and at nursing homes, played in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and accompanied Concert Choir and choirs at some churches in Ashland and Gold Hill. 

In February 2011 and 2012, she participated in benefit concerts for international students at SOU in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grants Pass.

Austin, born in Grants Pass, currently lives in Ashland and will finish his bachelor of arts in music, guitar performance and composition, at SOU in the spring. 

During his undergraduate studies, he has studied guitar performance with international recording artists David Rogers and James Edwards, and composition and counterpoint with Mark Jacobs. Austin has also studied with Grammy Award-winning artists Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Oregon Guitar Quartet Jason Vieaux, Rafael Quinby and Bil Leonhart.

He has made several professional appearances as a solo and chamber guitarist at prestigious venues such as the Britt Festival Classical Series and as an opening act for Sharon Isbin, founder and head instructor of the guitar department at the Juilliard Music School in New York City.

Austin is currently preparing graduate audition repertoire for several master programs in guitar performance at prestigious music schools. He is also in demand as a concert/wedding guitarist, composer, and instructor.  He is a church composer for the Grace Lutheran Church in Ashland and a guitar performer for the Camelot Theatre Company in Talent and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Baker is entering her senior year studying vocal performance, piano performance, and choral education. In addition, she is a professional accordion player. Last year she won the NATS competition for classical voice in her age division, and she also played the role of Queen of the Night in OSU’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in April. 

 

Additionally, she has performed multiple roles in various scenes throughout two terms of Opera Workshop at OSU, and has participated in master classes with Richard Zeller and Christine Meadows. She has studied with Anne McKee Reed throughout all of high school, and has been studying with Richard Poppino for the last three years. 

Baker plans to continue performing in addition to a career in teaching.

To apply for the Friends of Music scholarships, students were required to submit a DVD of a 30-minute musical program. The students were encouraged to select their favorite compositions to share. 

Applications for the grants were received from students in Washington, Colorado, California, and Oregon – all of whom had been accepted at Oregon colleges or universities. The professional adjudicators reviewing the submitted DVDs selected the awardees based on quality of performance, projection, and stage presence.