Scholarship recipients present concert

By The Curry Coastal Pilot January 08, 2014 08:54 am

Friends of Music presents it second annual Young Artists Concert and Scholarship Awards gala at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

Percussionist Matthew Valenzuela, and pianist Ian Guthrie will present solo performances. Vocalist Harris Long will perform with a jazz trio. The three scholarship finalists will each receive $2,000 during the concert scheduled at the Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave.

The concert is free.

Matthew Valenzuela

Valenzuela, 22, is a freelance percussionist from Elk Grove, Calif. 

He has been studying percussion for more than eight years, and recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He is now studying towards a master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Oregon. 

His major teachers include Pius Cheung, Sean Wagoner and Allen Brown.

Valenzuela has had the opportunity to perform with several different ensembles in the concert and marching activity, including the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and Vanguard Winter Percussion. 

He recently attended the Zeltsman Marimba Festival where he performed in master classes with Fumito Nunoya and Nancy Zeltsman. He has also had the privilege of performing alongside master Mexican marimbist Javier Nandayapa.

Ian Guthrie

Ian Guthrie, 21, is a senior composition major at Marylhurst University in Portland. 

He has played the piano for 13 years, winning many prizes in the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) and Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) high school festivals. He also won first prize in the 2012 OMTA Piano Scholarship Competition and was winner of the 2013 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Performance Competition for the State of Oregon. 

He has studied piano with Dr. Renato Fabbro for the past three years. His previous teachers include Dr. Barbara Roberts and Jeremy Ross. He has also composed for 11 years, winning several prizes from WSMTA and the Webster young composers competition. 

He hopes to continue studying composition in graduate school and is currently applying to graduate programs nationwide.

Harris Long

Long is a senior jazz performance major at Willamette University in Salem, his hometown. 

Harris has been brought up in a musical household, and was exposed to music from a young age. He is the son of Wallace Long Jr., director of choral activities at Willamette, and Garnet Long, a singer for many years. 

His first exposure to jazz music occurred at performances by the Willamette Singers, the University’s 17 member vocal jazz ensemble. Since then, jazz has become his genre of choice, within which he is primarily focused on performance and composition. 

He has been influenced by musicians such as jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley, as well as styles including gospel, blues, rock, and pop. 

Other interests include recording engineering, as well as the study of music aesthetics.

After graduation, Harris plans to pursue a career as a performing and recording artist, as well as writing music for commercial applications.

During the Friends of Music concert, Long will be accompanied by fellow Willamette University students Matt Sazima, a jazz pianist and composer from Granite Bay, Calif.; Thomas Shipley, a jazz bassist and composer from Tucson, Ariz.; and Zach Kambour, a drummer and percussionist from Miami, Fla.