Penny Turner Young Artist Award

2021 Penny Turner Young Artist Award Winner: Amaya Sydor

Amaya Sydor

In early 2021, applications were accepted for the fourth annual Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. The competition is open to all female brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.  After review of the applicants by a select committee,

Amaya Sydor, a bass trombonist from Manitoba, Canada was selected as the winner.

Amaya's commitment to music, as well as her successful pursuit of a breadth of musical opportunities is detailed in the nomination letter submitted by her teachers, Wendy Zander McCallum and Meaghan Graham:

Amaya is an exceptional musician that has excelled in her school program, in the Brandon University Symphonic Band, and in competitive opportunities at the provincial and national level. Each year, she has played in local honour ensembles - the Westman Honour Band and our provincial Manitoba Honour Band. In her grade 11 year, she was accepted for the bass trombone chair for the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada (Ages 16-22). In addition to playing the bass trombone, Amaya is also a talented tenor trombone and euphonium player. Amaya studies privately with Dr. Aaron Wilson, and she consistently receives recognition from festival adjudicators and masterclass leaders. Because of Amaya's focus, she is able to participate with Brandon University's School of Music students in advanced ensembles and contribute meaningfully in these settings. Accompanying her musicianship skills, Amaya is a strong academic, a volunteer, and a student leader. At Vincent Massey, she leads sectionals and provides individual coaching for peers from multiple divisional programs. Through nomination by all instrumental music educators in the Brandon School Division, Amaya received the Manitoba Band Association's Marlene Stephen Memorial Leadership Award. Amaya has also received scholarships from Vincent Massey High School, the Brandon Festival of the Arts and the Westman Jams. These scholarships have helped her invest in her development as she has attended events including the International Music Camp (IMC) and the Manitoba Honour Band programs. Earlier this year, Amaya performed in the Brandon Festival of the Arts where she won the sole brass award, the Beta Sigma Phi Trophy. She was also the recipient of the “Ken Epp Award” at the Dauphin (Manitoba) band camp and received the ‘Outstanding Camper Certificate” at IMC (North Dakota). In-person ensembles have been paused in the Brandon School Division and at Brandon University since March 2020, but Amaya has shown great resilience . Despite challenges of the pandemic, Amaya has persevered and thrived in her studies this year. She has connected with musicians across Manitoba, Canada and North America and is working on various projects. We would be pleased to answer additional questions about Amaya Sydor's continuous pursuit of excellence and her generous and humble contributions to music and music education. 

 

Amaya has received a $400 gift certificate from Dillon Music, a one-year membership to the International Women’s Brass Conference, free conference registration, and will be highlighted as part of our Brass Flexibilities Series.

Congratulations Amaya – we wish you continued success and hope to see you at one of our conferences in the future!

About the Penny Turner Young Artist Award

Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. Ginger says of her inspiration to create the award:

My Mom played the cornet growing up and was a band director for a few years. She never experienced anything like IWBC in her youth and she thought it was the coolest. We always tried to get her to a conference but her health and my schedule never made it happen. She was able to attend a number of the Baltimore Holiday Brass Concerts and really enjoyed the music and the community created through that experience. I thought a scholarship in her name would help keep her connected to the organization that she so loved.”

The competition is open to all female brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.

 

Penny Turner

 

 

 

2020 Penny Turner Young Artist Award Winner: Hattie Asker

Hattie Asker

In February of this year applications were accepted for the third annual Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. The competition is open to all female brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.  After review of the applicants by a select committee,

Hattie Asker, a trumpet and flugel player from London, UK was selected as the winner.

Hattie’s commitment to music, as well as her successful pursuit of a breadth of musical opportunities is detailed in the nomination letter submitted by her private instructor, Bruce Nockles:

Hattie, 15, is a trumpeter and flugel player from London, UK. From the age of 8 to 11 she had trumpet lessons in a group at school before auditioning for a place at the Junior department of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studies trumpet.

Five years ago Hattie joined the junior section of Kinetika Bloco, a British carnival band. She now plays with the main Bloco through which she has visited Oslo where she performed for the Norwegian Royal family, been on tour to New Orleans and played at venues including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall.

At age 12, Hattie set up and ran a brass band for children in the community, arranging parts according to the notes the children knew. Every December, the band leads a community Christmas sing-along. She assists a local music teacher with the running of a community brass band, taking responsibility for coaching the beginner players, some of whom she also gives lessons to at home. 

At Junior Trinity Hattie studies trumpet and performs in the wind orchestra, brass quintet and Big Band. She regularly plays lead trumpet in the quintet and takes solos in Sam Bullard's Big Band, performing with each ensemble in some of London's iconic venues including Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College. 

Hattie has received a $400 gift certificate from Dillon Music and a one-year membership to the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Congratulations Hattie – we wish you continued success and hope to see you at one of our conferences in the future!

 

2019 Penny Turner Young Artist Award Winner: Rachel Petrovich 

In February of this year applications were accepted for the second annual Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. The competition is open to all female brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.  After review of the applicants by a select committee, Rachel Petrovich, a trombone player from Vienna, Virginia was selected as the winner.  Read More...

Rachel Petrovich

      

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