About the Crescendo Music Awards Grants
What Is the Crescendo Music Awards Grants Program?
The Crescendo Music Awards Grants is a program of the Rotary Club Of Tulsa.
The purpose of this program is to assist in the pursuit of music education, through instruction and performance, by making financial contributions to young music artists, students, and music programs.
The Crescendo Music Awards Grants program is an outgrowth of the International Crescendo Music Awards Competition which was founded by Rotarian Joseph A. Bias in the spring of 1999 with a budget of $1,500 from the Rotary Club of Tulsa. In that first year, eleven High School and College students auditioned for a jury of six Rotarians. Three were called back to perform for the entire club and cash prizes were awarded. Through its 16 competition seasons, over 900 students auditioned and $463,000 have been awarded as cash prizes to extremely talented young musicians.
In addition to the almost $35,000 awarded each year in the 2005-2008 competitions, Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh, Assistant Professor of Voice at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, awarded annual scholarships to the vocal winners each year, for the University of Miami’s summer program for vocalists and pianists in Salzburg, Austria. These awards added another $16,000 to our total awards.
Continuing the tradition, through our distinguished panel of judges, additional scholarships for summer study in Germany and Italy have been offered to our winning competitors.
Through a generous ongoing gift from Marilyn Inhofe Davis, in memory of her sister, Joan Inhofe Johnson, we awarded an additional $2,500 cash prize annually to a People’s Choice Award Winner. That award winner was determined by the vote of the live audience attending the Collegiate Division Finals concert.
On October 6, 2012, the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College featured two Crescendo Alumni in the classical season opener. Jie Yuan, 2006 Crescendo Gold Medalist in Piano, performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, and Weixiong Wang, 2011 Crescendo Gold Medalist in Clarinet, performed Mozart’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto.
On September 7, 2013, Siwoo Kim, 2010 Crescendo Gold Medalist in Violin, premiered Dr. Samuel Adler’s 1st Violin Concerto with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
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