About The Arizona Musicfest Scholarship

Since 2011, Arizona Musicfest has awarded over $90,000 to Arizona students pursuing college degrees in music through the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Program.

Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Recipients are students and alumni of the following distinguished institutions: The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, USC’s Thornton School of Music, Biola University, Arizona State University, The Eastman School of Music, Vanderbilt University, and Curtis Institute of Music.

Each year, Musicfest awards an initial scholarship to a graduating high school senior, as well as four renewing scholarships to past winners currently enrolled and excelling in their collegiate academic and music studies.  Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive four years of Musicfest funding to aid in their pursuit of an undergraduate music degree.

As a non-profit performing arts organization, Arizona Musicfest is unique among its industry colleagues in providing this type of on-going financial support to college-level musicians.

To adjudicate the scholarship process, both for new applicants and renewing candidates, Arizona Musicfest annually assembles a distinguished review panel of professional musicians and educators to review each candidate’s application, performance videos, academic record, musical accomplishments, professional references, and written essays.

Through our patrons’ generous support of the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Fund, Arizona Musicfest provides some of the Valley’s most accomplished and deserving Young Musicians with not only valuable financial aid, but also with a community of enthusiastic fans who stand behind these aspiring young musicians and help them to realize their dreams.

2019 Arizona Musicfest First Year Scholarship Recipients

Rina Kubota, violin (Tempe), and Belle Wang, violin (Mesa), were chosen from an exciting and talented group of applicants for their artistic excellence, musical and academic achievement, dedication to their craft, and involvement in their communities. A jury comprised of professional musicians, educators, and arts administrators from around the Valley reviewed student applications and performance video submissions and were unanimous in their selection of Rina and Belle.

Beginning in the Fall, Ms. Kubota will attend Yale University studying with Wendy Sharp, while Ms. Wang will begin her studies at The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Margaret Batjer.

Rina Kubota

Rina Kubota

Yale University, 2019-2023

Belle Wang

Belle Wang

University of Southern California, 2019-2023

Belle Wang, 17, has earned First Prize in numerous competitions including the ASTA State Solo Competition, MTNA State Solo Competition, Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Philadelphia International Music Festival Solo Competition, and International Grande Music Competition. After her debut with the Chandler Symphony as winner of the 2016 Chandler Symphony Orchestra Competition, Belle performed in national venues like Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. In 2017 and 2019, she performed with The Phoenix Symphony as the Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto winner of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. As a member of Phoenix Youth Symphony she has been concertmaster of the Symphonette and Youth Symphony and later, in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. In addition to studying with Danwen Jiang, Professor of Violin at ASU, she has been in the masterclasses of esteemed violinists including Cho-Liang Lin and Peter Zazofsky. She will begin her studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Margaret Batjer in the Fall of 2019.

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Belle Wang Performing Eugene Ysaye’s Sonata for Violin Solo in D Minor, Op.27, No.3 “Ballade”

 

Rina Kubota Performing Johan Halvosen’s Passacaglia (After Handel) with her brother, Leo.

Meet the Arizona Musicfest College Scholars!

First Year Scholarship Recipients

Rina Kubota

Rina Kubota

Yale University, 2019-2023

Belle Wang

Belle Wang

University of Southern California, 2019-2023

Belle Wang, 17, has earned First Prize in numerous competitions including the ASTA State Solo Competition, MTNA State Solo Competition, Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Philadelphia International Music Festival Solo Competition, and International Grande Music Competition. After her debut with the Chandler Symphony as winner of the 2016 Chandler Symphony Orchestra Competition, Belle performed in national venues like Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. In 2017 and 2019, she performed with The Phoenix Symphony as the Grand Prize and Clotilde Otranto winner of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. As a member of Phoenix Youth Symphony she has been concertmaster of the Symphonette and Youth Symphony and later, in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. In addition to studying with Danwen Jiang, Professor of Violin at ASU, she has been in the masterclasses of esteemed violinists including Cho-Liang Lin and Peter Zazofsky. She will begin her studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Margaret Batjer in the Fall of 2019.

Scholarship Recipients

Alexander Mayer

Alexander Mayer

The Juilliard School, 2018-2022

Claire Thai

Claire Thai

Curtis Institute of Music, 2018-2022

Robert Bui

Robert Bui

New England Conservatory, 2017-2021

Robert “Robbie” Bui is a third-year undergraduate composer studying under Stratis Minakakis at New England Conservatory. His music is rooted from influences such as his desire for social reform, his family’s cultural history, and his early upbringing into music through cello performance.
Former experiences in groups such as the Phoenix Youth Symphony and Chandler Symphony Orchestra were some of the largest influences in his writing. He had annually received awards and scholarships from the Arizona Musicfest Organization and Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Young Musician’s competition, both as a soloist and with his former quartet, p4q. The generous support from these places has sent him places such Vienna Summer Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive, Idyllwild Arts Symphony and Chamberfest, and Tetra String Quartet Camp.
His orchestral debut was with the Phoenix Youth Symphony with the premiere of his tone poem, “Birmingham 1963″ in April 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre in his home city of Phoenix, Arizona. Two years later, Bui won the NEC Orchestra Composition Competition and had “The Diminished, The Assembled” premiered with NEC Symphony under Hugh Wolff. His chamber string orchestra piece for four quartets and contrabass was premiered by his Mountain View High School Chamber Orchestra and taken to the American String Teacher Association’s National Orchestra Festival in Albuquerque, NM March 2018. Bui has also valued the experience of hearing performances of his chamber music. His piece “Alizarin Crimson” was performed by the Ensemble PHACE residing in Vienna in Summer 2018. His “String Quartet No. 2,” which won the Arizona Musicfest Composer’s Competition 2017 and the New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competition 2018 has been recorded and performed multiple times by Burn City String Quartet, Tempest String Quartet in Jordan Hall, and by his very own former string quartet, p4q at the Musical Instrument Museum. He has been awarded Arizona Musicfest’s Annual Scholarship, National School Orchestra Award in 2017, and the Director’s Award in 2015.
Outside of music, Bui enthusiastically pursues photography, learning language, collecting clothes, and doing latte art at his part-time job as a barista.

Thomas Desrosiers

Thomas Desrosiers

Vanderbilt University, 2016-2020

Ryanne McLaren

Ryanne McLaren

Biola University, 2015-2019

Anna Han

Anna Han

The Juilliard School, 2014-2018

Dana Brink

Dana Brink

Eastman School of Music, 2013-2017

Jeanelle Brierley

Jeanelle Brierley

Cleveland Institute of Music, 2012-2016

Evan Pensis

Evan Pensis

University of Southern California, 2012-2016

Karen Nguyen

Karen Nguyen

Arizona State University, 2011-2015