Lake County Music Education Association awards scholarships – News-Herald

The Lake County Music Education Association awarded scholarships on May 18, totaling $7,500, to six senior Lake County high school musicians who plan to major in music.

The scholarships are:

Charles Swietlik, a student of Amir Jones at Harvey High School, was accepted to Cleveland State University as a music education major. His major instrument is the oboe.

Emmanuel Stewart, a student of Kim Hildack at Harvey High School, was accepted to Cleveland State University as a theater arts major. His major instrument is the Voice.

Autumn Hejduk, a student of Jennifer Calhoun at Madison High School, has been accepted to Cleveland State University as a music therapy major. His main instrument is the voice.

Gabe Hardman, a student of Stephen Poremba at Mentor High School, was accepted to the University of Miami as a music composition major. His major instrument is the bass clarinet.

Lindsey Kintop, a student of Stephen Poremba at Mentor High School, has been accepted to Bowling Green State University as a music education major. His major instrument is the flute.

Katelyn Marcelli, a student of Jennifer Calhoun at Madison High School, has been accepted to Cleveland State University as a music education and composition major. His main instrument is the voice.

Due to the pandemic, scholarship application procedures have been adjusted this year, according to a statement from the association. Scholarship winners were selected based on their applications and video auditions submitted online. Awards judges included Tim Niederkorn (Chair of LCMEA Awards), Sherry Niederkorn, Kim Hildack, Carol Chenoweth, Matthew Saunders, Glenn Obergefell, Brad Hruska and Devra Levine.

The new LCMEA officers are Brad Hruska (Perry Schools), president; Devra Levine (Willoughby-Eastlake Schools), secretary; Kim Hildack (Painesville City Schools), Treasurer; and Tim Niederkorn (retired from Willoughby-Eastlake Schools), scholarship chair. A search is underway for a president-elect.

The Lake County Music Education Association raises funds for scholarships through music festivals throughout the year. In addition to scholarships for high school students who plan to major in music, LCMEA also funds enrichment grants aimed at promoting musical enrichment for larger groups of students. All Lake County music teachers are de facto members of the LCMEA and are encouraged to attend annual festivals and scheduled meetings.

A date for the LCMEA Marching Band Festival has been set for September 21, 2022, after a two-year hiatus. Last year’s event was canceled due to weather (not COVID). It will be held at Mentor High School and will be hosted by Steve Poremba. The date and location of the LCMEA Choir Festival are still pending.

Anyone wishing to donate to the LCMEA Scholarship Fund, to support the organization’s efforts to financially assist high school students majoring in music, may do so by mailing a check to “LCMEA” Treasurer Kim Hildack c/ o Harvey High School, 200 W. Walnut Avenue, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

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