CORVALLIS - Portland soprano Amy Hansen, Eugene flutist Jasmine Hedrick, and Portland clarinetist Michael Santos were this year's winners of the Petri Music-Study Scholarship Awards. They competed in public auditions at Oregon State University on Saturday, March 18, to win awards totaling $12,500.
Adjudicators were David Stabler, classical music critic of The Oregonian; Hamilton Cheifetz, cellist and music professor at Portland State University; and Travis Hatton, conductor and OSU faculty member. Awarding of the scholarships was based on the applicants' performance and professional plans for the future.
Hansen, the first-place winner, will receive $7,000 to help finance coaching from Metropolitan Opera personnel in New York. She recently won first prize in the 1999 Oregon District Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Hansen will sing a leading role in Opera Theater Corvallis' April 7-8 production of Puccini's comic opera "Gianni Schicchi," and starred in OTC's 1999 production of "Die Fledermaus."
Hedrick's $3,000 award will help her participate this summer in the Julius Baker Flute Master Classes, the National Flute Convention in Ohio, and attend the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals. Clarinetist Michael Santos intends to apply his $2,500 award toward attendance at the Rome Festival in Italy, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and graduate study at the State University of New York at Purchase.
The biennial Petri Music-Study Scholarship Award Competition was established by the estate of Paul Petri, head of the OSU music department from 1923-47, and his wife, Lillian, who taught piano at OSU. Since its inception in 1962, grants have been awarded to 23 other Oregon musicians, most recently to soprano Misook Yun and violist Karen Blankenship, both of Eugene in 1998.
The award is administered by the Benton County Foundation, and auditions are coordinated by the OSU Department of Music.