The 2018 Hyechka Scholarship Winners


Lynne Ellen Sullivan Kelly Memorial Scholarship for High School Juniors ($1,000)

Katherine Craig, soprano (student of Sharon Yenzer), is a junior at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences and is a member of Tulsa Youth Opera and the All Souls Unitarian Youth Choir. In 2016, she won the junior division of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Senior Auditions and the Summer Music Camp Scholarship from Tulsa Area Music Teachers Association. She has performed in Into the Woods, The Hobbit, The Snow Queen, The Giver, and Cinderella. She would like to thank her parents for their support and Hyechka for schol-arships that support young musicians.

Zula A. Burkhart String Scholarship for High School Seniors ($4,000)

Jennifer Ripley, (student of Diane Bucchianeri), is a senior at Union High School and has been a member of Tulsa Youth Symphony for five years. She attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain and has participated in All-State Orchestra for three years. As a winner of the Tulsa Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, she will be a featured soloist at the orchestra’s concert on May 6. She plans to study music at the University of Tulsa this fall.


Hyechka Vocal Scholarship for High School Seniors ($4,000)

Michala Beesley, soprano (student of Suzanne Law), the daughter of Chad and Mindy Beesley, attends Sapulpa High School, where she is involved in the Blue Blazed Marvels, SYNCOPATION Jazz Choir, and National Honor Society. She is the JV captain of the Academic Team and is a valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class. Ms. Beesley has been in the musicals In the Heights, The Addams Family, and Annie and is a 2018 All-State Choir member. She plans to major in music and psychology at a four-year university

Jane Heard Clinton Scholarship for High School Seniors ($6,000)

Anne Montgomery, cello (student of Kari Caldwell), attends Owasso High School and was the first string player from her school to be chosen for All-State Orchestra, of which she has been a member for three years and was principal cellist this year. She also sings in a choir at school. Ms. Montgomery has attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for two years. She has played the cello for almost fifteen years and plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall, majoring in cello performance.


Robert Heckman Memorial Scholarship - Second Place ($500)

Jason Potts, trombone (student of Paul Compton), is a graduate music performance student at Oklahoma State University. His undergraduate work in music performance from 2013 to 2017 was at Ouachita Baptist University, where he studied with Justin Isenhour. Potts won the McBeth Concerto Competition two successive years and was leader of the jazz combo at Ouachita for a year. He has been a member of the Southeast Trombone Symposium Performer Group and was a finalist in the Trinity Presents Music Competition in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As a winner of the Oklahoma State University Concerto Competition, Potts performed the last two movements of the Bourgeois concerto with the OSU Orchestra.


Robert Heckman Memorial Scholarship - First Place ($2,000)

Noah Roper, bass trombone (student of Paul Compton), from Aledo, Texas, is finishing his second year at Oklahoma State University. He has performed with many ensembles, such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute Orchestra, both on fellowship status. He was a winner of the 2017 American Trombone Workshop Division I Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Roper plans to transfer to Indiana University to study with Denson Paul Pollard.

Laven Sowell Collegiate Vocal Scholarship - Second Place ($500)

Jesica Santino, soprano (student of Brady McElligott), a lyric soprano, is a junior vocal performance major at the University of Tulsa, where she has performed in Così fan Tutte, Street Scene, and “Thoroughly Modern” Martha. Ms. Santino is also in the Capella Chamber Singers and is president of the TU student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2017, she placed first in the Mary Bowles Memorial Scholarship Competition offered by Tulsa Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In May 2018, Ms. Santino will study music history and performance in Vienna, Austria, with IES Abroad.


Patti Johnson Wilson Collegiate Piano Scholarship - Second Place ($500)

Lydia Morie, piano (student of Roger Price), is a sophomore piano performance major at the University of Tulsa, where she plays piano and violin in the TU Orchestra. She works at Tulsa Ballet as a piano accompanist. This spring, Ms. Morie won the piano division of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Concerto Competition and was a winner of the TU President’s Concert Concerto-Aria Competition. She will use her Hyechka scholarship money to help her attend the Miami Music Festival this summer.


Patti Johnson Wilson Collegiate Piano Scholarship - First Place ($2,000)

Gabrielle Thng, piano (student of Jeongwon Ham), is a junior at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing a bachelor of musical arts degree with a premedical concentration and a minor in biology. In addition to solo repertoire, she plays piano with the OU Wind Symphony and the OU Symphony Band. She won second place in the 2018 Oklahoma City Ladies’ Music Club College Piano Competition. She is vice president of the OU Triathlon Club and enjoys competing throughout the state in multisport events. Ms. Thng plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Gabrielle was unavailable to perform the day of the performancebecause of academic requirements at the University of Oklahoma.


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