Foundation recognizes excellence in musicians

Richard W. Bowles was honored as Musician of the Year


Betsy Schnell Youth Awards are, shown from left, Alan Clark, piano, middle school runner-up; Cindy Tsai, piano, high school winner; and Christine Shen, violin, middle school winner.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:53 p.m.
The Foundation for the Promotion of Music held its annual meeting and rewards recital recently in the Spanish Court of the Thomas Center.
The afternoon event began with presentation of the Musician of the Year Award for 2003. The recipient of the award, Richard W. Bowles, was honored for his many years of contributions to music in our community as performer, composer, teacher and mentor. Bowles was Director of Bands at the University of Florida 1960-73, and continued as professor of music there until his retirement in 1983.
Immediately following the Musician of the Year presentation, winners of the Dorothy Reaves String Award and Betsy Schnell Youth Awards presented a recital of works by Bruch, Sarasate, Beethoven, Bach, Wieniawski, Rachmaninoff and Debussy.
Reaves award winner was violinist Lauren Pollock, a senior at Buchholz High School. Lauren is the daughter of Rhonda Pollock and the late Michael Pollock.
Schnell Award high school level winner was pianist Cindy Tsai, a senior in the IB program at Eastside High School. Cindy is the daughter of Ying Tang Tsai and Mei Tsai.
Schnell Award middle school level winner was violinist Christine Shen, an eighth-grader in the Lyceum program at Lincoln Middle School. Christine is the daughter of Li-Chien Shen and Kwai-Lee Chui.
Schnell Award middle school runner-up was pianist Alan Clark, a sixth-grader in the Lyceum program at Lincoln Middle School. Alan is the son of Ken and Shirley Clark.

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