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Music Department Senior Recognition & Awards for 2020

Posted on: May 08, 2020

Traditionally, at end of year concerts the music faculty recognizes seniors for their contributions to the music department. The faculty are disappointed these concerts were not able to occur so they could have recognized these students in front of their parents and peers. We are extremely proud these seniors and appreciate everything they have accomplished during their years at Holland Hall.

Band

Jonathan Atkinson has played trumpet in the Upper School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble for four years.

Caleb Baird has played percussion in the Upper School Concert Band, Drumline, and Percussion Ensemble for one year.

Alex Booker has played alto sax in the Upper School Concert Band for four years and tenor sax in the Jazz Ensemble for four years.

David Hernandez-Perez has played alto sax in the Upper School Concert Band for four years.

Alex Kasiske has played trumpet in the Upper School Concert Band for three years and low brass in the Jazz Ensemble for one year.

Sheridan Miller-Kardos has played percussion in the Upper School Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble for four years, snare drum on the Drumline for four years, and drum set/vibraphone in the Jazz Ensemble for four years. Sheridan has also been the Drumline Captain for the past three years.

Jordan Wheeler has played percussion in the Upper School Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble for four years, snare drum on the Drumline for four years, and drum set in the Jazz Ensemble for four years.

Choir

Ann Arnold has been in Concert Choir for all four years of Upper School. She was also in The Addams Family musical.

Jonathan Atkinson has been a member of Concert Choir, Singers and Holland Harmony for one year.

Daniel Bowers has been in Concert Choir and Singers for all four years of Upper School. He was in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Addams Family musical. He was a member of Show Choir for three years and a member of Holland Harmony for one year.

Brock Davis has been a member of Concert Choir for all four years of Upper School and Singers for three years.

Elle Elmburg has been a member of Concert Choir for all four years of Upper School.

Deja Harris has been a member of Concert Choir and Holland Harmony for one year.

Brian Head has been a member of Concert Choir and Singers for three years.

Brooklyn Pfannenstiel has been a member of Concert Choir all four years of Upper School and a member of Singers for one year.

Ryan Rule has been a member of Concert Choir and Singers for three years. He has also been a member of Holland Harmony for one year.

Jayden Sexton has been a member of Concert Choir for three years and a member of Singers for two years. She was in The Addams Family musical and was a member of Show Choir for three years.

String Orchestra

Luka Abufadil* has played cello for seven years in String Orchestra and is the current section leader.

Marta Almozavaite has played violin for six years in String Orchestra.

Jaxon Castillo*+ has played viola for seven years in String Orchestra, is the current section leader and a 4 year member of the solo & ensemble class.

Logan Littlefield has played violin for seven years in String Orchestra.

Jacob O’Hara* has played bass for seven years in String Orchestra and is the current section leader.

Regina Scott*+# has played violin for seven years in String Orchestra, is the current section leader and a two year member and four year performer of the solo & ensemble class.

* denotes section leader
+ member or Tulsa Youth Symphony
# 3 year member of All-State

Awards of Special Distinction

John Philip Sousa Award
The John Philip Sousa Award is a national award given across the United States to exceptional students in their band programs. This award recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. For the past four years in the Upper School Band, this year’s recipient has exemplified all of these qualities. From being the only member of his section at times, to going out of his way to help younger musicians in the group learn their music, this student has gone above and beyond the expectations set before him. As a four year member of both the concert band and jazz ensemble, this student has become a fantastic trumpet player and overall musician. For his exceptional work over the past four years in the Upper School Band program the John Philip Sousa Award is presented to Jonathan Atkinson.

Bill Brown Jazz Award
The Bill Brown Jazz Award, presented in honor of long time Holland Hall Band Director, Bill Brown, goes to a student who has, over the past four years, shown tremendous talent and growth as a musician in all areas but specifically in the area of jazz playing. If you have ever made it out to a Jazz in the Box performance I am sure you have heard him soloing on countless tunes. His level of confidence and love of music shines bright, causing him to stand out as a leader in the band, and no matter if he is playing tenor or alto sax he makes great music. A true Jazz Cat through and through. The Bill Brown Jazz Award is presented to Alex Booker.

Most Valuable Band Musician
This year, the Most Valuable Musician Award is going to a student who has shown a strong dedication to the Holland Hall Band in all areas and facets of the program. To say that this student is involved in band at Holland Hall is an understatement. From playing percussion in the Concert Band and the Jazz ensemble, to leading our percussion ensembles and, not to mention, being our drumline captain for three years, this talented, dedicated, leader has contributed to the growth of the program as a whole. Although her time in the band here at Holland Hall is coming to a close, her work will have a lasting impact for years to come. The Most Valuable Band Musician is presented to Sheridan Miller-Kardos.

The David Rollo Outstanding Choir Student Award
The David Rollo Outstanding Choir Student Award, presented in honor of long time Choir Director, David Rollo, goes to a student who solidified himself as a talented musician in the vocal music program. He has been a member of Concert Choir and Singers for four years, one of those years spent studying abroad. He was a member of Holland Harmony for one year, and his leadership has been invaluable. Aside from his outstanding musicianship, he has demonstrated kindness, encouragement and inclusivity within the classroom. For dedication to excellence in performance, The David Rollo Outstanding Choir Student Award is presented to Ryan Rule.

The David Bishop Moffett Vocal Music Award
The David Bishop Moffett Vocal Music Award is presented in memory of
David Moffett ’10. David was a gifted musician who was talented as both a vocalist and a pianist. David was a member of the Concert Choir, Singers and Show Choir, and he also played the leading role of Billy Crocker in the 2010 Spring Musical Anything Goes. David passed away in June of 2017 and his family – father Denny, mother Mary, and his sister Jenny – also a Holland Hall Alum, created an endowment in David’s honor to fund an award to be presented each year to a graduating senior. A senior who embodies David’s love of music and performance. This award is given by David’s family ensuring his legacy plays an encouraging role in recognizing talent and helping other young musicians reach their goals. The recipient of this award will have their name placed on a perpetual plaque on display at the school and will also receive a cash award of $2,000 to be used to help further their studies in performance.

This year’s recipient is a student who has excelled both as a musician and a leader. You have seen this musician in Concert Choir, Singers, Show Choir, and Holland Harmony. As an actor this individual has been featured in the memorable and hilarious role of William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and lovable Lucas Beineke in The Addams Family musical. He has been an outstanding leader in the music program throughout his tenure at Holland Hall, and he has been a visible and authentic leader throughout our community. The recipient of The David Bishop Moffett Vocal Music Award is Daniel Bowers.

Music Book Award Winner 
The Music Book Award is given each year to a student who has exemplified superior musicianship and dedication to the music program at Holland Hall. This student has been an active member and leader in our music ensembles and is an artist and a person with a great deal of leadership and success musically. She has performed for all-school assemblies, grandparent’s day performances as well as for the Junior Kindergarten class in their learning of early American music. She represented our school in the Tulsa community by being a member of the Tulsa Youth Symphony for the past four years and is the current concertmaster. She is a three time National Oldtime Fiddle Grand Champion and is one of the few musicians in the state of Oklahoma that has earned the high honor of being a three year participant in the All State Orchestra. She has given of her time to work with the Harmony Project and the Tulsa Honors orchestra in a service role. Her performance ability and drive have won her spots in performing orchestras in Austria, Argentina, Ireland and Australia. The music faculty is proud to present the 2020 Music Book Award to Regina Scott.