TEMECULA – The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club has named the winners of its 14th Annual Music Competition held on Feb. 12 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula. There were three categories of musical presentations: vocal, piano, and other instrumental, and nine high school students from the Temecula Valley area competed for cash prizes.
The first, second and third place winners were pianists, with vocalists coming in fourth and fifth. The first place prize of $400 went to Anthony Agbay, a sophomore at Temecula’s Great Oak High School, who performed “Rigoletto de Verdi” paraphrased de Concert by Franz Liszt. Anthony studies under Cecelia Unpingco.
The second place prize of $250 was presented to Devin Crookshank, a home-schooled junior, who performed “Scherzo” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Fig Leaf,” a rag by Scott Joplin. Devin studies under Martha Ojeda. Third price of $100 went to Jennifer Koong, a sophomore at Temecula Valley High School, who performed Rhapsody Op. 7912 by Johannes Brahms. Jennifer also studies under Cecelia Unpingco.
The first vocalist chosen to go to the finals was Christopher Vecchione, an Elsinore High School senior, who sang “What Do I Need with Love” from Thoroughly Modern Millie by Tesori and Scanlan; and “Bring Him Home” from Les Mis