Temecula Sunrise Rotary names music competition winners

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The Temecula Sunrise Rotary announces the winners of their annual music competition. In first place is clarinetist Joshua Julian Schaefer, middle, of Vista Murrieta High School with second place winner and pianist Brianna Chang and third-place winner and violinist Arissa Jeong, both of Great Oak High School. Vocalist Robyn Morales of Murrieta Valley High School and pianist Francis Saspa of Temecula Preparatory School are also chosen to move on to the district competition. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club has named the winners of its 21st annual music competition held Feb. 11, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula. There were three categories of musical presentations: “vocal,” “piano” and “other instrumental,” and 12 high school students from the Temecula Valley area competed for cash prizes.

In first place was clarinetist Joshua Julian Schaefer, a freshman at Vista Murrieta High School. Schaefer, who won $400, played “Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano” by Robert Muczynski.

In second place was pianist Brianna Chang, who was awarded $250. Chang is a senior at Great Oak High School in Temecula, and she played Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 (First Movement) – Pathetique by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

The third-place winner was violinist Arissa Jeong, a sophomore at Great Oak High School. She played “Salut d’amour” by Edward Elgar and “Perpetuum Mobile” by Ottokar Nováček.

In addition to the three cash prize winners, the judges chose two more to go on to the finals. Vocalist Robyn Morales, who is a junior at Murrieta Valley High School, sang “Ach, ich fühl’s” from the opera “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and “What Baking Can Do” from “Waitress the Musical” by Sara Bareilles. Pianist Francis Saspa, a senior at Temecula Preparatory School, played “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt.

Both Robyn and Francis were given high marks by the judges and will participate on an equal basis at the finals to be held at the University of Redlands, where the top prize in each category is $1,000. Second-place winners will receive $500, and third prize will be $250. The first-place winners in the Rotary District 5330 finals will be invited to show off their talents at the June Rotary District Conference at the Soboba Resort.

Adjudicators this year were Dave Bradley, Rhonda Parish and Michelle Risling, who are performing and teaching musicians.

Out of the more than 60 Rotary clubs in District 5330, encompassing all of Riverside County and much of San Bernardino County, about one-third are participating in this year’s competition. In addition to

Temecula Sunrise, the Rotary clubs of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee and Lake Elsinore are also having their competitions during February and March.

Rotary International is a worldwide humanitarian service organization with 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and territories. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, members of Rotary are business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary International is celebrating its 115th birthday Feb. 23, and is the oldest service organization in the world. For information about membership in Rotary, call (951) 698-6116.

Submitted by Temecula Sunrise Rotary.