Three local high schoolers win in Murrieta Rotary Club music contest

Murrieta Rotary Club’s 2020 music contest winners includes third-place winner Faith Zoe Sardilla, a junior from Murrieta Mesa High School who plays flute; first-place winner Claire Howard, middle, a sophomore from Inspire Charter School who plays piano, and second-place winner Fiona Harley, a junior from Great Oak High School who plays piano. Valley News/Courtesy photo

MURRIETA – Three local-area high schoolers took top prizes in Murrieta Rotary’s annual music contest held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Salvation Army Community Center in Murrieta. Winners in the contest will move to district competitions in April. The contest had 10 contestants perform.

Claire Howard, a sophomore from Inspire Charter School, took first prize playing Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major by Franz Schubert on piano. Her music teacher is YiYi Ku. Howard received the first-place prize, $400. She will move onto the district competition.

Second place went to Fiona Harley, a Great Oak High School junior, who played Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat Major by Franz Liszt.  Her music teacher is YiYi Ku. Harley received $250 for her second-place win.

Faith Zoe Sardilla, a junior at Murrieta Mesa, played the flute and took third place with “La Flute de Pan” by Jules Mouquet. Her music teacher is Kate Prestia-Schaub. Sardilla received $100.

“We had an amazing group of 10 students competing, and the results were very close,” Kelly Orchard, who chaired the music contest, said. “We are very thankful for the work the judges put into this, and we are confident that those moving into the advanced contests will do very well.”

Judges for the Murrieta Rotary contest were Jason Brawner, a platinum record producer; John Brown of the Murrieta Rotary Club; Vivien Gaines, singer and vocal coach, and Savannah Leighton, award-winning singer and songwriter.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered April 28, 1992. It is involved in many community and international activities and programs, in cooperation with Rotary International. Club meetings are held Mondays, excepting holidays, at noon at Richie’s Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, in Murrieta.

Submitted by Rotary Club of Murrieta.