WINCHESTER — Azariah Boyd, a senior at Millbrook High School, won the state vocal division of the James A. Bland Music Memorial Scholarship contest with her rendition of “A Serpina Penserate” by Giovanni Pergolesi. She was sponsored by the Winchester Lions Club.
The contest was held May 17 at the Marriott in Chesapeake.
Soprano Madeleine LeBeau, sponsored by the Reston Lions Club, was second with her rendition: “Il Bacio,” by Luigi Arditi. Placing third was soprano Emma Potts, sponsored by the Varina Lions Club. Her rendition was “Aria: Der Holle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen (Queen of the Night)” by W. A. Mozart.
First-place winner of the instrumental division was Kearston Gonzales, playing Concerto in G Minor, Op. 64, No. 26, 1st Movement by Max Bruch. She was sponsored by the Poquoson Lions Club. Second was Romain-Oliver Gray on the cello. His rendition was “Concerto in B minor, Opus 104 For Cello and Piano” by Antonin Dvorak. He was sponsored by the Montclair Lions Club.
Third place in the instrumental division was Stewart Werner III on the banjo representing Franklin County Lions. His father, Stewart Werner, Jr., accompanied him on the bass fiddle. Their rendition was “Medley of the Five String Banjo” by Scott Vestel and Earl Scruggs. His rendition was a hit with the audience as James A. Bland was an expert banjo player and is credited with putting the fifth string on the banjo.
The James A. Bland Music Memorial Scholarship contests are sponsored by the Lions of Virginia as a tribute to the composer of “Carry Me Back To Old Virginia,” the official State Song Emeritus of Virginia. Vocal and instrumental students who have not graduated from high school are encouraged to participate. Contests begin at the club level. Winners then compete at the district level. There are six districts and these winners compete at the state level at the Lions of Virginia annual conference. Contact the local Lions Club for information on the Bland Contests scheduling.