A Southern California native, Kate Rubke-Foxworth is a pianist, soprano, and conductor. She joins us for this concert as a soprano. She spent the summer of 2003 singing under Grammy Award winning conductor Helmut Riling in Stuttgart, Germany and at the Berlin Philharmonic. She also spent a summer studying with the AIMS program in Graz, Austria and singing the role of Konstanze in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail.
A teacher at the University of Redlands - Redlands, California as well as in her own Rubke-Foxworth Music Studios, she has been an adjudicator and judge for the National Association of Teachers' of Singing, Los Angeles. She is also currently the Vice President of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Riverside Branch.
YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION WINNERS
Each year outstanding young musicians are invited to audition for the George & Patricia Martin Young Artist Award. Following are the 2013 winners of this award who will be featured soloists with the Paradise Symphony Orchestra at our May concert. If you would like to audition for this competition next season, click on the "Join Us" menu option and download the Young Artist application.
Collegiate Division winner - Elizabeth Nice, Soprano
Elizabeth is a returning student at California State University, Chico working on her BA in music. She plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Sacred Music. She is the music director at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico. Elizabeth has studied voice for over 10 years, working with Gwen Curatilo, Dr. Ying Yeh and currently Daun Weiss, among others. She is a Chico native and pleased to be raising her two beautiful daughters, Cecilia, 3 years and Natalia, 16 months in Northern California.
High School Division winner - Amy Culbreath, Violin
Amy, age 17, lives in Chico and is the second of six musical siblings. She began studying piano at the age of four, and began studying classical violin with Pamela Kather at the age of ten. Amy currently studies violin with David Mallory. On both the violin and viola, she has participated and soloed in the MTAC All-City Youth Orchestra since its beginning in 2008 and performed both solo and chamber repertoire in numerous recitals and concerts. Amy also enjoys playing American old-time and Irish folk music, as well as teaching fiddle to students in the Chico area and has over twenty fiddle contest awards, including first place championships. Amy is a high-school senior with Mother of Divine Grace School, and will be attending Thomas Aquinas College in the Fall.
Junior Division winner - Diego Bustamante, Piano
Diego is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at The Progressive Schoolhouse. He has played piano for over seven years, starting in the Musikgarten progam directed by Jill Lundberg. He currently studies under the direction of Dr. Robert Bowman. Recently he has joined the Strings in Schools program to learn the violin.
Honorable Mention - Dustin Breshears, Jr., Violin
Dustin is 6 years old and a Kindergartner at Rosedale Elementary School in Chico. He has studied violin for two years under David Mallory, and has graduated from Suzuki books 1 - 4. Dustin enjoys playing duets and trios with his two little sisters who play violin and cello, while his baby brother watches.