After more than 35 years of teaching piano lessons to Rockford-area residents, Marjorie Wiltse will enjoy a well-deserved retirement beginning this June. Over the course of her career, she challenged and inspired her 200+ students and instilled in each of them a lifelong love of music. Many of her current and former students, as well as her family, will proudly attend her final studio recital on Saturday, May 30 at Our Lady of Consolation church in Rockford. We give a big congratulations and thank-you to Mrs. Wiltse for giving so much of herself to so many over the years!
May 21 2009
Success is no stranger to Rockford High School senior George Goad, as indicated by his recent full-scholarship acceptance into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. George is first chair trumpet in Rockford High School’s wind ensemble as well as first chair trumpet in the MSBOA All-State Orchestra. In addition to his musical talents, George carries a 4.1 GPA and is a four-year varsity athlete. The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 162 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive “learn by doing” approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, and Lang Lang.
Great things come in little packages Allison Stephens, age 18, is the daughter of Maureen and Robert Stephens and sister to Kelly Stephens, Michael and Colleen Hastings, and Timothy and Molly Matusak. Allison was chosen as Rockford High School’s Example in Excellence for qualities of introspection, honesty, compassion, and open-mindedness. She exhibits these qualities in her many extracurricular activities such as coordinating blood drives, coaching for Special Olympics, working on the Rockford Relay For Life as a team captain, as well as volunteering for Elves and More and Migrant Head Start. In school, Allison is the president of Youth Initiative, a Student Council officer, a National Honor Society member, and a student guide. Staff at school describe Allison as “always positive and upbeat. Allison is willing to make sacrifices for others and is committed to fulfilling her potential.” Allison’s motivation comes from having a sincere desire to better the people in her life, her school, and her community, and this makes her an Example in Excellence. Her family, friends, faith and education are all important to this generous student. Rockford High School staff is proud to recognize Allison as an Example in Excellence.
FAREWELL TO FRIENDS-Just a few weeks before the visiting exchange students will be leaving their Rockford homes, they enjoyed a lunch together at Arnie’s Bakery in downtown Rockford. Pictured (in no order) are Adriana Melo (Brazil), Guillermo Duran-Menendez (Spain), Andres Dominguez (Mexico), Alex Lindberg (Sweden), Doina Bejenaru (Moldovia), Lena Kleinoeder (Germany), Mariel Avendano-Garcia (Mexico), Markus Torgersen (Norway), Mayra Arruda (Brazil), Nanna Nielsen (Denmark), Nina Mitsch (Germany) and Yamile Esquive-Torruco (Mexico).
The Regional Arts Guild in Sparta welcomes your participation in Art in the Park during the new Harvest on the Ridge Festival. For the first year kick-off, highly reduced booth rates and no jury fee are offered. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rogers Park on Saturday, September 26. To find out more, contact Toni Payne at Creative One Gallery at (616) 887-2190.