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Welcome to Our Winter 2022 Newsletter

Scholarship Applications & Auditions
for 2022 Awards 

Applicants for Marin Music Chest Scholarships must be residents of Marin County for a minimum of two years prior to the audition and have studied for two years prior to audition. Please go to our website for applications and list of required pieces for auditions. 

       SENIORS                                                       JUNIORS
       Application deadline is February 26               Application deadline is February 12
       Auditions will be held on March 26                Auditions will be held on March 12

Auditions will be held at:
First Presbyterian Church 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960

COVID-19 GUIDELINES - Because the COVID situation is so fluid, watch for updates re: Marin County safety protocols. 
Alexandra Kiryakina, Harpist
Junior Scholarship Winner 2021, 2020, 2019
Alexandra Kiryakina is currently 13 years old, and has been one of our Junior Scholarship award winners for the past three years. Scholarships of $1,100 each are  awarded to junior musicians ages 10 – 13 years old.
“I live in Novato and am in the 7th grade at Novato Charter School. I play the harp and recently started playing guitar. I also play violin on a beginner level with my school orchestra. I started my music career as a pianist at the age of five and transitioned to harp at seven. I was attracted to harp as an instrument when I saw a family friend, Olga Rakitchenkov, San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s principal harpist, playing it in the orchestra pit of the San Francisco Opera House. Read more about Alexandra.
“There is music in the air, music all around us;
the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.”

~ Edward Elgar
“Individuals of Note”
In this issue we are featuring an interview with an important member of our musical community.  Please meet Michael Mello, one of our newest Board members.

Michael Mello is one of Marin’s hidden treasures, quiet and unassuming but stalwart, committed, and known to many for his tremendous keyboard skills, musicianship, and solid, reliable presence in the performance hall. He is an extraordinary accompanist, but is also a music coach and teacher, gently encouraging students to express themselves with musicality, no matter the instrument or the level. Having lived all his life in Marin County, he is an important part of our musical landscape, and one of our true musical heroes. Michael won Music Chest scholarships three times as a youth and has recently retired from teaching and joined the Music Chest Board of Directors.
Please read the full interview with Michael for interesting info about the man as well as some fascinating history about the county's music community connections.

Scholarship Winners Concert
2:00 pm Sunday - May 1, 2022
First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo
72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo CA 94960

Young Artists Concert
5:00 p.m. Sunday - May 15, 2022 
Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church
410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941
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