The talented first-place scholarship winners of the Birmingham Music Club (BMC) Guild’s 2016 competition gave virtuoso performances for the Guild’s annual spring luncheon-meeting at Mountain Brook Club. The April 8 event drew an enthusiastic group of Guild members and guests in the club’s sunroom. The décor was impressive with palms, ferns and a variety of plants massed against the walls of the room. Moss swags embellished with miniature white lights hung overhead. Luncheon tables were centered with square glass containers filled with moss and holding colorful spring plants.
Ellen Tucker and Susan Boston chaired the luncheon. Mountain Brook Club hosts were Beth and Scott Adams. Guild President Marsha Drennen welcomed attendees, and Angie Holder gave the invocation. Incoming Guild President Linda Griggs presided at a brief business meeting.
Scholarship Chairman, Elaine Clark, introduced the three first-place competition winners, who then performed. Violinist Lindsey South gave a breathtaking rendition of “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. A University of Alabama student, she was accompanied on the piano by Lauren Williams and holds the Stuart Mims Instrumental Scholarship.
Soprano Rachel Pickering, a University of Montevallo student, gave a superb performance of Charles Gounod’s “Ah! Jeveux Vivre from Romeo and Juliette.” Accompanied by Dr. Lynn Faulkner, Pickering holds the Penelope Cunningham Voice Scholarship.
Pianist Lauren Ashley Williams holds the Mildred Volentine Green Piano Scholarship and won the competition’s Walter Sechriest Best Performance Award. A University of Alabama student, she gave a brilliant performance of Frederick Chopin’s “Scherzo No.2, B-flat minor, Opus 31.”
Second-place scholarship winners were Miles Jenkins, voice, a University of Montevallo student who holds the Dr. Oscar and Ellen Dahlene Scholarship, and University of Alabama students David Mach, piano; Madeline Cawley, flute; and Juneho Joshua Kim, cello.
Among guests attending the event were BMC Board President Wyatt Haskell, Susan Haskell, and BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages. Others on the scene were Liz Alosi, Beth Adams, Charlann Anderson, Dot Anderson, Judy Anderson, Roberta Atkinson, Diane Beck, Sally Bergquist, Susan Boston, Jeanne Bradford, Anne Carey, Cheree Carlton, Cheryl Caselbere, Elaine Clark, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Linda Cooper, Audrey Cornutt, Lesley DeRamus, Martha Ann Doyal, Marsha Drennen, Jane Ellis, Marjorie Forney, Diane Gay, Janine Goode, Pat Grant, Linda Griggs, and Virginia Guthrie.
Also attending were Tallulah Hargrove, Angie Holder, Elaine Hornberger, Margarette Hoomis, Mary Jensen, Becky Keyes, Juanita Kirby, Martha Lamberth, Terry McBride, Virginia McDorman, Martha McSwain, Amy Miller, Betty Miller, Malcolm Miller, Sandy Miller, Susan Miller, Nancy Morow, Lu Moss, Frances Owens, Powell Owens, Margaret Patrick, Kathie Ramsey, Carolyn Reich, Betsy Rietz, Catherine Rogers, Phyllis Russell, Mary-Noel Sellers, Ellen Tucker, Heather Waldron, Elise Warren, Sue Watkins, Kathryn Waters, Cynthia Watt, Clacy Wheeler, Patty Warren, and Janis Zeanah.