Students from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music took top prizes in the 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Graduate student Molly Clementz (soprano) won first prize in the vocal division, earning a $5,000 scholarship, and sophomore Catherine Marshall (flute) won first prize in the instrumental division, also winning a $5,000 scholarship. Senior vocal performance major, Juliet Powar (soprano), placed third in the vocal division, earning a $2,500 scholarship, and flutist Rachel Ricard (junior), was named a finalist in the competition, winning $500. Vocalists Molly Clementz and Juliet Powar are students of Dr. Linda Di Fiore, Area Head of the Voice Program at UCSB, and flutists Catherine Marshall and Rachel Ricard are students of Jill Felber, Professor of Flute and Chair of the Department of Music at UCSB.
The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) was formed in 1982 by the late Mrs. Lincoln Dellar to provide aid to deserving vocal and instrumental students with professional potential who live and/or study in the Santa Barbara area.
Born in Charles, Illinois, Molly Clementz is a mezzo-soprano who studies with Dr. Linda Di Fiore in the MM/DMA program at University of California, Santa Barbara. This year Ms. Clementz was thrilled to participate in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Don Giovanni, and in the Amalfi Cost Music Festival’s summer production in Naples, Die Zauberflote. For her first performance with Opera Santa Barbara, she sang the role of the Page in Rigoletto in the fall of 2015. Last year, in the West Coast Premier of Joel Feigin’s Twelfth Night, she performed the lead role of Viola. Studying abroad in Austria, Ms. Clementz was a finalist in the American Institute of Musical Studies’ Meistersinger Competition in Graz. In 2013, she performed as the title role in Cendrillon at the University of North Texas. She received an undergraduate degree in Music and English from Luther College, where she performed as Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld. Ms. Clementz has been singing classically since her first opera role at 15 years old, as Amahl from Amahl and the Night Visitors.