The Gena Branscombe Project has announced their 2022 scholarship winners. We congratulate these talented musicians and wish them all the best as they move forward with their careers.
The Gena Branscombe Project has awarded its 2022 Composer scholarship to Alexandra Bellhaven.
In addition to being a composer, Alexandra is a musical theater writer, pianist, and conductor with a passion for the art of telling stories. She is a current student at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studies Film Scoring and Composition with minors in Musical Theater writing and conducting.
Alexandra’s niche is telling the hidden stories that affect a large population of people; the stories of the silent majority. Whether that is the stories of addiction, or the transformation of love in all forms, Ally seeks out art that generates the feeling of community in a unique way. When not storytelling, you can find Ally training for the Chicago 2022 marathon,
Congratulations to Jacquelyn Johnson, winner of The Gena Branscombe Project 2022 scholarship in Arts Administration.
Jackie’s love of music began when she her father encouraged her to auditioned for the Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir). She performed with the choir throughout the city, Orchestra Hall and at Nelson Mandela’s home in South Africa. She is an alum of the group, later joining the organization as Program Assistant, Program Associate, Program Manager and became Director of Citywide Programs.
Presently Jackie is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies; Multi Cultural Arts Administration at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, University Without Walls. One of her goals in pursuing this specific degree is her ability to bring academic expertise and experience to her work at Chicago Children’s Choir.
Valery has served as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, held positions as cover conductor for the Oregon and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She received her Master of Music degree under the mentorship of Marin Alsop at the Peabody Conservatory.
Her upcoming 2022-2023 engagements include cover conducting for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Valery won 2nd place at the Denver Philharmonic International Conducting Competition and was selected to participate in the Domaine-Forget Conducting Academy with Yannick Nézet- Séguin and Branwell Toveye.
Known for her inclusivity in programming she formed concerts that celebrated the Hispanic culture of her community and advocated the new music of living composers that must be heard in our concert halls.
The Gena Branscombe Project will begin accepting applications for the 2023 scholarships on March 8, 2023!