The Bristol Music Club holds its annual Scholarship Benefit at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. “A Symphony of Fashions” features a fashion show of clothes from The Galleria and The Bristol Bridal Station (YWCA) and a musical program by scholarship winners Natalie Lugo, cello; Thomas O’Neill, tenor; and Seth Boyd, clarinet. The program raises funds for the Music Scholarships offered by the club each May. In May of 2016, over $6,000 was presented to 14 students.
Natalie Lugo was the honorable mention winner of Division II of the 2016 Bristol Music Club Scholarship Auditions. She studies cello with Wesley Baldwin and violin with Miroslav Hristov. She is an 11th grade homeschooled student and the daughter of Ralph and Dawn Lugo. Her first nine years of violin study were with Tim Barrett. She is a five-time winner of Bristol Music Club Scholarship auditions on both instruments, including several 1st place awards. She sings with the Highlands Youth Ensemble, and is the cellist of the string quartet Tensegrity, which includes her three brothers. Tensegrity won the 2016 Enkor International Chamber Music Competition.
Thomas O’Neill was the first place winner of Division II of the 2016 Bristol Music Club Scholarship Auditions. In addition, he was selected by the judges to receive the Paramount Chamber Players award and he will perform with the Players in April 2017. Thomas is a two-time winner of Bristol Music Club Scholarship auditions. He is a voice student of Rachel Helton, an 11th grade student at Patrick Henry High School, and is the son of Doc and Jennifer O’Neill. He was a regional NATS winner, semi-finalist, and outstanding male singer. He has attended the six-week program at Brevard Music Center, and participates in his high school chamber choir and band.
Seth Boyd was the second place winner of Division II of the 2016 Bristol Music Club Scholarship Auditions. Seth is a two-time winner of Bristol Music Club Scholarship auditions. He is a clarinet student of Tom Crawford and a senior at Eastside High School in Coeburn, Virginia. He is the son of Lee and Lisa Fields and Randy Boyd. He is a member of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra, was first chair of the All-County and All-District Symphonic Band, first chair of the ETSU Honor Band, and is a member of the Eastside High School Marching and Concert Bands and the Winds of the Mountain Empire.
The afternoon ends with a reception in the Paramount’s lobby featuring finger foods prepared by The Bristol Music Club members, with music presented by a string trio of scholarship winners under the leadership of Bethany Dawson. Tickets are $20 if purchased from a club member, $25.25 if purchased through the Paramount box office or at the door.