Rotary Club Concert to Feature Beene Memorial Music Competition Winners June 17 at Fuller Lodge


Monica Poston (First Prize 2012)

Fuller Lodge will resonate with music on June 17 when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.

These popular annual concerts showcase the superb musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.

Dalton Smith (Second Prize 2012)

The June 17 concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music Competition and nine winners of previous Beene Music Competitions of the last seven years.

The 2012 award winners are soprano Monica Poston (first prize), cellist Dalton Smith (second prize), and pianist Kevin Gao (third prize.)

Kevin Gao (Third Prize 2012)

Among the nine winners of previous competitions who will be heard are violinist Jin Park, trombonist Eli Berg, pianist David Li, clarinetist Shannon Burns, soprano Susan Hargreaves, violinist Renée Hemsing, trombonist Bryant Letellier, pianist Nathan Salazar and pianist Cindy Little, winner of the 1979 competition.

The annual Beene Music Competitions are open to all qualified high school student musicians in Los Alamos County.

Award winners are selected on the basis of their performances at public competitions in May.

As a memorial for their daughter Deborah, Don and Sara Beene (well-known Los Alamos music teachers) established the competitive awards to encourage and recognize excellence by young Los Alamos musicians.

Deborah, a budding musical talent, died suddenly in 1973 while in her early teens.

Now, after nearly 40 years, this annual musical competition has become one of New Mexico’s longest-running musical events.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank, community members and the Beene family endowment contribute to the cash awards presented to winners of these competitions.

This year a total of $1,900 was awarded to the three winners to support their future musical studies.

For more information about the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions, contact Ed Van Eeckhout at 662-5445 or Brian Newnam at 662-9679.

See also the Rotary Club of Los Alamos website at

Jin Park (First Prize 2011)

Eli Berg (Second Prize 2011)

David Li (First Prize 2010)

Shannon Burns (Second Prize 2010)

Susan Hargreaves (Second Prize 2008 )

Renée Hemsing (First Prize 2007)

Bryant Letellier (Third Prize 2007)

Nathan Salazar (First Prize 2005)

Cindy Little (First Prize 1979)

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