Rotary’s Deborah Beene Music Award Winners 2016

The Rotary – Deborah Beene Music Award Competition winners. from left, Theodore Warner, Irene Kwon, Jamie Philp, Grace Kim and Brian Johnson. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. 

The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in December 1973. 

The award is intended to assist 9th-12th grade Los Alamos High School students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money – a single award of up to $1,500 – for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction. As in this year, multiple awards are often given.

This year’s winners are:

  • First place, $1200, violinist Jamie Philps, performing Concerto in C Major, allegro molto e con brio by Kabalevsky; piano accompaniment, Cindy Little; teacher, Kay Newnam
  • Second place, $600, violinist Grace Kim, performing Romance in F Major by Beethoven; piano accompaniment, Katherine Wang; teacher, Kay Newnam

–Third-Place Tie:

  • $300, Brian Johnson, CDJ2000s synthesizer, original compositions; teacher Rami Pearlman
  • $300, cellist Irene Kwon, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3 by Bach; teacher, Sally Guenther
  • $300, clarinetist Theodore Warner, Concerto for Clarinet, allegro by Mozart; piano accompaniment, Julian Chen; teacher, Aaron Lewis

The awards committee included committee chair and vocalist Ed Van Eeckhout and violinist Brian Newnam (both Rotarians), as well as music instructor Candice Magner and pianist Cindy Little, the very first first-place winner of the Deborah Beene competition.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos sincerely thanks this year’s nine competitors and their families for their support of music and stellar student performances.