Past Features

March 9, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 4)

Eighth Annual Jerome G. Sala Scholarship Competition March 27 and 28

Flute on Music Sheet
The Department of Music will host its Eighth Annual Jerome G. Gala Scholarship Competition on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, from 12 to 4 p.m. in Room 306 of the Music Building. Contestants must be high school seniors and be able to play a wind band or mallet percussion instrument.

To qualify, entrants must reside in the lower Hudson Valley region, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and northern New Jersey. Candidates are required to perform a solo suitable for wind band, such as Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto or Chaminade Concertino for Flute. It is strongly recommended that participants bring an accompanist or accompaniment audio CD. Contestants will be judged both on technical skill and artistic presentation.

The winner of the first prize will receive a $500 scholarship and perform his or her piece with the Lehman College Community Band in concert on Sunday, May 17. The runner-up will have the opportunity to perform with the band at a later date, schedule permitting.

Previous winners include Evan Ocheret and Sainatee Suarez of Edgemont H.S., Benjamin Rutkowski of Bronx H.S. of Science, Emily Redmersky of Blind Brook H.S., Noah Tucker of New Rochelle H.S., and Omar Calixto of the Celia Cruz Bronx H.S. of Music.

The competition is named after the late Jerome Sala, a member of the music faculty at Lehman College. For twent years, he taught music history and instrumental methods at the College and directed the Lehman College Community Band.

For more information about the competition, contact the Music Department at 718-960-8247 or