Riverside-Brookfield High School student Kristin Tomecek is the co-winner of the 2013 Wells Vocal Scholarship given by the Oak Park Handel Week Festival. The festival awarded a $500 scholarship to Tomecek, who is a member of the Madrigal Choir.
“This scholarship is a fantastic way both to express our gratitude to one of our organization’s founders and to recognize the talented young musicians in our community who are the future of classical music,” said Dr. Dennis Northway, artistic director of the 14-year-old Handel Week Festival.
The recipient of the Wells Choral Scholarship gets an insider’s perspective on the life of a professional musician, joining the critically acclaimed Handel Week ensemble for rehearsals and the performance of a single masterwork by George Frideric Handel during the Handel Week Festival at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St. Oak Park in March.
Kristin will participate in Handel Week Festival’s performance of the oratorio “Theodora” to be performed on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Kristin has studied voice with Erin Matonte for three years and has sung with school choirs since fourth grade, has participated in IMEA (Illinois Music Education Association) and in 2012, was the first place winner in her division in the Chicago Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Classical Competition.
She has participated in many school musicals including the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man. In addition to her singing experience, Kristin has played violin since first grade and has been a member of the West Suburban Youth Orchestra for six years. She also is a member of the RB tennis team and enjoys volunteering for a number of organizations including the Riverside Public Library, Chicago Food Depository and Misericordia.