The Highland Glee Club’s Scholarship Committee has selected Newton South High School senior violinist Mitsuru Yonezaki as its 2016 Imrie/Williams Scholarship winner. As the group’s scholarship winner, Yonezaki will perform at the group’s Spring Concert at the War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m.
The Highland Glee Club first awarded a music scholarship to a local high school student in 1960. This year, thanks to a generous bequest from the Edward Williams Trust and a successful Singing Valentines fundraiser, the group increased the scholarship award from $1,500 to $2,500. The competition for the award was intense; eleven high school seniors auditioned, a nearly three-fold increase over last year.
“Mitsuru really distinguished herself as talented young woman with a bright future ahead of herself at her audition,” said Highland Glee Club President Ron Jantzen, who added that the talent level in the overall field was outstanding. “We couldn’t be more excited to have a young musician of her caliber join us for our Spring Concert, especially given that we are performing right in her hometown of Newton.”
Yonezaki has had solo performances in the U.S., Japan and Italy, and toured Costa Rica (2009), the Czech Republic (2011 and 2015), Slovakia (2011), Austria (2011), Netherlands (2013), Germany (2015), and Switzerland (2015). She currently attends the Perlman Music Program, and plans to go to a conservatory to further her studies in music.
In addition to Yonezaki’s performance, the Highland Glee Club will present a selection of music by Aaron Copeland, Gustav Holst, Johann Sebastian Bach and several other composers for its 2016 Spring Concert. Tickets are $20, or $15 each for veterans and advance group sales of 10 or more, and are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/highland-glee-club-spring-concert-tickets-24230084836 or at the door.