The Moore Concert Band board met virtually on April 26 to select the winners of the annual scholarships of $ 2,500 each. This year, there were unanimous votes for two outstanding winners. They were chosen on the basis of their participation and leadership in the group program of their respective schools during the four years of high school, their cumulative grade point average, their ranking, letters of recommendation and a written essay. of their goals for the future.
Emily Tortora, daughter of Michelle and Scott Tortora, of Whispering Pines, was accepted to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to major in instrumental music education. She will enter a five-year master’s degree program. She may decide to pursue her doctorate in music education or immediately begin her career as a high school conductor. Teaching at the college level is his end goal.
Tortora describes her decision to study instrumental music.
âThis year, I had the honor of being chief of the battery major,â she says. âThis experience and participating in the larger groups in the school has helped me achieve what I want to do with my life. I love the feeling of helping others understand and enjoy music.
Tortora began participating in the orchestral program in sixth grade, choosing flute first, but switched to saxophone soon after. She then began attending summer instrumental camps by attending the University of North Carolina Summer Music Camps in Greensboro in grades six, seventh and eighth. These camps were the start of the musical journey and the achievements that Tortora achieved
While attending Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University, she was both a member of the Wind Ensemble’s Second Chair and an Honorary Member of the Saxophone Quartet. In the Moore All-County Concert Band, she won the second chair in first year and the first chair in second year. Tortora won the 2nd Carolina Band Festival and Conducting Conference Chair at UNC-G, the 1st Honors Jazz Festival Chair at UNC-P, the 1st Tri-State Band Festival Chair at Florida State University and the first chair of the Southeastern Band of the entire district.
Among her many accomplishments, Tortora is also a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honors Society, representing the youth group on the nominating committee of the First Presbyterian Church in Carthage. She performed with the Moore County Brass at the Moore County Choral Society Christmas concert. She also plays in the Moore County Concert Band, under the direction of David Seiberling and the Sandhill Community College Jazz Band, under the direction of Rob Hill. Tortora has private saxophone lessons with David Newton.
Tortora says she looks forward to being a member of the Marching Virginians and performing in two ensembles each semester, a requirement of all music majors.
William Morgan, son of Kimberly and William Morgan, of Eagle Springs, will attend East Carolina University to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Morgan says mechanical engineering is a broad form of engineering that will allow him to choose multiple options when he enters the workforce.
âI believe mechanical engineers can create the future, rather than react to it, and that’s something that I think is very important,â he says. “Using the skills and traits that the group has allowed me to develop, I believe they can help me enter the workforce prepared to help solve problems and create a better future.”
Morgan joined the group in the sixth year, choosing to play the drums. He played in the All-County Band in seventh and eighth grades and won the first chair in grade eight. He was a member of the North Moore High School band, under the direction of Clay Perry, all four years and was named drumline captain for his junior and senior years.
In his essay, Morgan wrote: âGiven the opportunity to be our drumline captain, my junior and senior years have helped me develop my character and acquire the skills to be a leader. The positive attributes highlighted were: leadership, commitment and discipline.
Throughout his four years in high school, he attended music camps every summer and until the first semester of every school year. He said long music camps require discipline and commitment to deliver the best possible performance.
This summer he will be working again at the Growler Manufacturing and Engineering Company located in Star. The company focuses on the design and manufacture of new special purpose vehicles, many of which are used by the military. In the fall, Morgan plans to play in the East Carolina Marching Band.
The Moore County Concert Band typically awards three scholarships to an eligible senior at each of the Moore County high schools each year. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and virtual learning procedures, there were no seniors in the Pinecrest group this year.
The Moore County Concert Band, under the direction of David Seiberling, is a voluntary organization of musicians of all ages. Members perform for the joy the music brings to them and others. The group is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization supported by generous donations from its patrons.
The pandemic has forced the group to cancel the four typical free concerts of last year. However, the group can’t wait to play again after the restrictions are eased, a spokesperson said.