Jenaesha Iwaasa, pictured above, performs at the WVC Music and Art Center grand opening in Sept. 2012.
Jenaesha Iwaasa, a cellist, and Katrina Whitman, a violist, met while taking lessons at Icicle Creek. Over the years, they have performed together in the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony and Summer Symphony, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and string and chamber camps at Central Washington University. The two friends came to WVC as Running Start students and graduated with their high school diplomas and WVC transfer degrees in June. Both received substantial scholarships to continue their music education at four-year schools this fall.
Jenaesha has been accepted to the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and Whitman has been accepted to Westmont in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Jenaesha will have the opportunity to study with cellist Norman Fischer. She received one of two Roy W. Hill Music Scholarships and the Nick Schoffen Music Scholarship from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, the Wenatchee Valley Teachers Association Scholarship, a Community Involvement Scholarship and the Top Ten Scholarship from the Apple Blossom Festival, and a four-year renewable $50,000 scholarship from Rice University.
Jenaesha has played the cello since she was eight years old and took lessons from local music instructor Kara Hunnicutt, Craig Weaver from the Twisp/Methow area, Kevin Krentz from Seattle and Sally Singer Tuttle. As a WVC student, she studied music theory with her father, music director Juel Iwaasa.
At twelve years old, she was asked by an instructor whether she had considered playing the cello as a career. She now provides music lessons herself, teaching both piano and cello, but she's keeping her career options open. "I'm ready for whatever opportunities are available," she said. "I'm happy to see where going to Rice takes me."
Katrina will have the opportunity to study with violist Helen Callus at Westmont. Katrina received the Roy W. Hill Music Scholarship from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and an $11,000 per year music major scholarship from Westmont.
Encouraged by her mother, who is a harpist, Katrina began playing the viola when she was six. She has studied at Icicle Creek in Leavenworth with Jennifer Caine and at Central Washington University with Tim Betts.
Her goal is to teach at a university or college and perform in a residential quartet. "Music is my passion," she said. "It's what I'm good at, what I love to do."
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