Bree Bonn Wins Fortissimo Scholarship Award for December, 2017
Dec 22, 2017

 Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 12 year old piano student, Aubrielle “Bree” Bonn, has been awarded the Fortissimo Award for December, 2017. Bree is a student of Rebecca Smith, and the daughter of Tom and Karina Bonn of Bend.

The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students. The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.


Bree started taking piano lessons from her mother when she was quite young, but did not seem to enjoy it or progress in that environment. Years later Bree initiated the idea of studying the harp with Becky Smith at Cascade School of Music and this dramatically increased her love of music.  Currently Bree is studying the piano and has found a niche in writing piano instrumentals.  She seems to enjoy the walking bassline of a good boogie song and is hopeful to play on her church's worship team, and in a jazz ensemble in the future.


Becky Smith states, “Bree has innate musicality, that ‘something special’ and puts in steady effort.  She is willing to put herself in unfamiliar situations, and she shines.  During my first year with Bree, while she was still quite young and studying harp, she joined in with my adult harp ensemble for a performance at a local retirement home.  While conducting, and sweeping my eyes across the group, the performer’s heads were down and they were seriously striving to manage their parts. Then my eye fell on Bree confidently playing; at the same moment she looked up at me and twinkled.  After the performance, one of the adult members of the ensemble said to me, “that Bree has a spark doesn’t she?”  I couldn’t agree more.”

Along with an award certificate, Bree received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Bree and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.

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