Overture Awards Finals Competition | Sat., March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson Kaplan Theater

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The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is proud to present the 2014 Overture Awards Scholarship Competition – the largest locally-run arts scholarship competition in the country. The Overture Awards annually provides a $3,500 scholarship to six area high school students for education and training expenses, with 18 finalists each winning a $750 scholarship.

The Overture Awards Finals Competition and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Winners will be announced immediately following the competition.

This year, 466 students were nominated by their schools to compete in one of six artistic disciplines: Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music. The Overture Awards was developed to recognize, encourage, and reward excellence in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. It also provides students an opportunity to share their talents and interests among their peers in a supportive environment outside of their individual schools. There are three levels of competition: Regionals, Semi-Finals, and Finals.

The Overture Awards Regional Competitions were held on January 11 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Immanuel United Methodist Church (Lakeside Park, KY), Saint Ursula Academy, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, and Xavier University. The top 20 percent of competitors in each discipline advanced to the Semi-Finals, which were held at the Aronoff Center on January 17 and 18. Twenty-four finalists (four in each discipline) will compete in the Finals Competition at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater on March 1.

Now in its 18th year, The Overture Awards was launched in 1996 by the Cinergy Foundation (now Duke Energy) and Leadership Cincinnati (a program of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce). The Overture Awards is funded and administered by the Cincinnati Arts Association, which operates and manages the Aronoff Center and Music Hall. The Overture Awards also relies on hundreds of volunteers from the community who help raise funds, adjudicate and manage the competitions, and nurture the program.

Overture Awards Program Sponsors: Carey Digital; Citi; The Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee Scholarship Sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; Stock Yards Bank & Trust; The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation; Summerfair Cincinnati; Western & Southern Financial. Competition Sponsors: Buddy Roger’s Music, Immanuel United Methodist Church (Lakeside Park, KY), St. Ursula Academy, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, Xavier University.



  • Zoe Cheng – Walnut Hills High School, grade 11
  • Katie Hibner – William Mason High School, grade 11
  • Bridget Nichols – Scott High School, grade 12
  • Rachel Zinck – Mt. Notre Dame High School, grade 11


  • Claire Barrington – Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet (NCYB Dance) / Ohio Virtual Academy, grade 11
  • Ally Garcia – Campbell County High School, grade 12
  • Megan Kernan – Just Off Broadway / Turpin High School, grade 11
  • Lauren Slouffman – Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, grade 10


  • Emma Burge – Sycamore High School, grade 10
  • Carolyn Gao – Leung Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 10
  • Isabella Geis – Walnut Hills High School, grade 10
  • Joseph Vaz – Practice to Prosper Piano Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 11


  • Melissa Campbell – McCready Voice Studio / Wyoming High School, grade 10
  • Eli Davis – Cincinnati Actor’s Studio / School for Creative and Performing Arts, grade 12
  • Keegan Doyle – St. Xavier High School, grade 12
  • Kalie Kaimann – Seton High School, grade 11


  • Ruby Brooke – School for Creative and Performing Arts, grade 12
  • Kathryn Holaday – Lakota West High School, grade 12
  • Kyle Perrigo – Lakota East High School, grade 12
  • Paige Schlosser – Kings High School, grade 12


  • Mackenzie Jacquemin – Wyoming High School, grade 11
  • James Rootring – Karl Resnick Studio / Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, grade 10
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg – Karl Resnick Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 12
  • Natalie Sheppard – Dixie Heights High School, grade 12

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 700,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.3 million students.

CAA is proud to be a member of Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education, Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, and Performing Arts Center Consortium.

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