The Virginia Budge Award for the Creative and Performing Arts

"Supporting the Arts One Student at a Time"

2018 Recipients

Kennedy Baker - Violin

Anna Greco - Vocal

Emma Krusling - Dance

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  Mission Statement

The Virginia Budge Award exists to create, promote, develop, sponsor, sustain, facilitate, and further the Arts within Butler County, Ohio. For the mission of the Committee, the term “Arts” shall be defined and literally construed to include the making or doing of things that have form and beauty, and to encompass all forms of Arts including the Arts of music, painting, sculpture, dance, theater, film, opera, ballet, and any other of the performing Arts requiring and exhibiting an exceptional level of creativity, skill or talent

 

Committee Members

Bridget Ossmann, Founder
Sarah Kimble, C0-Founder
Bekka Eaton, Artistic Director
Ercel Eaton
Josh Kimble
Greg Ossmann
Jordan Eaton



"Supporting the Arts One Student at a Time" 

 
                                                     2018 Recipients

Kennedy Baker - Violinist

Kennedy Baker, 14, attends the Fairfield Creekside Middle School where she has won numerous awards and accomplishments in the art of music. With the violin being her major instrument, Baker was the Fairfield City School Tempo Club musician winner for the month of November during the 2017 school year. Kennedy has been selected for the position of concertmaster for the Fairfield Middle School and received the 2018 OMEA Superior rating and the outstanding violin soloist award. Baker has played in many recitals and received amazing compliments from competition judges and superior ratings during all of her solos and ensemble performances.Her superior musical talent will lead Baker to Emory University upon graduation in 2022, where she will pursue a double major in music and political science. Baker credits all of her music teachers, mentors and parents for her true passion for music.  Baker is an extremely gifted violinist and has a very bright future ahead of her.

Anna Greco - Vocalist


Anna Greco will graduate this year from Lakota West High School as an Honors Thespian and with French National Honors. Anna has been a Finalist in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, a Semi-Finalist in The Overture Awards Competition, and a Semi-Finalist in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. She has been a part of the May Festival Youth Chorus for four years under the direction Dr. James Bagwell. Anna has made all these accomplishments under the tutelage of Melody Wallace. Next year, Anna will be attending Miami University for Vocal Performance under Alison Acord. 

 

Emma Krusling - Dance

 Emma Krusling is seventeen years old and has been dancing since she was 4. She has studied in many forms of dance including ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, and tap. Most recently, she has been dancing as a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet. Through this program, Emma has had the chance to perform with the ballet in numerous productions. Her favorite role was performing snow and flower corps for Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker. Emma hopes to one day become a professional dancer, and would like to thank the Virginia Budge Award Committee for helping her in the process of reaching her goal.  

 

2017 Recipients
     Kyle Hodgkin - Jazz Guitar
     Faith Ann Santucci - Music Ed/Flute
     Jacob McFarland - Music Composition

Kyle Hodgkin - Jazz Guitar

Kyle Hodgkin is currently attending Butler Tech School of the Arts. At the age of 16, Hodgkin was awarded Best Instrumental Soloist for 2017. His command of the guitar has lead him to perform as lead guitarist in Jesus Christ Superstar 2016, Hamilton High Rhapsody in Blue Orchestra, 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. Hodgkin has also performed as lead guitarist for Mark Joshua – 2016, Dr. J. and the Apostles - 2015 through 2017, and Moniker – 2016 and 2017. Hodgkin released two original songs in which not only did he play lead and rhythm guitar but also bass, organ and vocals in 2017.

Hodgkin plans on pursuing a professional degree in jazz guitar. 

Faith Ann Santucci - Flute

Faith Ann Santucci, 17, attends Homeschool/Lakota West High School where she has won many awards and numerous accomplishments in music. With flute being her major instrument, Santucci was the 2017 Concerto Competion winner. Her superior musical ability led Santucci to the University of North Texas where she will be attending in fall of 2017 for a degree in Music Education. Santucci credits Greg Snyder at Lakota West for her passion for music.

Jacob McFarland - Music Composition

Jacob McFarland received the 2017 OMEA Superior rating in music composition. McFarland attended Hamilton High and has been accepted into the Young Composers Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. As a composer, one of the highlights in McFarland’s career was meeting Maestro Louis Langree, head director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Langree was so impressed with McFarland’s work that the Maestro introduced him to a graduate assistant at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Michael Lanci McFarland is presently taking composition lesson from Lanci and an excerpt that McFarland composed will be performed at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. McFarland plans on attending the Cleveland Institute of Music seeking a major in music composition.

$500 Award Application Deadline:  April 23, 2019