ISCA Rising Stars


 ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 ISCA RISING STARS WINNERS 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Awards for the Senior Division Category

$500 for 1st Place “Vanilla Ice Cream” a vocal solo performed by Shannon Hegarty, 11th grader at Hilton Head Prep

$400 for 2nd Place “Everlasting”, a vocal solo performed by Ellie Lentz, 9th grader at Hilton Head Christian Academy

$300 for 3rd Place “Shadows”, original choreography danced by Katie Maurer, 12th grader at Hilton Head Island High School

$200 for 4th Place “A Blessing”, a contemporary ballet performed by Lily McDaniel, an 8th grader at Hilton Head Island Middle School

$100 for Star to Watch ” Don’t Mean a Thing”,  a Tap Dance Duo performed by Madeline Cannon, an 8th grader at HE McCracken Middle School and Jayden Leake, a 10th grader at Bluffton High School

Awards for Junior Division Category

$250 for 1st Place “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, a musical theatre performance by Christian Becker, a 6th grader at Hilton Head Christian Academy

$150 for 2nd Place “Ashokan Farewell”, a violin solo performed by Amelie Ratliff, a 7th grader at Heritage Academy

$100 for 3rd Place “The Chase”, a classical ballet solo performed by Ashley Zarracan, a 6th  grader at Bluffton Middle School

$50 for Star to Watch “Music In Me”, a jazz dance duo performed by Kat Eberly , a 4th grader at Hilton Head Prep and Naomi Zarracan, a 5th grader at Bluffton Elementary

Our 2017 ISCA Rising Stars Video Audition Montage created by Hilton Head Island High School junior, Cassie Maurer says it all!! The preliminary judges had the daunting task of selecting only 25 acts. Saturday afternoon, we could not have been any prouder to watch each student as they shined in the spotlight on the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina stage! The month of March is “National Youth Art Month” but luckily, ISCA celebrates the talented youth in our community every single day!!

2017 ISCA Rising Stars Video Audition Montag

Our 2017 ISCA Rising Stars Video Audition Montage created by Hilton Head Island High School junior, Cassie Maurer says it all!! The preliminary judges had the daunting task of selecting only 25 acts. Saturday afternoon, we could not have been any prouder to watch each student as they shined in the spotlight on the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina stage! The month of March is "National Youth Art Month" but luckily, ISCA celebrates the talented youth in our community every single day!! Arts & Cultural Council Hilton Head Experience Hilton Head Island

Posted by Island School Council for the Arts on Sunday, March 5, 2017

We are so grateful to 5 of the busiest women taking off an entire afternoon to lend their artistic expertise and support all of these young performers!
Kathleen Bateson, CEO and President of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Mary Briggs, CEO and President of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
Lois Masteller owner of The Jazz Corner and Co-Founder of the Junior Jazz Foundation
Karen Migliaccio, artist and arts advocate
Dr. Stephanie Milling, Associate Chaoir and Undergraduate Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina as well as the Head of Dance Education

They also took this opportunity to present very generous scholarships to the following acts:

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presented scholarships to their “Take The Stage” camp Shannon Hegarty and Christian Becker

The Junior Jazz Foundation presented a scholarship to the “Junior Jazz Summer Camp” to Ellie Lentz

Our judges had a very difficult job this year! We are so very proud of all of our participants it was an outstanding event!!

In addition to the performers we had an amazing time with all of the fabulously talented students:
CO-HOSTS:
Miss Bluffton Teen, Edi Darnell! She is a junior at Hilton Head Island High School and you can watch her perform in the Seahawks Stage Company’s upcoming production of “Into the Woods”.

Hilton Head Island’s newest Broadway Star, Trey Middleton. Straight from closing “Matilda” on Broadway we were thrilled that he was able to fit our event into his hectic performance and audition schedule.

VIDEOGRAPHER:
Steven Schidrich, a student at John Paull II, captured the entire event on video and ISCA will provide a copy of the DVD to each act.

We are so very proud of all of our participants it was an outstanding event!!

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2017 ISCA Rising Stars

Saturday, March 4 2017

2:00pm

at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

ISCA’s 4th annual Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition

What is ISCA Rising Stars?

The goal of ISCA Rising Stars is to provide artistically talented youth of southern Beaufort County with a professional performance venue that recognizes their exceptional artistic talent. The program will be presented at 2:00pm at the conclusion of Youth ArtsFest on the Elizabeth Wallace stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Who is Eligible?

 All 3rd – 12th grade students residing in the southern Beaufort area may apply. Actors, Dancers, Musicians, and Vocalists from soloists to large ensemble groups!

How Can I Apply? 

  • NO ENTRY FEE
  • Download and complete: 2017 ISCA-RISING-STARS-RELEASE-AGREEMENT 
  • Video your performance ready act for the preliminary round of judging. The video is your first round of auditions. The judges are experts in their respective performing arts field and live across the USA. Please make sure this is your best effort and that your act is is age appropriate. If selected this is the act that will be performed. We will accept no substitutions or last minute changes.
  • The 3:30  maximum time limit will be enforced and acts not adhering to this rule will be disqualified.
  • Email the signed agreement and send the video or a youtube link to pmaurer@isca-online.org

Video Submission Deadline is February 17, 2017

Only the top 25 acts will be chosen

All cash prizes will be awarded during the live performance in two separate age divisions.

8th-12th Grade, Senior Division:

1st place $500, 2nd Place $400, 3rd Place $300, 4th place $200, and Star to Watch $100.

3rd -7th grade, Junior Division:

1st place $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100, and Star to Watch $50.

For any questions contact:

Patti Maurer

Executive Director

Island School Council for the Arts

pmaurer@isca-online.org

 

 ANNOUNCING OUR 2016 ISCA RISING STARS WINNERS 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Awards for the Senior Division Category

$500 for 1st Place “The Wise Fools” a band performed by Andrew Mooney, Kevin Myhre, Nick Myhre, and Alex Syragakis, 10th graders at Hilton Head Christian Academy

$400 for 2nd Place “Love Never Dies”, a vocal solo performed by Shannon Hegarty, 1oth grader at Hilton Head Prep

$300 for 3rd Place “Native”, a band/original song performed by Ben Hughey and Zach Stevens, 10th graders at Bluffton High School, Davis Lentz, a 10th grader  and Grayson Lentz a 12th grader at Hilton Head Christian Academy

$200 for 4th Place “Pineapple Poll”, a classical ballet pas de deux performed by Katie Maurer, a 11th grader at HHIHS

$100 for Star to Watch ” The Revolutionary Etude”, piano soloist Mario Magnan, a 9th grader at HHIHS

Awards for Junior Division Category

$250 for 1st Place “Summer Jam”, a piano solo performed by Harrison Luba, a 6th grader at Hilton Head Prep

$150 for 2nd Place “Walking In the Air”, a vocal solo performed by Harrison Leahy, a 4th grade home-schoooled student

$100 for 3rd Place “Nothing”, a musical theatre performance by Olivia Shamlou, a 6th  grader at Hilton Head Christian Academy

$50 for Star to Watch “Orange Blossom Special”, a Bluegrass Fiddle performance by Amelie Ratliff, a 6th grader at Heritage Academy

First Place Prizes are generously sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Arthur and Ellen Segal Charitable Trust for the Arts

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presented a scholarship to their “Take The Stage” camp to 8th grader, Rachel Stratton

Broadway Dreams Foundation presented a scholarship to their NY Intensive to 11th grader, Michael Tassone

The Junior Jazz Foundation presented a scholarship to the “Junior Jazz Summer Camp” to 6th grader, Amelie Ratliff

We are so very proud of all of our participants it was an outstanding event!

2016 ISCA Rising Stars perform at the 33rd An Evening of the Arts

A big Bravo to our Junior Star to Watch, Harrison Leahy!!! He has booked the International tour of Beauty and the Beast! He is in China playing the role of Chip!

Harrison Leahy

Harrison D. Leahy – 9 years old (Chip) This marks Harrison’s first appearance in a Broadway International Tour! His career just began in October 2014 with his Voice Teacher; Nancy Fontana who heard his voice and immediately encouraged him to seek performing in musicals. He began his career at the Main Street Youth Theatre where he appeared in “Holiday on Main” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” with solos. He then won the “Star To Watch” award Junior Division with the Island School Council for the Arts Talent Competition at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island, SC. There he was noticed by the Arts Center and offered the role “Clarinet Boy” and Understudy “Newsboy” in GYPSY. Most recently, he was accepted into The Broadway Dreams Foundation GENERATION 2015 TOUR in New York City where he participated in a show and intensive training. During this Broadway Dreams Intensive, he was Cast into Disney’s Beauty and The Beast International Tour. Harrison would like to dedicate this Tour to his Directors, Mom, Dad, Sister Eliza, Grandpa, Papa, Nana Leahy in Heaven, Grandma & Papa Jack and his beloved mentor & friend Nancy Fontana. #bdfbigbreaks #bdfnyc — with Annette Tanner and David Leahy.

Congratulations to Harrison Luba, Kendall and Kearston Gonzalez for being selected to perform in the Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars in Charleston, South Carolina on June 5, 2015!!

ANNOUNCING OUR 2015 ISCA RISING STARS WINNERS

Awards for the Senior Category

$500 for 1st Place “Wounded Animal” a lyrical dance solo performed by DJ Green, 12th grader at Heritage Academy

$400 for 2nd Place “Screw Loose”, a vocal solo performed by Mariel Zmarzly, 12th grader at HHIHS

$300 for 3rd Place “Lunar Pond”, a contemporary ballet solo performed by Katie Maurer, a 10th grader at HHIHS

$200 for 4th place “Long Road”, a jazz dance solo performed by Sammee Schirmer, a 10th grader at HHIHS

$100 for Star to Watch ” The TabFinders”, an instrumental featuring drum soloist Andrew Mooney, a 9th grader at HHCA

Awards for Junior Category

$250 for 1st Place “All of Me”, a piano solo performed by Harrison Luba, a 5th grader at HHIESCA

$150 for 2nd Place ” Three Duets”, a violin/cello duo performed by Kendall and Kearston Gonzales, 3rd and 5th grade home-schoooled students

$100 for 3rd Place ” Don’t Rain on My Parade”, a vocal solo performed by Gabriella Deir, a 7th grader at Saint Gregory Catholic School

$50 for Star to Watch “Oliver”, a vocal performance by Harrison Leahy, a 3rd grader at HHCA

First Place Prizes are generously sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Arthur and Ellen Segal Charitable Trust for the Arts

Broadway Dreams Foundation presented  a scholarship to their NY Intensive to 7th grader Elliott Lentz

We are so very proud of all of our participants it was an outstanding event!

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Below is a letter to the editor from one of our audience members:

Letters to the Editor
Young artists show value of cooperation
By IslandPacket
newsroom@islandpacket.com
March 31, 2015

It was my distinct pleasure to attend the recent Island School Council for the Arts Youth Performing Arts Competition at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

The performances were outstanding across the board, and I was impressed with the talent on Hilton Head Island. The investment that we as a community have made in the arts is showing in our youth, and I am grateful to live in such a community.

I encourage anyone who is active in an arts organization or is an arts lover to continue to work together. Patti Maurer, president of the ISCA, is a prime example of what can be accomplished when we cooperate with one another. Congratulations to the ISCA and all the performers.

Opal Duke Abbink
Hilton Head Island

ISCA RISING STARS JUDGES ~

Kathleen Bateson ~ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Kathleen P. Bateson is President and CEO of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A graduate from Seton Hill University, Bateson worked as a certified art teacher in Pennsylvania and a professional set designer before shifting into a corporate career in international marketing and then founding president of Management for the Arts.

Mary Briggs ~ Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Mary Briggs is the President and CEO of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has a BS in Elementary Education/Music Education from West Chester University and an MS in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was the Executive Principal of Hilton Head Elementary School and the Assistant Superintendent for the BCSD Beaufort County Education Foundation.

Robert Eberly ~ Former Professional Dancer

Robert Eberly’s love for the Arts is reflected in both of his careers, first as a professional ballet dancer, and second in the work he does for arts organizations and their donors as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. Robert received his ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and School of American Ballet. During his performing career, Robert danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and Boston Ballet.

Greg Kamp ~ Broadway Dreams Foundation

Greg Kamp is an actor and director based in New York City. Performing credits include the Tony Award winning Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, TriBeCa Film Festival, Cincinnati’s Pop Orchestra, ABC, FOX, and Lifetime. This year celebrates, 10 years with The Broadway Dreams Foundation.

Didi Summers ~ Hilton Head Institute

Didi Summers is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and graduated from Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1988) and California State University, Fullerton (B.M. 1983) where she majored in music performance.  She lived in Geneva, Switzerland and London, UK prior to moving to Hilton Head.

Blake White ~ Lean Ensemble Theatre

Blake White is a Hilton Head based actor and director with credits from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cider Mill Playhouse, the historic Shuler Theater, Upstate Shakespeare Festival, and South Carolina Repertory Company. Blake is the Artistic Director of the newly founded Lean Ensemble Theater, and directing the inaugural production, the Tony Award winning God of Carnage, May 14-17 at the Main Street Theatre.

Ben Wolfe ~ Savannah Summer Theatre Institute

Ben Wolfe is the Director/Co- Founder of the Savannah Summer Theatre Institute. Named one of the Top 5 Summer Theatre Camps, SSTI enters its eighth summer of providing an unrivaled boutique Summer Experience for both performers and technicians. info@SavannahSummertheatre.com

We would like to thank our

2015 ISCA RISING STARS

Partners and Sponsors

Presented in Partnership with:THE ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA

Sponsored by:

McNair Law Firm

The Speer Family Foundation

The Island Packet

 First place prizes in both the Senior and Junior Category generously sponsored by:

 “The Rabbi Dr. Arthur and Ellen Segal Charitable Trust for the Arts”

 Special Thanks to:

Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF)

Miss Hilton Head Island Organization

Children’s Relief Fund

Crescent Moon Pictures

Captured Moments

The Staff at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Island Printer

Studio One

Enjoy a few rehearsal photos:

ISCA RISING STARS preformed for a sold out crowd at the 32nd An Evening of the Arts on the harbour at the Wexford Plantation Clubhouse.  Enjoy a few photos:

 

The Island School Council for the Arts proudly announces the winners of the first ever ISCA Rising Stars, youth performing arts talent competition held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Junior Division 3rd-7th grades:

First Place went to 4th grader Kearston Gonzalez for her violin solo, “Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor”.

Second Place went to 3rd grader, Kendall Gonzalez for her cello solo, “La Cinquantaine”.

Third Place went to 6th grader, Delaney Yurco with her vocal rendition of ” Don’t Rain on my Parade”.

6th grade vocalist, Elliott Lentz accompanied on the guitar by her 10th grade brother, Grayson Lentz was named “Star to Watch”.

Senior Division 8th-12th grades:

First Place went to 9th grader, Sammee Schirmer for her lyrical dance solo, “Fragile”.

Second Place went to 8th grader, Michael Tassone for his vocal rendition of ” Say Something”.

Third Place went to 12th grader, Brian Stuligross for his violin solo, ” Lalo Symphonie Espagnole Mvmt 1″.

Fourth Place went to 8th-12th graders,Elizabeth Blackshire, Julia Bragg, Kaylie Ehlers, Hayden Garniewicz,Katie Maurer, and Emily Vaughn for their modern dance, “Kumbayah”.

10th grader vocalist, Hannah Brown was named Star to Watch”.

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