The Uel Wade Music Scholarship, now in its 25th year, awarded $10,000 to four out of six finalists from among the competing high school musicians on May 24.

The annual competition is usually performed before an audience at the Spencertown Academy. This year, due to the coronavirus, the young musicians performed in Wade's large studio to the three judges, violinists Ron Carbone and Mitsuko Suzuki and trumpeter Eric Latini.

First prize of $3,500 was awarded to cellist Joyce Cheng, a senior from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, who will attend New York University in the fall. She played the fourth movement of the Elgar Concerto and the Sarabande from a Bach Suite.

Goni Ronen, a senior at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Ghent, won the $2,500 second prize, playing the entire Sonata for Bass Tuba and Piano by Paul Hindemith.

Tied for third, winning $2,000 each, were oboist Anna Ryu and violist Katie Rumin.

Ryu, a junior at Shaker High School in Latham, played selections from "The Flower Clock" by Jean Francaix.

Rumin, a junior at Berkshire Waldorf School in Stockbridge, Mass., played the first movement of Sonata by Rebecca Clarke, followed by the Prelude to a Suite (for cello) by Bach.

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