Sponsors of New and Talented Artists, Inc. (SONATA) held its annual Scholarship Luncheon Fundraiser on June 11, 2016 at Savannah State University in the King Fraizer Ballroom. The audience was entertained by the Teddy Adams Trio, which featured Laiken Williams. The master of ceremony was the charming Kim Gusby from WSAV News. Sophomore Thomas Schandolph on trombone, one of SONATA’s scholarship recipients, performed the National Anthem. Ms. Marie Hall, a SONATA board member, did the invocation and blessing. Guests and supporters enjoyed a delectable lunch while being entertained by performers.
The second session featured some of SONATA’s students: “Apres un Reve”, Faure, performed by Soraya Brooker on violin; “Gia il Sole Dal Gange”, Alessandro Scarlatti song by Kelina Momperouse and Danse De La Chevre, Arthur Honegger performed by Jacobi Dortch on Flute. Destiny Reed, one of our SONATA Alumni, Berry College ’16, performed “Your Daddy’s Son” from “Ragtime” by Slaherty and Ahrens; we are so proud of our students, they did an excellent job.
There were special award presentations made to outstanding leaders of our community, such as: Local Artist of the Year (Kim Michael Polote), presented by Shameka Smalls; Educator of the Year (Terry Staten, Band Director at Hubert Middle School) presented by his former student Destiny Reed; The Ben Tucker Lifetime Achievement Award (James Thompson, Sr., a retired band director) presented by Anna Watson; The Lillian Ellis Legacy Award (Emma Conyers, President of BRAVO Music Company, Inc.) presented by Lillian Ellis, the Co-Founder and President of Emeritus.
SONATA President, Somi Benson- Jaja, made a special presentation to Norfolk Southern Railroad who has been a major sponsor of SONATA for years. On April 20, 2016, they made a large donation of $3,000.
Special thanks to Teddy Adams Trio for performing, Kim Gusby, Master of Cermony from WSAV, SONATA Board Members, students and parents, Savannah State University, The Hodge Foundation, Tim S. Moore and the Savannah community for providing special funding for SONATA’s Music Scholarship Program and Private Music Lessons.
Students in middle and high school who are serious and interested in applying for a scholarship for the next calendar year can visit our website at SonataSavannah.org. Donations to this great organization to provide future scholarships can be made online by visiting the website.