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County of Fairfax, Virginia

The Robert Ames Alden Theatre

at the McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101



Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah

Director of Communications

703-790-0123/TTY: 711





Monday, April 4, 2016




The Alden in McLean Awards Scholarships to Six Young Performing Artists


McLean, Va. The Alden in McLean awarded scholarships to six local high school students for successfully competing in the 2016 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. Following a preliminary audition and a final completion at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 16, the prizes were presented by MCC Governing Board Chair Paul Kohlenberger and The Alden’s Director of Youth Programs Kathleen Herr. A division of the McLean Community Center, The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.   The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville). Scholarship prizes of $1,200 are awarded to students placing first in each of four categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre and Vocal Music. Second-place winners are awarded $800 and third-place winners win $400. This year’s competition showcased Vocal Music and Instrumental Music; there were not enough applicants in the Dance and Theatre categories to allow for a fair competition.


This year’s winners were:


Instrumental Music

First Place

Eric Lin, Sophomore, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology


Second Place  

Lauren Cain, Freshman, Langley High School


Third Place     

Xiyou Wang, Senior, McLean High School




Vocal Music

First Place      

Josh Delgado, Senior, McLean High School


Second Place  

Jamie Goodson, Junior, Langley High School


Third Place     

Nicole Sheehan, Senior, McLean High School 


Theatre director Wendy J. Conte (Vocal Music), freelance violinist and orchestral contractor Pamela Lassell (Instrumental Music) singer, pianist and actor Jim Scopeletis (Vocal Music/Instrumental Music) and baritone Ethan Watermeier (Vocal Music/Instrumental Music) were judges for the completion.




Photo: 2016 Macdonald Scholarship Winners Jamie Goodson (2nd Place, Vocal Music), Josh Delgado (1st Place, Vocal Music), Nicole Sheehan (3rd Place, Vocal Music), MCC Governing Board Chair Paul Kohlenberger and Eric Lin (1st Place, Instrumental Music), Lauren Cain (2nd Place, Instrumental Music)  and Xiyou Wang (3rd Place, Instrumental Music). Photo by Lisa Helfert Photography.




For more information, call The Alden at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: http://bit.ly/1yd1tHS.


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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages.

The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations.


To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

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