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Nine young performing artists awarded 2020 Macdonald Scholarships by The Alden in McLean

The Alden in McLean has awarded scholarships to nine local high school students through the 2020 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition began with a preliminary audition in February, but the final competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 containment efforts. A division of the McLean Community Center (MCC), The Alden Theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

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).

To recognize the hard work and creativity of these young artists, MCC opted to present Finalists Awards of $800 to each participant rather than the traditional first ($1,200), second ($800) and third ($400) places.

This year’s finalists are:

Instrumental Music
Ethan Hsiao, Basis McLean
Alyssa Kim, Langley High School
Karina Wugang, Langley High School

Rebecca Blacksten, McLean High School
Cole Sitilides, Langley High School
Hannah Toronto, Langley High School

Vocal Music
Lily Chopus, Langley High School
Cynthia Hu, Langley High School
Tracy Waagner, McLean High School


This year’s distinguished judges were: Anne-Carolyn Bird, Soprano and Assistant Manager, Washington National Opera Board of Trustees (Instrumental and Vocal Music); Suhnne Ahn, Lecturer, Director of The Peabody at Homewood Program, John Hopkins Peabody Institute (Instrumental Music); Ethan Watermeier, Adjunct Instructor, American University Department of Performing Arts (Instrumental and Vocal Music); Morgan Brophy, Assistant Director of Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Opera (Vocal Music); Brent Stansell, Theater Educator, Dramaturg, Actor and Arts Administrator (Theater); Scott Pafumi, Theatre Arts Director, Herndon High School (Theater); and Johnathan Mark Rogers, Performing Arts Specialist at Loudoun County Public Schools (Theater).


For more information on the Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, call The Alden at 703-790-0123/TTY: 711.

About The Alden
Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and 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 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.