PRESS RELEASE: October 4, 2008
CONTACT: Mitzi Nelson (386) 397-7005
Jessica Kemper, (850) 245-3029, (850)251-0834
STATE PARK HOSTS AUUNUAL STEPHEN FOSTER/JEANIE AUDITIONS
--Competition Awarded scholarships to male & female vocalists--
WHITE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s showcased popular songs of Stephen Foster and classical and operatic compositions of American music at the 58 Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center th Stephen Foster/Jeanie Auditions that was held at the park on Saturday, October 4 th .
Established in 1950, the Stephen Foster/Jeanie Auditions is co-sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and . The vocal competition for both young men and women awarded $5,500 in scholarships to the winners. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
From a field of eleven contestants, five were awarded scholarships. Crowned “Jeanie” for 2009 is
Nicole Estima, from Pembrook Pines and a Junior at . University of South Florida “Stephen” for 2009 is
Mark Daniel Hakes, from Ft. Myers, and a Junior at . Stetson University 1 st Runner-up, is Adrianna odgers from Jacksonville who is a Sophomore at the . University of Florida 2 nd Runner-up is Lisa Ulseth from Boyton Beach and a Junior at the . University of Florida 1 st Runner-up for “Stephen” is Hal Berkelhammer from Gainesville who also attends the . University of Florida
Wearing period ball gowns and tuxedos, each participant sang one song composed by Stephen Foster, and one song of their choice written by American composers. The historically formal attire was in keeping with the theme of the event, which is named for a song Stephen Foster wrote about his wife, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.” The event is a tribute to Foster, a 19 th century composer who wrote some of ’s best-known songs, including, “Oh! Susanna” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” America Foster also wrote “Old Folks at Home,” which was adopted as the state song in 1935. Florida
“We would like to give special thanks for the continued dedication of the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and their long standing partnership with the Florida Park Service. This event has continued to represent our commitment to our mission of preserving our Cultural Resources and celebrating American Musical Composer Stephen Foster for the past 58 years” stated Park Manager, Ben Faure.
To learn more about the park, visit online at www.FloridaStateParks.org/stephenfoster.