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J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars, Class of 2016

Augustus Egan

Augustus "Gus" Egan, Studio Art

Gus Egan, now a second year arts scholar for studio art, studied at the atelier style Acorn Gallery in his hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts since he was nine years old. Though in recent years he has found himself specializing in drawing and oil painting of the human figure, his latter two years at the Waring School, in Beverly, Massachusetts, he made a point of choosing art classes that he had never taken before, ranging from 3-dimentional design, to print making, to black and white film photography. In his last semester of his senior year at Waring, he created a portrait of each student in his graduating class in a style with which he had little to no experience: minimalist, spray-paint stencil, or caricature. In his first year at the University of Virginia, he has laid the groundwork for another three years of artistic pursuits by taking drawing 1 and 2. He has regularly entered work in the Marblehead Arts Festival, where, this past summer, he won the Lee R. Smith award for his self-portrait done in charcoal. Though he has been chosen for the Arts Scholars program for his visual arts, he also has an affinity for music, performing with his guitar, voice and mandolin in many school and local events. He is very excited for his second year with the Arts Scholars.

Scott Hazelwood

Scott Hazelwood, Studio Art

Certain amateur home videos reveal that Scott Hazelwood’s interest in visual arts began at a very early age, but it was his time at Richmond, Virginia’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School that convinced him to continue to pursue art education. He developed and refined a range of skills during high school but prefers acrylic paint over other media. His work has ties to both an overarching theme of chance exerting observable force in each piece as well as highly personal memories and experiences. Scott’s work was regularly exhibited within Maggie Walker; he had the pleasure of organizing the inaugural show in a newly refurbished exhibition space as well as participating in the annual Senior Art Show at ArtWorks Gallery in Richmond. In 2012, his portfolio won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Art Awards. Since he arrived at UVa, Scott has continued taking art courses in drawing and painting. His submission to the Arts Students Society Spring 2013 Juried Gallery Show was one of 36 pieces selected for exhibition. During the summer of 2013, Scott had an amazing overseas experience in Europe which exposed him to some of the classical and contemporary art and architecture of Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Gabrielle Jehle

Gabrielle Jehle, Dance

Gabrielle Jehle, a Buffalo native, is currently a second year student and Arts Scholar at the University of Virginia. Gabrielle’s passion for dance began at a young age. She attended American Academy of Ballet, where she studied several forms of dance, including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz and modern. Gabrielle was also on David de Marie’s National Competition team although she later decided to focus mainly on her study of ballet. Over her 14 years at American Academy, Gabrielle had the opportunity to showcase her talents in The Nutcracker, the Amherst Youth Ballet, and various other performances. In addition to her intensive study of dance over the school year, Gabrielle also continued her training throughout the summer. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-week summer residential program. Additionally, Gabrielle attended Chautauqua Institution School of Performing Arts, focusing in ballet, for two consecutive summers. At the Institution, she had the opportunity to train with world-renowned faculty, including Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, and Maris Battaglia, as well as perform in the historic amphitheater. During her past year at the University of Virginia, Gabrielle also performed in Rhapsody Ballet Ensemble’s The Nutrcaker.

Heidi Klockenbrink

Heidi Klockenbrink, Drama

Heidi Klockenbrink is thrilled and honored to be part of the Arts Scholars program here at the University of Virginia. She was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, where she graduated from Hidden Valley High School. She also was accepted to and attended the Burton Center for Performing Arts, of which she was elected President and ran functions and events for the program. Heidi has been in myriad theatrical productions, both local and regional, including shows such as Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys & Dolls, Beauty & the Beast, and It's a Wonderful Life. Her favorite role to date has been to portray the lead as Madeleine in Madeleine's Christmas. Heidi hopes to major in Arts Administration, a program that supports students with diverse interests within the creative realm. She plans to continue her education at graduate school and someday reside in her favorite state of California, but for now she couldn't be happier looking forward to the rest of her journey at UVA.

Timothy Lewis

Timothy Lewis, Drama

Tim Lewis is a second year Drama Major. Though a member of the Arts Scholars for his work in theatre, he is also highly involved in music. He is a member of the University and Chamber Singers, as well as a representative for the Music and Performing Arts Committee. Last year, Tim was highly involved in the First Year Players. In the most recent FYP productions, he played Judd Fry in "Oklahoma!" and Reverend Crisparkle in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He is currently in the cast of the Drama Department's production of "Crazy For You." After college, he plans on serving in the United States Navy and then hopefully pursuing a career in theatre.

Cameron Mankin

Cameron Mankin, Studio Art

Cameron Mankin is a fourth-year Echols and Miller Arts Scholar at the University of Virginia, selected for his work in visual art. His artistic practice revolves around assembly. Intaglio and relief prints are collaged together on handmade paper or wooden panels. Inspired by video games and Saturday morning cartoons, these constructed images explore the concept of heroism in contemporary context. Cameron's work has been displayed in numerous student shows and the literary magazine Glass,Garden. It also features in the permanent collections of Mountain Lake Biological Station and the Small Special Collections Library at UVa. When not in the studio, Cameron writes lyric poetry, practices martial arts, and dabbles in marketing for local non-profits and arts organizations.

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Natalie May, Music

Though born in Charlottesville, Natalie May was raised largely in Nashville, TN, and was fortunate enough to discover her love of music at a young age while in Music City. Aside from dabbling in the Violin, Natalie has focused all of her musical energy into the study of voice. She attended the Harpeth Hall School, where she became a stalwart member of the Harpeth Hall Singers, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir under Director Nancy Turner. Natalie also trained as a classical soprano with Elizabeth Carter. Here at UVa, she studies voice with Pamela Beasley and is a member of the University Singers under Director Michael Slon. In addition to vocal performance, Natalie has studied music theory and composition, and has produced a number of musical scores. While classical music is perhaps her forte (no pun intended), Natalie also enjoys singing pieces from the American musical theatre and jazz traditions. Outside of music, her interests include dance, drama, art, literature, and loving UVa. Around Grounds, you’ll find her with the USingers, First Year Players., and Hoos in the Stairwell. Natalie is so thankful to be part of the UVa Arts Scholars program and looks forward to furthering her academic and artistic studies as she pursues music and Arts Administration.

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Brigid McDonald, Music

Brigid McDonald is a College Arts Scholar for music from Livingston, NJ. She currently plays the flute in UVA’s Wind Ensemble and Cavalier Marching Band and takes lessons with Kelly Sulick. Her training has been mostly in classical music, but she has recently started exploring some more modern repertoire. Over the summer, she participated in Project Trio’s The Camp, a weeklong workshop that focused on chamber music with flute, cello, and bass. Through this program, she strengthened her improvisation skills and learned how to beat box flute. In high school, Brigid was the principle flute in the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, a program through which she worked closely and played in concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Brigid also played in the New Jersey region and all-state bands in 2011 and 2012 and was chosen as a performer in the Suburban Music Study Club’s 2011 Young Artists Invitational Festival. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center because of her success in the Piano Teachers Society of America’s Carnegie Hall Competition and the Golden Key Music Festival, respectively. Brigid is so grateful for the opportunity Miller Arts Scholars has given her to explore her passion for music, and she looks forward to continuing her studies in flute at UVA.

Rachel Mink

Rachel Mink, Music

Rachel Mink is a second year in the College of Arts and Science, with a major in music and (hopefully!) arts administration. Rachel is a native of Newark, Delaware and is both a voice student and a piano student, having started studying music at the age of six at the University of Delaware. On Grounds, Rachel is president of Hoos in Treble, an all-female a cappella group, a member of the University Singers, and a student of Pam Beasley. In her first semester at UVa, Rachel played the role of Edwin Drood in First Year Player’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Rachel is also involved in Music Arts Board, a group responsible for bringing international pioneers in the arts to the University. With Arts Scholars, Rachel fills the role of Music Representative and actively pursues the arts, especially music. This summer, Rachel went to Florence, Italy to study opera, and hopes to continue her education in opera. Before college, Rachel’s work with OperaDelaware has included roles in Bizet’s Carmen, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte’s Web, and many more. Rachel has attended Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina for the past two summers and was accepted into the American Choral Director Association National Honor Choir twice, as well as the Regional Honor Choir, traveling to Florida, Los Angeles, and Connecticut to sing. While she loves classical music, Rachel has also developed a passion for composition. She has released two full-length, self-composed pop albums, entitled Things I Meant to Say (2010) and Songs to the Stars (2012). Both are available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby!

Henry Peltz

Henry Peltz, Studio Art

Starting his freshman year of high school, Henry Peltz began his Art career with digital photography at Schreiber High School, in Port Washington, New York. Though most of his work encompassed digital cameras and computer oriented media, he explored the uses of film and the darkroom in his last year of high school. As he entered UVA, his work has begun to explore new settings and environments, from a more urban based media to rural settings. During his first year as a student at the University, his classed ranged from Studio Art, Economics, and even Philosophy. Having participated in and won many photography and design competitions, throughout his entire career, Henry continues his artistic career with various classes, hoping to try Sculpture and Cinematography by the end of the year. Going into his second year, Henry has decided to pursue an Economics and Environmental Policy major as a College Echols Scholar, with the intent of continuing his photograph passion along the entire way.

George Schwartz

George Schwartz, Music

George Schwartz is a graduate of Osbourn Park Senior High School and the newly established Governor School @ Innovation Park. In these respective institutions, he graduated as valedictorian of his class and received high praise, including a presentation at BAE systems for his project involving lasers measuring micron sized particles. Besides his academics, George has been playing piano for twelve years. During this time, he was privileged enough to perform in Carnegie Hall, be a finalist in Duquesne’s National Piano Competition, and a participant of various prestigious camps including, Tanglewood, Eastern School of Music, Music Horizons at Eastman, and Schlern’s International Music Festival. Throughout his piano studies, he has studied with professors including Douglas Humphreys, Boaz Sharon, Anna Balakerskaia, and Ya-ting Chang. For the future, George intends to continue his music studies at the University of Virginia under the Arts Scholar Program and pursue a major in Physics and Chemistry as a College Science Scholar.

Margaret Via

Margaret Via, Studio Art

Margaret is in her fourth year at the University of Virginia, majoring in Studio Art, with a concentration in Printmaking and a DMP candidate. She enjoys the expansive practice of printmaking and still has lots to learn. Art making makes for great community, and she is glad she has been apart of this one. Her work has been shown at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA.

J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars, Class of 2015

Olivia Bona

Olivia Bona, Music

Olivia Bona is from Atlanta, Georgia and has been playing the oboe for 9 years. She is the current Vice President of the Miller Arts Scholars and is very honored to hold this position. Olivia is a double major in music and government. She has studied oboe performance with such internationally renowned oboists as Hansjörg Schellenberger, Alex Klein, John Ferillo, Richard Kilmer, Elizabeth Koch, and Elaine Douvas. Further, Olivia has performed under the batons of such conductors as Larry Rachleff, Keith Lockhart, Kate Tamarkin and the Grammy winning Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles. Olivia has also had the pleasure to perform with the Ash Lawn Opera Company, the Virginia Oratorio Society and the University Singers Orchestra. Olivia continues her studies in music with Aaron Hill, a professor at the University of Virginia.

Mary Davis

Mary Davis, Drama

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Reston, Virginia, Mary Davis has been lucky enough to be surrounded by a rich community of the arts. Fast forward some years, and now Mary is a second-year Art Scholar for her work in theatre. She has performed in UVa student groups and the Drama Department, South Lakes high school, and the DC metropolitan area. Recently she has taken part in two devised works that were performed in New York City! Empty Cups was a devised work by UVa drama students, for which Mary wrote, directed, and acted. Less than a month later, she traveled to New York to do videography work for N'a pas un gramme de charisme, a performance art piece by Claude Wampler. Other recent shows include Rhinoceros, Much Ado About Nothing with Reckless Bard Productions, The Music Man with First Years Players, "Mr. Paradise" at the Georgetown University Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, Our Town, Les Misérables, the Laramie Project, and Anything Goes. In 2010, she won a Cappie award for Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Eponine in Les Misérables. Summer 2012, Mary had a brief internship at The Studio Theatre in D.C. For her senior project in IB Theatre, she co-wrote and co-directed a one-act musical titled "May the Best Tween Win." Additionally, she has helped make several short films and is currently an executive member of the Filmmakers' Society at UVa. Summer 2013, Mary is elated to work with Sarah, Brigid, and Rachel on a service project in Kigali, Rwanda sponsored by the Center for Global Health. Her (tentative) plan is to be a Global Development Studies and Drama double major.

Elena Dimitri

Elena Dimitri, Dance

Elena Dimitri is an Arts Scholar for dance. She is working toward a double major in Elementary Education and American Studies with a concentration in race and ethnicity as well as a minor in Dance. Currently she is President of the Arts Scholars Student Board. She also enjoys her role as the publicity chair for UVA’s Dance Committee. Within the dance department, she enjoys choreographing for and performing in the Experimental Dance Concerts each semester. In addition to her participation in the dance concerts, she attended the American College Dance Festival (2012), and has worked with guest artists including Susan Weisner and Christopher Morgan. Other dance involvement includes the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in NYC and interning with Claude Wampler during the production of her performance entitled “N'a pas un gramme de charisma,” performed at The Kitchen in NYC. Her dance training began through the School of Richmond Ballet where she also participated in their Minds in Motion Program. Elena attended Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology where she danced in Spring Concerts, Senior Showcases, and Annual Galas. She received recognition in both performance and choreography. She performed in the National High School Dance Festivals held in Miami (2010) and Norfolk (2011), and she attended numerous Summer Intensive Programs at the Richmond Ballet and the Boston Conservatory. She hopes to continue to evolve technically and creatively as a UVA Art Scholar.

Rebecca Galt

Rebecca Galt, Dance

Rebecca Marie Galt is currently a third year College Arts Scholar for Dance. Before coming to the University of Virginia, she attended New World School of the Arts for dance in Miami, FL. Some of the highlights of her high school dance experience include performing Psalms, a José Limón piece restaged by Bambi Anderson, taking part in the National High School Dance Festival, where she performed Robert Battle's Battlefield, and being selected to perform a student-choreographed piece during YoungArts Week. Rebecca has continued dancing at UVA and is very involved in the dance program. She has performed in the dance program's concerts every semester, which includes works created by faculty, students, and guest choreographers. Rebecca also has had the opportunity to attend and perform at the American College Dance Festival, ACDFA. She is a member of the Virginia Dance Company and was assistant choreographer for First Year Players' production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Out of the studio Rebecca is the treasurer of Dance Committee, the dance representative for the Miller Arts Scholars, and a member of Student Council's Arts Committee, where she serves as an advocate for the arts around grounds. She is majoring in Psychology and works as a Research Assistant in the Social Behavior and Decisions Lab. Rebecca plans on attending Medical School and being a supporter of the arts for the rest of her life.

Ava Lonergan

Ava Lonergan, Studio Art

Ava Lonergan is a Studio Art major concentrating in Photography. She hopes to go to grad school to pursue graphic design later on. In the meantime, she absolutely loves her photography classes and can easily spend hours in the darkroom or the digital lab. She's currently a co-Historian for the Arts Scholars, working on documenting events and updating the blog. Aside from photography, she has a love of gardening and can be found volunteering at the UVa Community Garden and the Morven Kitchen Garden. She attended high school at Woodberry Forest School in Madison, Virginia, where she was the editor-in-chief of the school's literary-arts magazine, The Talon. She took over the layout design, which is where her love of graphic design began. In 2010 the magazine won a gold medal and highly selective Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in addition to winning first place for overall design in the literary magazine category. Her photography and artwork can be seen here: and her final issue of The Talon can be seen here:

Ronald Middleton

Ronald Middleton, Drama

Ronald Middleton is an Arts Scholar within the department of Drama at the University of Virginia. He was born in Richmond, Virginia. He's been a performer since he was little, performing songs around the house and even impressing the local shopping mall clown with his humor. He moved to a suburb of Columbus, Ohio at the age of 7 and soon after began taking singing, acting, and piano lessons. By the age of 10 he had written his first song and at 13 began dabbling in the art of music production. The summer before 9th grade, Ronald was accepted into the American Idol Summer Camp in Massachusetts where he was given the opportunity to train with top acting and vocal coaches as well as contestants from the show. At the age of 14, he and his family returned to Richmond, where he began attending Henrico County Public Schools’ Center for the Arts, his concentration being Musical Theatre. At the center, he performed in many showcases and shows, including West Side Story, The Crucible and The Diary of Anne Frank (in partnership with the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Partners in the Arts). During his sophomore year of high school he was given the chance to put his on-camera training to the test by being in a regional commercial for a haunted attraction. In addition to being a well-rounded performer, Ronald is also a model, having done shoots with photographers from both Virginia and Los Angeles. After graduating from the University he hopes to move to New York City to pursue a career as a music recording artist/staff writer, as well as to do some stage work and commercial modeling ...hopefully reaching Broadway as well!

Julia Pedrick

Julia Pedrick, Studio Art

Julia Pedrick is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended high school at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Julia has studied art since her freshman year of high school, and has participated in other art forms such as chorus and the study of art history. Julia has taken many types of studio art, and although she has experimented with other mediums, has found a calling in drawing and painting. Julia was featured in many local student shows in the Bryn Mawr area, and regularly participated in her high school’s shows. Julia’s favorite medium is charcoal, and she loves to draw portraits of people and interesting still lifes, but has also done many oil paintings. In her first year at UVA, Julia took a Drawing I course that challenged and matured her drawing technique. In the Fall, her submission for the University's Homecomings Mural won, and she created a 72 foot long chalk mural on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. She participated in the Arts Student Society's club and student winter show, and also participated in volunteer portraits of orphans in South America. During the summer after her first year, she studied abroad in Siena, Italy, focusing her studies on Italian, but in particular Art History. In her second year, Julia declared double majors in Psychology and Studio Art. In the fall and winter of her second year, Julia created a sculptural piece for the Open Doors exhibit at The Garden in Charlottesville that opened in February 2013. During the summer after her second year, Julia worked as an intern in the Art Ability program, an annual art show for exclusively disabled artists, at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Pennsylvania. There she worked on curatorial and administrative aspects of art, from writing bios to meeting with artists to curating a small exhibit. In her third year, Julia will continue working for the Student Docents at the Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and plans on experimenting in different mediums such as sculpture and printmaking. She hopes to continue to find links and inspiration from studying psychology and studio art simultaneously.

Alex Rafala

Alex Rafala, Drama

Alex was raised in Culpeper, Virginia. He developed an interest for theater during middle school and has since acted in many school and community shows. Alex quickly jumped into the UVA theater scene upon arriving in 2011. Since then, he has acted in five shows. During his first semester, he sang in the quartet in the First Year Players’ production of The Music Man. His Drama Department credits include Romeo and Juliet, Georg in Spring Awakening, and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You: the inaugural production of the Ruth Caplin Theater. In the winter between his third and fourth semesters, Alex traveled to New York City to act Off Off Broadway in Empty Cups, an original play written, directed, and performed by UVA graduate and undergraduate students. This past summer he studied acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York City. This year he has been cast to play George Ackleberg (Aslaksen) in Professor Doug Grissom’s adaption of An Enemy of the People. Alex will continue to act in shows at UVA. He wants to explore playwriting, screenwriting, and directing as well. Alex is majoring in Drama.

Erica Ruth

Erica Ruth, Studio Art

Being from a Navy family, Erica has moved ten times in her life, attending three different high schools in Chesapeake, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, and Naples, Italy. At the University of Virginia, Erica majors in Arts Administration, concentrating in Studio Art (photography) and Media Studie. Erica has been studying photography since she was 15, and continues to hone her skills in such areas as black and white dark room photography, color printing, and view camera work. In her few years at the University, Erica has developed her photography portfolio through various events, such as shadowing a local wedding photographer, documenting the Virginia Gentlemen’s 60th Anniversary Weekend, taking pictures for the Cavalier Daily, and also photographing numerous individuals from the U.Va community. In 2011, Erica’s photograph of Venetian gondolas was chosen to be the cover of a local shopping guide, called “Shopping on the Boot,” and currently, four of Erica’s photographs are featured in Clemons Library. Although Erica does not yet know her what she wants to do after she graduates, she is confident that photography will play a substantial role in her post-graduate life. She is interested in learning more about the non-profit arts movements and about advocacy for the arts.

Christian Sahle-Selassie

Christian Sahle-Selassie, Drama

Christian was very happy when he was accepted by the University of Virginia and granted recognition as an Art Scholar for Drama. He was excited by the opportunity to know the other Art Scholars, to be exposed to different forms of art, and to learn from their individual talents. At Elstree School in the UK, he played the parts "Fizzy" - in Bugsy Malone; and "Jesus" - in Jesus Christ Superstar. While studying at Wellington College in the UK, Christian had Drama and Music lessons for 5 years. He played the part of "Batista" - in The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare"; as "Richie" - in A Chorus Line; "Roberto Miranda" - in Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman; and as "Othello" - in Othello by William Shakespeare". In the production of “Othello”, Christian represented Wellington College on a tour of the Far East, which included Beijing, Honk Hong, Ho Chi Min City and Singapore. Christian's Awards include: the "Bronze Medal with Distinction"; the "Silver Medal with Merit"; and the "Gold Medal with Distinction" from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Wellington College also gave him an "Award of Colors for Contribution to Arts", as well as "The John D Gold Award for Performing Arts". Upon graduation from the College, Christian was accepted by the Oxford School of Drama, Oxfordshire. Christian plans to learn as much as he can about Drama and Films while at UVA. He is also interested in studying English Literature.

Thomas Scheevel

Thomas Scheevel, Music

A third year physics major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas Scheevel is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer hailing from Grand Junction, Colorado. He plays clarinets, saxophones, keyboards, and many other wind instruments. The main focus of his recent work is on electronic and electro-acoustic dance music and film score. He has done film scores for several short films, as well as the documentary "The Problem with Route 29," which premiered in April 2013. Another current project is the prototyping of a new member of the clarinet family, with expanded tonal and expressive ability- the instrument is in the process of being adjusted for intonation. Currently, he plays in the Cavalier Marching Band and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble. He has played with the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra and the UVA Wind Ensemble.

Sarah Sherman

Sarah Sherman, Music

Sarah Sherman is thrilled to be part of the community here! As she applied to the University of Virginia she submitted an arts supplement of vocal performance and was selected as an Arts Scholar. Singing is “her art," or the area she represents within the Arts Scholars. She trained for three and a half years in high school and has concentrated on classical voice. She hopes to pursue a degree in music and perhaps something else at the University of Virginia. In high school Sarah enthusiastically participated in athletics such as soccer, track, and swimming. However, she also participated during her junior and senior years in VMEA All-State choir and Virginia Honors Choir as a Soprano I. These experiences and the people she met gave her an incredible passion for music and singing.