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Up and coming artists: Valley's Friends of the Performing Arts honor teens, Antone
An up-and-coming Valley actress, student of jazz and folk musician are the latest locals to get recognition from scene boosters with the Snoqualmie Valley Friends of the Performing Arts.
The performing arts group named Taylor Pearlstein and Matt Bumgardner, two Mount Si High School students, as its quarterly Rising Stars. Mike Antone is the group's featured artist.
The SVFPA Rising Star Award is given quarterly to a young artist between the ages of 14 and 18 who demonstrates exceptional talent and performance potential, plus a commitment to art.
Pearlstein is a junior at Mount Si High School. She began enjoying music in 7th grade, writing songs on guitar and ukulele. In her freshman year, Taylor became involved in choir and theatre, earning the prominent role of “Schwarzy” in the MSHS musical production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” For her outstanding performance, Taylor received a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress” in the 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards. Si
Pearlstein is a Drama Club officer and teaches musical theatre locally at Big Star Studios. She plans to continue her involvement in productions and programs at The 5th Avenue Theatre,
as well as auditioning for programs at Village Theatre. Taylor is highly esteemed by her drama coach and choir director, Ryan Harris, who comments, “Her high level of talent is also matched by an equally high work ethic, and spirit of team membership that make her an asset to any program that is fortunate enough to have her in the ensemble. Taylor brings an energy and positive
mentality into the rehearsal environment that is a blessing to work with. I am so delighted she is receiving this much deserved award.”
Pearlstein plans to continue acting and singing, and is excited to see where it takes her.
Bumgardner is a senior at Mount Si High School. He began performing on cello at the age of 8, switching to the trombone in middle school. A member of the MSHS Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, Bumgardner was selected to the State of Washington Music Educators Association all-state jazz band on two occasions and has been awarded numerous soloist awards for performances
at high school jazz festivals. Matt was selected for participation in the prestigious Brubeck Summer Jazz colony held at the Brubeck Institute in California in August 2011 and was the lead trombonist in the Jazz Band of America for both 2010 and 2011.
This year, Bumgardner was selected for the prestigious Grammy Jazz Camp. Matt performs weekly at Boxley’s Jazz Club in North Bend. Next year he will be attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.
SVPA gives its Featured Artist award quarterly to local performing artists who demonstrates exceptional talent and professionalism and make a significant contribution to the performing arts scene in the Valley.
Antone is a Valley resident who comes from a musical family. He now performs with the Left Coast Gypsies, Satellite by Night, and Camelia Jade, in addition to solo
appearances. Antone’s work caught the attention of the renowned singer/song- writer Neil Young, who featured three of the Valley man's protest songs on his Living With War Today website. Antone can be seen every Wednesday at “open mic” at the Black Dog in Snoqualmie. His band, Satellite by Night has a new album out which is a live
recording from KEXP’s radio show, Sonarchy. The Left Coast Gypsies are currently working on a full length studio album which will be completed this year and are scheduled to appear at Railroad Days in August. For more information please visit www.mikeantone.com.