Hyechka Club of Tulsa

Announces its 2021 Scholarship Winners

March 21, 2021

Miriam Spindler Lynch Piano Scholarship for High School Juniors ($500)
Kayla Cao, piano (student of Thomas Lanners)

Zula A. Burkhart String Scholarship for High School Seniors ($4,000)
Addison Darby, cello (student of Kari Caldwell)

Hyechka Vocal Scholarship for High School Seniors ($4,000)
Travis Guillory, tenor (student of Candy Coonfield)

Jane Heard Clinton Scholarship for High School Seniors ($6,000)
Anthony Tan, piano (student of Gloria Johnson)

Robert Heckman Memorial Collegiate Orchestral Scholarship
Second place ($1,000): Corey Burton, trombone (student of Paul Compton)
First place ($1,500): Jordan Davenport, bass trombone (student of Paul Compton)

Laven Sowell Collegiate Vocal Scholarship
Second place ($1,000): Abigail Christine Williams, soprano (student of Judith Raiford)
First place ($1,500): Jessi Rhinehart, soprano (student of Judith Raiford)

Patti Johnson Wilson Collegiate Piano Scholarship
Second place ($1,000): Cole Cribbs, piano (student of Stuart Deaver)
First place ($2,000): Elizabeth Grice, piano (student of Heather Lanners)

Kayla Cao, piano (student of Thomas Lanners)

Kayla Cao

Kayla Cao is a junior at Jenks High School. She received a full scholarship at age six at the Barthelmes Conservatory, where she studied with Tatyana Lantos. She graduated from Barthelmes in 2017 and is studying with Dr. Thomas Lanners, a professor at Oklahoma State University. Ms. Cao has won numerous piano competitions, including the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, Gilliam Competition, Meinders Competition, 2018 Steinway Competition, Music Teachers National Association Oklahoma Junior and Senior Competitions, and many more. In her spare time, Ms. Cao loves to sing. She has been an All-State singer for three years.

Addison Darby, cello (student of Kari Caldwell)

Addison Darby

Addison Darby is a senior at Union High School and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall. She began to play cello in sixth grade at Union Public Schools and is now principal cellist in the Union High School orchestra and Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra. She participated in the Tulsa Youth preparatory orchestra for two years and concert orchestra for one year and is in her third year in the symphony orchestra. Ms. Darby attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in person in 2019 and virtually in 2020. She also played in the All-State orchestra in 2020 and participated virtually in 2021. Ms. Darby enjoys spending time with her parents, two younger brothers, and puppy Wally. In her free time, she likes to garden, go on long bike rides, and read a good book.

Travis Guillory, tenor (student of Candy Coonfield)

Travis Guillory

Travis Guillory is a senior at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up singing in church, but he began serious musical study at age fourteen with Cheray Smith and Candy Coonfield. Under Mrs. Coonfield's direction, he has performed in his school’s select vocal ensemble and at numerous venues as a soloist. Guillory was a featured soloist in the Carnegie Hall Honors Chorus. He received third place at the National Association of Techers of Singing Texoma Regional (classical division) and won the Grady-Rayam Prize Negro Spiritual Competition. Guillory enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including spirituals, classical music, and musical theater. He plans to pursue a vocal performance degree in college.

Anthony Tan, piano (student of Gloria Johnson)

Anthony Tan

Anthony Tan, the son of Zhimei Liang and Chibing Tan, is a high school senior at the Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics. He has studied piano since age four. His love for piano led him to explore several other instruments, such as the trombone and violin. In college, he plans to continue his music education by pursuing a minor in piano performance. Afterward, he wants to stay involved in the piano community, encouraging new students to grasp the beauty of music.

Corey Burton, trombone (student of Paul Compton)

Corey Burton

Corey Burton is a master of music performance major and graduate teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and Trombone Ensemble. Burton, originally from Beggs, Oklahoma, is a graduate of East Central University.

Jordan Davenport, bass trombone (student of Paul Compton)

Jordan Davenport

Jordan Davenport, originally from Flower Mound, Texas, is a senior music performance major at Oklahoma State University. He won first prize in the 2021 National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and was featured during the 2021 American Trombone Workshop Virtual Conference on April 3, 2021. Davenport was also a prizewinner of the 2019 and 2020 Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Brass Solo Competitions, and he placed fifth in the 2020 International Trombone Association Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Excerpts Competition. In 2019, he was a member of the OSU Trombone Octet that won first prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Ginger Turner Brass Ensemble Competition, and he performed with the OSU Trombone Ensemble at the American Trombone Workshop and the Trombonanza Festival in Santa Fe, Argentina. Davenport earned a bass trombone position for the 2020 and 2021 Eastern Music Festival, and he has participated in the Southeast Trombone Symposium, Georgia Trombone Summit, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Davenport will pursue a master of music degree in performance at Manhattan School of Music next year, where his primary teacher will be George Curran, bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.

Abigail Christine Williams, soprano (student of Judith Raiford)

Abigail Christine Williams is a junior vocal performance major pursuing a bachelor of music degree at the University of Tulsa. She has been an Irish dancer for sixteen years and has studied classical voice for four years. At TU, Ms. Williams has sung under the direction of Dr. Kim Childs in the Cappella Chamber Singers and has performed in TU Opera Theatre productions under the direction of Brady McElligott. Last summer, she attended Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills, directed by Martha Sharp. Ms. Williams was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Oklahoma District Competition in 2018. She will continue to study vocal performance in graduate school.

Jessi Rhinehart, soprano (student of Judith Raiford)

Jessi Rhinehart

Jessi Rhinehart is a junior vocal performance major at the University of Tulsa. She is in the Cappella Chamber Singers, TU Opera Theatre, and TU conducting program. She also sings in a church choir. Ms. Rhinehart plans to attend graduate school for a degree in vocal performance or conducting.

Cole Cribbs, piano (student of Stuart Deaver)

Cole Cribbs

Cole Cribbs is a sophomore piano performance major at the University of Tulsa. He has always been interested in creating music, whether interpreting Bach or performing an original composition. He enjoys all types of music, from the Notorious B.I.G. to Bartók, and tries to draw influence from everything he listens to and studies. Cribbs is so grateful for the opportunity to study and create music. He hopes that in the future, he can continue to learn, teach, and provide opportunities for everyone to take part in music.

Elizabeth Grice, piano (student of Heather Lanners)

Elizabeth Grice

Elizabeth Grice is a sophomore piano performance major at Oklahoma State University. She began her musical journey on flute when she was seven years old and switched to piano three years later. For the first eight years of her piano study, she studied with Mahlon Halleck. In high school, she won the Meinders Piano Competition, Ladies Music Club high school division, and Hyechka Club of Tulsa scholarship. She won the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association high school competition for three consecutive years. Ms. Grice won the concerto competition at OSU in February 2021. She plays in the OSU Wind Ensemble and has participated in master classes directed by Anne-Marie McDermott, Eric Huebner, and David Forbat.


Hyechka Club scholarship committee

Patricia Duncan, chairman 
Nancy Henry Carleton James Pope Kingsley


Hyechka Club of Tulsa

Founded October 20, 1904
Tulsa, Creek Nation,
Indian Territory


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