Bloomfield Hills High School is proud to announce the Music and Art winners and alternates for the 2022 Traub Awards: Amalia Liakonis (Art); Samantha Bekolay (Music); Isabella Brown (Art Alternate); and Isabella Ashtari (Music Alternate). With a total of nine Art candidates and seven Music candidates from the Class of 2022, these talented students created extensive portfolios, auditioned, and wrote personal essays sharing their passion for the arts.
This year’s candidates for the Art Award included:
- Mateo Bartlett
- Ana Gutierrez Fernandez
- Lina Hashimoto
- Lillian Kiesel
- Ava Matthes
- J Cooper Smith
- Abigail Watters
The Music candidates included:
Our community is proud of all the Traub candidates for their impressive artistic and musical abilities!
For 64 years, the Traub Award has been an important cornerstone in the arts of Bloomfield Hills Schools. This wonderful gift enables recipients, one each year in Art and Music, to travel abroad and experience the rich culture and deep history of European countries. The purpose of the scholarship is to contribute to the general cultural enrichment of the recipients. Past recipients have shared that they return with a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of their field of interest.
At this year’s awards ceremony, it was a beautiful return to pre-pandemic celebrations, with performances by the Bloomfield Chorale, the Jills, and the Symphony Orchestra. Art candidates had their amazing works displayed on screen, and segments of the Music candidates’ recorded audition pieces were played. Lucy Bates, the granddaughter of Robert and Elizabeth Traub, was present to share the history of the Traub Award and explained that a generous, anonymous gift was given to the Traub Trust Fund this year to boost the funding for this amazing travel grant.
Bates shared with the audience, “I was ten years old in 1957 when the first competition was held. I remember it well because my father was the President of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board. My grandmother Elizabeth established the scholarship in memory of her husband, Robert Traub. Their shared love for art and music made a travel scholarship for Europe an appropriate, if a most unusual gift, to Bloomfield Hills High School. Sixty-four years is a long time for such an award to continue! Thanks to the support of our anonymous donor, the competition now continues, revitalized in its promised way. The arts are a universal language. Use your voice. Continue creating to make a richer and more joyful life for yourself and those around you.”
Bates participated as one of the seven jurors on the adjudication committee. The committee reviews applications and essays and interviews the candidates. Also of note, this year's Art adjudication panel included Cecily Myers, a former Traub Art winner from 2013. Myers is a working artist and an Art Director at McCann NYC in Manhattan and also has a personal website. As an example of yet another past Traub Award recipient who is prominent in the field of music, check out the biography of Allegra Lilly, Principal Harpist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra!