Eleven-year-old Angel is the son of Marcos and Luz Alcala and is a student at the Fulton Learning Center in Rockport. He started his piano studies as a 7-year-old with CPMTA member Mihee Heil of Rockport. He has been a Whitlock Theory Gold Medalist for the past three years and was a finalist in the Houston Forum Young Artist Piano Competition in 2008. He also received 3rd Place in his division this year at the Fort Worth Music Teachers piano solo competition and was named “Outstanding Performer” in 2009. Angel has been a gold medalist as a TMTA All-Star performer, performed for the Corpus Christi Music Club and at the Rockport Center of Art as a Budding Artist in 2008 and 2009. He was also selected to perform in CPMTA Honor’s Recitals.
The Josephine Canfield Scholarship was established in 1978 in honor of Josephine Canfield of George West for her devotion and dedicated service in the teaching and promotion of Fine Arts in Live Oak County. The scholarship fund was endowed by Wilma Herring of Three Rivers and is dedicated to the encouragement, promotion, study and performance of music as a fine art. The scholarship is presented annually to worthy music students and teachers who wish to continue their music education through study, teaching and performance.
Angel used his Josephine Canfield scholarship in July to attend the National Piano Institute for Young Artists, sponsored by Southern Methodist University in Dallas.