Malibu Optimist Hosts Third Annual Instrumental Music Festival • The Malibu Times

Family, friends and community members heard the talent of 12 instrumental music students from Malibu High and Malibu Middle School for the third annual Malibu Optimist Instrumental Music Festival. The event took place on Zoom and in person on Tuesday, May 24 at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

Students performed solos on their instruments for first, second, and third place in four categories: middle school strings, middle school winds, high school strings, and high school winds.

The program included four guest soloists representing last year’s first-place winners: Lulu Goode, grade eight flute; Vivian Griffin-Jassby, seventh-grade violin; Tess O’Neill, grade 12 oboe; and Axel Griswold Grade 11 violin.

The prizes included cash prizes and certificates given to each soloist performing at the festival, out of 19 contestants who submitted videos for the preliminary round.

The judges for the third consecutive year were Dr. Gregory Fried and John McQuilkin, a music teacher and umpire at music festivals across the country.

The Optimist Club of Malibu runs a range of programs that students can participate in, including essay contests, public speaking contests, youth appreciation awards, scholarship programs and more.

“They do so much to support our students and we appreciate the group so much. They show our students the importance of giving back and being of service to others,” said Malibu High School Principal Patrick Miller. “We have such talented students, especially in the arts and music that are part of the fabric of Malibu. These musicians work so hard to improve their craft both during the school day and outside of it. They invest hours of practice to become better musicians and in turn become better students. Just like our student-athletes, these students deserve and thrive on opportunities to perform and compete for the public.

Miller thanked Bonnie Lockrem and the Optimist Club for providing students with the forum and platform to participate in and allowing them to showcase their talent and hard work.

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