Nurturing Living Connections, Early Childhood through Grade 12

2015 Award Recipients

Talya Phelps headshotTalya Phelps

Talya Phelps (HVS ’15) has already distinguished herself as an accomplished musician. Anyone who has heard the fluid ease with which she plays the recorder knows the depth of her musical talent. She has also been teaching music to children after school during her senior year. The Henriette Reis Award will help her to attend the Amherst Early Music Festival this summer to pursue her work on recorder. Talya writes of the Early Music Festival, “I will have the opportunity to be coached by world-call recorder players, including Saskia Coolen and Reine-Marie Verhagen, and I will have the chance to play in recorder ensembles on authentic period instruments.”

Jonah SimonakJonah Simonak

After graduating from HVS in 2010, Jonah Simonak attended Hampshire College, where his senior theses consisted of a series of short stories. Since then, he has been interning at a book publisher and writing fiction. He is applying to Brooklyn College for his MFA in writing. Of his thesis project Jonah said, “I wrote a collection of interconnected short stories, which I paired with original and found photographs. I chose to pair image and text in the hope of propelling the stories from fictional musings into texts that felt like real documents, and that existed in a real world unlike our own.”

Ezra Glatt for Henriette Reiss AwardEzra Glatt – Special Recognition

Ezra Glatt (HVS ’13) says that it was as an HVS senior that he discovered his all-consuming passion for music. While working on his senior project – learning the finger style guitar of Chet Atkins and designing and building an electric bass guitar – he realized that his true direction was performance and song composition. His album Wilber Forest was self-produced at Old Soul Studios in Catskill and included songs that Ezra wrote during his senior year, at his university year at Kings College in Halifax, and in the following summer. All of the songs on the album are composed and arranged by Ezra.