Andrieu McKee Award Recital: Alexa Thanos & Reece Owens / Alexa Thanos Junior Recital, Piano
In memory of Paul Andrieu, this annual scholarship is awarded to a Junior to help fund the senior year in preparing for a career in piano performance or piano education. The Scholarship is furnished by the Ross McKee Foundation. The Foundation has its beginnings in the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco founded by Ross McKee. Upon Mr. McKee’s death, the Institute closed and the property was sold. From the sale of the property, The Ross McKee Foundation for the Musical Arts was created to continue Mr. McKee’s legacy of supporting young Bay Area Musicians.
About the Artists
Alexa Thanos is a transfer student studying at San Francisco State University with Dr. Victoria Neve. Though this is only her third year of formal classical piano training, she is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. She began her study of piano with Professor Jane Jackson from College of San Mateo, while completing Associates degrees in both Math and Accounting. Before college, Alexa led a musical life all through her public school years, thanks entirely to her musically enthusiastic parents. She began teaching across various instruments at sixteen and hasn’t taken more than a semester’s break since. Through college, she is pursuing as much music theory (invariably her favorite pen-and-paper class), composition, and music history as she can while primarily focusing on performance.
Originally from Fresno, Reece Owens, recently completed the first semester of his Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in piano performance as a student of Professor Roger Woodward D.Mus. He is currently music director of the First Congregational Church of the San Francisco United Church of Christ. He is also a proficient organist, choral director, performer of chamber music. In addition to his studies Reece works full-time as Maître d' at a leading San Francisco restaurant. His aim is to conduct great orchestras and to that end, already completed early training with a student of the legendary British conductor Sir Adrian Boult. He performs Bach organ works, is currently studying Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 and a range of piano and orchestral works by contemporary American and European composers.