In 2004, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival established a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a music major at the University of Rhode island. The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the URI Department of Music. Congratulations to all our recipients!

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipient!

Faares Deeb

Faares Deeb was born on October 18, 1999 in Newport, Rhode Island. He began his musical studies on violin, but switched to cello after one year.  His exposure to classical music from a young age set the precedent for a lifetime of musical appreciation and involvement.

In 2012, Faares placed first in the Rhode Island Music Educators Association All-State Festival, Junior Division; and performed in the All-State Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he again placed first in the All-State Festival, this time in the Senior Division for Orchestra. A few months later, he won the Concerto Competition at the Rhode Philharmonic Music School, and performed Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, movement one, with the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony, conducted by his then- cello instructor, Daniel Harp. In 2016 and 2018, Faares participated in the Rhode Island College Summer Strings Camp, directed by Alexei Shabalin, where he performed in masterclasses with world renowned Cellist Sergey Antonov, and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in Eb Major. In February of 2019, Faares participated in a masterclass with Cellist Sophie Shao, performing the Prelude of JS Bach’s Suite No. 5 for Solo Cello;  and the first movement of Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Trio in A minor op. 114.

Faares currently studies Cello with Theodore Mook at the University of Rhode Island, where he is pursuing a double major in Music Performance in Cello and Chemical Engineering, as well as a minor in Mathematics.

Past Scholarships Winners:


Katherine Loo is a composer and violist in the junior class at the University of Rhode Island. She is pursuing degrees in music composition and orchestral performance on viola. At URI, Katherine participates in the Symphony Orchestra and Viola Ensemble, and performs in the South County Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Brian Cardany. She is honored to be studying composition and viola with Kirsten Volness and Ann Danis, respectively.

A native of Westerly, RI, Katherine began playing viola at ten years old under the tutelage of Irene Rissi. Since then, she has participated in the Musica Dolce String Ensemble, the RIMEA All-State Junior and Senior Orchestras, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Katherine is extremely grateful to be awarded this scholarship and hopes to continue creating and performing pieces that express her love of music, because music makes the work a better place. An excerpt from Katherine's thank you letter: "Recently, I celebrated ten years of playing this September, and it seem surreal to me that half o my life has been with music and the viola. Receiving this scholarship was a wonderful surprise, and I am honored to be recognizedfor the work I do as a music major at the University of Rhode Island."


Jesse-Ray Leich is a versatile percussionist and drum set player who is a member of the senior class at the University of Rhode Island. He is pursuing a degree in Music Education and hopes to become a well-rounded teacher and performer after graduation.

Growing up in the music world of Rhode Island, Jesse-Ray has performed with various ensembles, including the Rhode Island Ocean State Youth Orchestra, the RIMEA All-State Concert Bands and Jazz Bands, the Southern New England Honors Band, the Warwick Symphony Orchestra, and the NAfME All-Eastern Ensemble. During his time at URI, Jesse-Ray has also performed with the URI Ram Marching Band as Snare Line Section Leader, the URI Big Band, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.

Jesse-Ray has had the privilege of performing under the direction of Michael Iadevaia, Toni Silveira, Catherine Gagnon, Dr. Brian Cardany, Dr. Gene Pollart, and Robert Sheldon. His private percussion teachers have also included Dean Cote, Paul Ionata, Michael Iadevaia, Peter Jeffery, Robert McEwan, and Christopher Smith.

Jesse-Ray is currently a drummer/percussionist at the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, and teaches lessons privately to students throughout the state.


Tyler James Barboza is an avid trombonist, euphoniumist, and composer, and is a member of the junior class at the University of Rhode Island, pursuing degrees in orchestral music performance and composition.

Mr. Barboza has been awarded the Semper Fidelis Award for excellence in bandsmanship and soloistic playing. He was named to the euphonium section of the New England Honors Band (2012) and the Rhode Island All-State Band (2010, 2012), and received numerous awards in small chamber groups and soloist competitions (2010-2012).

He has performed on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival with the University of Rhode Island Big Band, and made an appearance on Connecticut public access television in November 2014. As a trombonist, he has played with the Warwick Symphony Orchestra, the Wakefield Civic Band, the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Vermont Faculty Big Band, as well as the URI Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Big Band, and various chamber ensembles.

Mr. Barboza has collaborated with pianists Melissa Woolverton, Laura Hibbard and Jennifer Maxwell, as well as tubist Gary Buttery. Mr. Barboza has also performed under the direction of Dr. Gene Pollart, Dr. Brian Cardany, Mr. Steve Davis, Mr. Eugene Uman, and Ms. Ann Danis. He has studied with Benjamin Griffin, Eliane Aberdam, Gary Buttery, Christopher Lambert, Gabriel Langfur, Jamie Thorne, George Kent, and Robert Aresenault.

Mr. Barboza is currently the low brass instructor at More Than Music, a private lessons studio in North Kingston, R.I., and currently resides with his family in Warren, R.I.


Lukas Chaves began his musical studies at the age of eight as a member of his elementary school chorus in Newport, R.I. He later joined the band program in fifth grade where he began playing the trumpet. In seventh grade, he began taking private lessons under the instruction of Loren Palmer on trumpet, clarinet and flute. Chaves was admitted into the Rhode Island Junior All Sate Band in grades seven through nine on all three instruments. During his high school years, he played in the Rogers High School's jazz band and symphonic orchestra under the direction of Alan Bernstein. In grades 10 through 12, he was the principle flutist of the Rhode Island Senior All State Band.

At URI, Chaves is a double major in music and psychology. He studies flute with Susan Thomas, principle flutist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He has played in the university's marching band, concert band, symphonic orchestra, wind ensemble, flute ensemble and flute and classical guitar ensemble. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Association for Music Education and the URI Fine Arts Center Student Advisory Committee.

Over the course of his musical studies, Chaves has performed with the Jamestown Community Band and the South County Chamber Orchestra. He plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a school psychologist. He also hopes to perform and teach private lessons.


Madison Cardoza is a junior Music Performance major at the University of Rhode Island and has been studying the clarinet for 11 years.

She graduated with the class of 2011 from Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, R.I. Under the direction there of Robert Arsenault and Chris Lambert, she also gained performance experience on saxophone and oboe. Cardoza was the lead alto sax player for her high school's jazz band in grades 10 to 12. She twice played clarinet with the Rhode Island All-State Band. In 12th grade, she sang with the Rhode Island All-State Chorus, and also had a lead role, as Joanna from "Godspell," in her high school's spring musical production.

She currently studies clarinet with Kelli O'Connor, and recently gave her junior recital at URI. Besides playing the clarinet, she has also taken up secondary lessons in voice, and enjoys singing and songwriting. She plays with URI's Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Clarinet Choir, and she sings with the Concert Choir and the chamber vocal group, Lively Experiment. After graduating, Cardoza hopes to combine her love of classical and popular-style performance and composition to find her niche in the world of music.