Deborah Beene Memorial Scholarship winners to perform

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By Special to the Monitor

At 2 p.m. June 13, Fuller Lodge again will resonate with music when eight recipients of the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarships during the last 10 years will perform a variety of musical offerings for the public. Admission is free.


The concert will feature two winners of this year’s competition – pianist David Li, who won first prize, and violinist Jin Park, who won third prize.

The recipient of the second prize was clarinetist Shannon Burns. In last year’s competition, Park’s performance as a pianist garnered him a share of the top prize.

Joining Li and Park will be winners from the past nine years – pianist Catherine Chen (2007, 2008); pianist Nathan Salazar (2005); mezzo-soprano Kristen Sussman (2003, 2005); flutist Andrew Steward (2004); French horn player Dan Nebel (2003, 2004); and mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom (2000, 2001, 2002).

Walstrom’s performance in Los Alamos is courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera.

Walstrom is singing in the operas’ summer productions.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos annually awards Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarships to qualified high school student musicians in Los Alamos County.  Selection is based on the quality of musical performance demonstrated at the annual public competition.

Former Rotarian Don Beene and his wife Sara established the scholarship in memory of their daughter Deborah, a budding musical talent, who died in her early teens in 1973.  

Rotarians, Los Alamos National Bank, community members and the Beene family endowment contribute to each year’s scholarships. This year’s first-prize award includes $1,200 to support future musical studies.

For more information about the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarships, contact Ed Van Eeckhout at 662-5445 or Brian Newnam at 662-9679. Also see the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Web site at www.losalamos.org/rotary.