Young musicians receive scholarships

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By Kirsten Laskey

While students prepare to be sent out into the workforce, Los Alamos Rotary Club members are hoping their time isn’t all work and no play. Therefore, the organization works to ensure a little music is included in students’ lives.

To encourage students to participate in music, Rotary hosts the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarship.

This year’s recipients are Los Alamos High School junior Catherine Chen, LAHS sophomore Cathy Lin and LAHS graduate Susan Hargreaves. Scholarships reach up to $1,000 can be used to attend a summer music camp, college or university music expenses, purchase a better instrument or go toward private music instruction.

Normally, said Ed Vaneekhout of Los Alamos Rotary Club, the organization receives 12-15 applications from freshmen to senior music students. Applicants submit a tape of their music and a committee listens to it.

Then, the committee invites seven or eight students to a live audition, he said. This year, the auditions were held May 1 at Fuller Lodge. During the auditions, students’ musicality and tone are taken into account.

A wide variety of music has been preformed during the auditions, Vaneekhout said. Everything from the xylophone, to the tuba and voice has been auditioned.

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