2011 Sam Pitcher Scholarship Recipients Announced
January 25, 2011
2011 Sam Pitcher Scholarship Winners
Thomas Varela plays the French horn and sings. He is also involved in tap and jazz dance. Thomas enjoys performing in concerts and theater. He hopes to work professionally in the arts as an adult.
Jillianne Fazakerley plays piano, trumpet and trombone. She has been selected for Southeast Honor Band and All Alaska Jazz Band. Jillianne also performs music at her church and hopes to be able to continue this mission.
Abigail Sweetman sings, plays flute, tenor saxophone, and oboe. Abigail is the only freshman in Kayhi’s Wind Ensemble. She hopes to continue to improve on all her instruments, especially the oboe which she has just recently started playing.
Treva Widness sings, plays piano, clarinet and bass. She wants to improve and be exposed to different music perspectives in Sitka. In the future, she hopes to attend college with a major in music performance.
The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Fund was started following Sam’s death in 2003 at age 16. Sam’s passion was music. He participated in all the Kayhi and McPherson bands as well as The Rubber Band. Sam attended both The Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. The scholarships are for Ketchikan students in grades 7 – 12 to attend summer music programs like the ones Sam enjoyed.
Two $500 scholarships were first awarded in 2004. Since then 33 scholarships have been awarded. The primary fundraiser for the scholarships is the Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert, “An Evening of Jazz, Blues and Rock,” which usually takes place in early December. Tax deductible donations can be made to the fund at any time in care of The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Association, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901. The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the KAAHC. Sam’s parents and 7 others serve on the advisory committee.
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