2013 Sam Pitcher Scholarship Recipients Selected
January 28, 2013
Left to right, Kaileigh Krosse, Lora Starr,
Hana Lee Oshima has studied classical piano, and alto saxophone in both Ketchikan and Kanayama, Japan. She was recently selected for Southeast Honor band. She hopes to continue to be involved with music in some way throughout her life.
Kayleigh Krosse plays piano and violin. She previously received a scholarship to attend Cornish University Summer Orchestra in Seattle, WA, and played first violin in the orchestra for Ketchikan’s fall musical. She plans to pursue musical studies in college.
Lora Starr Plays trumpet and is learning piano and trombone. She plays with both the Kayhi Jazz Band and McPherson’s Soundwaves. Lora hopes to continue learning new instruments, and hopes to continue her music studies in college.
As in past years the committee had yet again a difficult time choosing this year's scholarship winners from a number of high quality applicants. The committee strongly encourages those who were not chosen this year to re-apply next year. Six people in addition to Sam’s parents are members of this advisory committee. Ketchikan is so lucky to have such a strong music program with so many dedicated youth participating!
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. In this 10th year, the number of scholarships awarded total 43, which results in an excess of $20,000 being distributed to recipients. 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.
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