LSM Newswire

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Announce Scholarship Recipients

PORTLAND, Maine The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, administrators of the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship Fund, recently named this year's scholarship recipients. The four scholarships will be officially awarded at the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar concert on Tuesday, April 15th, 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium.

Any student of the organ, orchestral instruments or voice who is a resident of greater Portland, including Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham and Cumberland, and who is between the ages of 10-18 (grades 4-12) or 19-25 is eligible for the scholarship. There are four recipients for 2008, receiving $100-$1,000 each, for additional music education. In addition, there are two Honorable Mentions:

  • Nell Britton, a sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School, received a scholarship. She has studied piano for 6 years and is a student of Robert Glover.
  • Henry Kramer is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School (class of '05) and is currently a third year student at The Juilliard School in New York City. Henry has studied piano for 8 years and was awarded a scholarship. He currently studies with Julian Martin.
  • Jiyeon Kim is a Junior at Deering High School is Portland. Jiyeon received a scholarship. She has studied piano for 6 years and currently studies under Barbara Payson.
  • Benjamin Jones is a ninth grade student at Yarmouth High School. Ben was awarded a scholarship. He has studied violin for 8 years and is taught by Ronald Lantz.
  • Aaron Dobieski received an Honorable Mention. Aaron is a 5th-grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School. He studies piano with Elizabeth Manduca and has been playing for 5 years.
  • Evan Moore also received an Honorable Mention. He is a 6th-grader at Lincoln Middle School. His piano teacher is Liz Manduca. Evan has been studying piano for 4 years.

The Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship was established in 1911 by Mrs. Herman Kotzschmar to "aid in the musical education of such pupil or pupils, of marked ability." FOKO administers the auditions and presents the awards.

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ was founded in 1981 as a result of the city of Portland's need to withdraw funding for the organ due to financial limitations. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Kotzschmar, FOKO's responsibilities include raising funds, presenting concerts and engaging the services of a Municipal Organist.

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