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Frederick County students earn music scholarships

November 24, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. - The Community Foundation of Frederick County recently awarded music scholarships to area elementary, middle and high school students. Each scholarship has a specific purpose and offers residents a chance to continue vocal or instrumental training.

The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, which offers scholarships to Frederick County residents in kindergarten through 11th grade for private instruction in vocal or instrumental music performance, was awarded for the 2008-09 academic year to:

o Carrie Holter, a sophomore at Middletown High School, who attends violin lessons daily and participates in the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra.

o Peter Kordell, a home-schooled senior from the Monrovia area, who plays the violin for his church and community orchestras.

o Susan Lee, a junior at Urbana High School, who plays the piano and has played for the Urbana High School band, as well as for the Frederick Children's Chorus.

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o Alicia Rodgers, a sixth-grader at Brunswick Middle School, who plays the piano and has auditioned for membership in the National Federation of Student Musicians.

The Eleanor Harper Music Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to elementary, middle and high school students who demonstrate talent and a commitment to pursuing vocal or instrumental music performance, as well as 18- to 22-year-olds who take private lessons to enhance career opportunities in these fields.

The award went to:

o Laken Weaver, a Thurmont Middle School student who takes private voice and piano lessons. She is also a member of the Thurmont Middle School Show Choir and Chorus.

The Courtney Muse Music Scholarship provides scholarships to students who are in need of financial assistance to pursue training in vocal or instrumental performance, and is made possible through The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund.

Recipients for the 2008-09 academic year are:

o Andrew Derr, a home-schooled student in the Mount Airy area who takes weekly piano lessons. Andrew shares his talents by playing for local nursing homes.

o Carolyn Diaz, a third-grade student at Yellow Springs Elementary School who plays the piano and participates in the Maryland State Ensemble.

o Ryan Voell, a freshman at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School who takes drum lessons and participates in the Thomas Johnson Marching Band, Jazz Band and the Frederick Community College Percussion Ensemble.

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