In addition to interactive musical presentations, OMHOF awards yearly scholarships to selected graduating Oregon high school seniors who have exhibited serious pursuit and accomplishment in their personal musicianship – and who are college-bound music majors. Recipients are publicly recognized at an award presentation where each performs onstage, demonstrating mastery of his/her instrument.
From 2007 – 2014, OMHOF awarded 26 scholarships totaling $35,500. Our recipients have been accepted to prestigious schools including Juilliard, Yale, and Brown. Feedback indicates these scholarships motivate recipients to excel, give them extra credibility at the (often intimidating) university level, and help minimize their college debt.
2014 Scholarship Winners are:
Gabriel (Gabe) Young | Ashland High School, Ashland, OR
Gabe began playing the oboe at age 10. He had played the saxophone since he was two, but wished to branch out in order to be able to play in a symphony. As fate would have it, his cousin loaned him a student model oboe right around that same time. A musical highlight of Gabe’s was performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms, with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, conducted by Valery Gergiev and with guest soloist Joshua Bell.
“I am honored to receive the OMHOF scholarship, as it is important for me, an aspiring musician, to graduate from college debt-free, and every scholarship helps in that endeavor. I will be attending the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the fall as a Wells Scholar. I will be studying Oboe Performance and Environmental Management.” -Gabe
Kristin Qian | Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR
Kristin’s earliest musical memories begin with her playing the violin at the age of three. Since then, she has performed at venues across the United States, China, France and Argentina, as a violinist, pianist, and composer. In the fall, she will attend Princeton University
“I am so thrilled and honored to be a 2014 Oregon Music Hall of Fame scholarship recipient. This award offers me a future of challenge and achievement. I look forward to continuing to create and share music with others, as well as pursuing my interests in various subjects.” -Kristin
Kyle Zimmerman | Portland Adventist Academy, Portland, OR
Kyle chose to play his instrument during the summer before my sixth grade year. His parents took him to a music store and he chose the saxophone because it looked the most shiny and complicated. The person who really started his love for jazz and music was his middle school jazz and concert band director, Ms. Foley. She got him excited about jazz during his eighth grade year and, five years later, he still loves it.
“I’m very honored to receive this scholarship because the Oregon Music Hall of Fame is a prestigious institution for music and music is very important to me. This will help me a lot financially because I plan to study at Berklee College of Music this coming school year as a performance major.” –Kyle
Molly Burke | Summit High School, Bend, OR
Ever since Molly asked her parents for a flute when she was seven years old, her passion has been playing music. She continues to play the flute, but her big ah-ha! moment came when she gave the bassoon –the “clown of the orchestra”– a try during her freshman year, and there was simply no going back. It was an odd, love-at-first-play sort of experience.
“I am so honored and grateful to be receiving the OMHOF scholarship because it will greatly help me in pursuing my love of music in college.” –Molly
2015 Scholarship applications will be available January 2015.
Please contact Janeen Rundle, Director of Music Education Programs at : Janeen@omhof.org for more information