STATE COLLEGE The Central Pennsylvania Musicians Association presented a new award and scholarship grant to student musicians at five Centre County school districts at the recent Centre County Band and Chorus Festival.
Before a packed audience in the Philipsburg-Osceola High School auditorium on April 13, Association President Christopher Lee and Scholarship Chairman John Kovalchik presented each student with the Olin F. Butt Music Achievement Grant of $100 each toward their personal music instruction.
"Our goal is to make central Pennsylvania a destination for music audiences and this is one way to have high quality music locally," said Lee, adding, "We appreciate the music teachers in the five school districts bringing these gifted aspiring musicians to our attention. Teachers play an important role in supporting the future of music in Centre County."
Presenters and winners of the Central Pennsylvania Musicians Association recent Olin F. Butt Music Achievement Scholarship Grants are, from left, in the first row: Scholarship Chairman John Kovalchik, Zach Spaw from Bellefonte , Emily Kizina from Philipsburg-Osceola, Jonathan Perini from State College, Megan Duck from Penns Valley, Matthew Blaylock from Bald Eagle Area, and CPMA President Christopher Lee.
The late Olin Butt was a renowned music teacher and band leader and, as owner of the Music Mart in Bellefonte and State College, provided musical instruments and supplies to hundreds and thousands of student musicians from 1948 to 1975.
The five Centre County school district awardees were: Zach Spaw from Bellefonte, Emily Kizina from Philipsburg-Osceola, Jonathan Perini from State College, Megan Duck from Penns Valley, and Matthew Blaylock from Bald Eagle Area.
For more information on the CPMA and the grant awards, contact CPMA President Christopher Lee at 814-466-9266 or access the CPMA web site at www.afm660.org.