Summermusic festival offeredgrant from New York Philharmonic

Published on Thu, Jan 13, 2005 by Jack Kintner

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Summer music festival offered
grant from New York Philharmonic

By Jack Kintner

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has notified Blaine’s Pacific Arts Association (PAA) that they will be receiving a $2,500 scholarship grant to be used for summer music education programs.

Joe Robinson, who performed in Blaine last fall and who serves as president of the board for the orchestra’s Elaine and Stephen Stamus New York Philharmonic Scholarship Fund, wrote in his letter, “I am pleased to inform you that members of the New York Philharmonic who serve on the awards committee of the Stamus Fund, representing all the musicians of the orchestra, have approved a grant of $2,500 for your organization. We hope the money will provide 10 $250 tuition scholarships for needy students at your institute this summer.”

PAA board president Sandy Wolf said she was delighted at this level of support, not to mention the recognition from one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world. “We’ll have classes in classical composition this summer and this will really help get some kids involved who otherwise couldn’t attend,” Wolf said.

According to Robinson, the New York Philharmonic has awarded 35 grants in the past three years to students adjudged by members of the New York Philharmonic to be their most talented and neediest students.  “One of this year’s recipients was abandoned by his mother when he was 10-years-old,” Robinson said, “and four foster families later he became concertmaster of the Norwalk (CT) Youth Orchestra. With help from the Stamus Fund he was able to buy his own violin.”

The PAA produces an annual series of concerts by professional artists that are held in the Blaine school district’s Performing Arts Center. In connection with these concerts the PAA offers workshops and master classes for the further education of students in the performing arts. For example, Robinson, principal oboe player with the orchestra, led master classes locally while here last September to perform in the PAA’s Northern Lights concert.

The organization also supports the development of new talent by specifically sponsoring performances by young promising students from within Blaine and the surrounding areas. 

For information about how students can apply for scholarships, contact Sandy Wolf at or telephone 371-0141.