Flagstaff substantial school pupils will have the prospect to utilize for a new music scholarship this thirty day period. Started off by Bob and Pina Miller in memory of their son, the Haven Walker Music Scholarship Fund is meant to assistance nearby instrumental musicians manage classes.
Haven Walker was a musician in the Flagstaff group, playing guitar and sarod in a quantity of bands in advance of his loss of life in February of 2020. Pina Miller reported the scholarship was proven as a way to honor Walker and his really like of audio.
“We believed this would be a excellent way to pay out tribute and honor the memory of our son by helping the neighborhood with this scholarship,” she explained.
In partnership with the Flagstaff Audio Pageant, a nonprofit, the Millers will be giving 5 $1,000 scholarships to area superior faculty students to persuade their enthusiasm for new music. They say the scholarships will be awarded primarily based on talent, economic require and “a shown motivation to tunes.”
Bob Miller explained possible recipients as “talented Flagstaff superior university learners who are in financial want and could not pay for to spend for classes.”
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At the very least fifty percent of the cash for every single scholarship will be place towards new music lessons for instrumental musicians. Vocal musicians will not be suitable for this year’s scholarships, but college students who go to charters or are household schooled are also inspired to implement.
The Millers have been “working on this intensely given that June,” and said they had been excited to be equipped to give the scholarship finally. Apps will be open up Jan. 15-26. Following staying reviewed by an advisory board of local musicians and songs teachers, the 5 recipients will be announced in late March.
“The strategy is that every scholarship receiver will have a mentor who will perform with that university student and occur up with a excellent strategy to improve the use of the $1,000,” Bob Miller said. “[The scholarship] for economically needy gifted musicians of any instrument at all — doesn’t make a difference no matter if it’s classical, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll or bluegrass.”
The Millers hope to have each of the scholarship recipients play at the award ceremony in the spring. They also approach to grow the fund in excess of time, adding added and more substantial scholarships.
Pina Miller said they experienced supported Walker in his music education and learning given that he was the age of 13, producing guaranteed he experienced entry to instruments and songs lessons. Walker designed two pilgrimages to India to review the sarod beneath Ali Akbar Kahn, she claimed, and done with artists these kinds of as David Lindley.
“He got into quite a few distinct rock ‘n’ roll bands,” Bob Miller stated. “Huck Freely, Eaten by Ants — they experienced extremely funny names.”
A launch asserting the scholarship referred to as Walker “an incredible musician, son, father and close friend to all.”
“He was a staple for 20 decades in the Flagstaff music scene, participating in guitar, sarod and crossing numerous songs genres,” it mentioned. “His untimely passing has us mourning however, but his legacy will keep on as a result of this new scholarship fund.”
Additional facts, together with application directions, can be observed at flagstaffmusicfestival.com/#implement.