GMHS students earn Blackwood Scholarships
Edinboro, PA (May 13, 2016) – General McLane High School students Max Nudi and Caleb Will have been named recipients of the 2016 Blackwood Theater Organ Society scholarships. Nudi and Will are two of only six students in the state to receive the scholarship.
“The Blackwood Scholarship competition is a well-established competition where elite student musicians compete. We are proud that General McLane students represented us so well and we are pleased for their well-earned success,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta.
The Blackwood Music Scholarships are for Pennsylvania high school seniors pursuing a college degree in instrumental music performance. These highly-competitive scholarships are awarded based on musical talent, recommendations from music teachers, academic performance, motivation, financial need and an essay. Finalists auditioned at Heinz Hall in March before a panel of musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
“I am really happy to receive assistance for school and proud to have received that type of validation from individuals who are in a pretty high position in the music world,” said Will, who will be attending Ithaca University in the fall to study Performance and Musical Education.
“I was very excited, especially because it’s very different to have a drummer audition since its usually more orchestral. But I was thrilled to have received it,” added Nudi, who will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall.
The Blackwood Theater Organ Society is a not-for-profit organization created to encourage students to pursue instrumental music performance careers. The Blackwood Estate is home to a rare Wurlitzer theater pipe organ and concerts featuring internationally-acclaimed performers are held annually with the proceeds going towards the scholarship fund and other charities.
The other finalists include Kyle Johnson (cellist from Peters Township High School), Steven Kozlowski (marimbist from McKeesport Area High School), Megan McKelvey (clarinetist from Franklin Regional High School) and Geana Snart (cellist from Spring City, 21st Century Cyber Charter School).
The students will perform at a free recital at the Blackwood Estate in Harrisville, PA on May 22.