Music scholarship winners announced

Bill Perry Scholarship goes to Tyler O'Dell of Bloomingburg


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  • At a previous Bill Perry Day in Sugar Loaf, picturing Rachel Bertoni, left (Photo: Music for Humanity: musicforhumanity.org)



If you go

What: 6th annual Bill Perry Day
When: 12-6 p.m., Sunday, July 17 (rain date: Aug. 3)
Scholarship presentation: 1-3 p.m.
Where: Bertoni Sculpture Garden, Sugar Loaf
How much: Free
More information: musicforhumanity.org


— Music for Humanity has granted a $1,500 scholarship to each of the following students:

Audrey Zybura of Monroe, N.Y.
Emma Stoneberg of Asheville, N.C.

Phakamani Pega of Boston, Mass.

"All the candidates were very well qualified, but these three stood out for their demonstrated commitment to sharing music with their communities," said a statement from the organization.

Music for Humanity's Bill Perry Award, $1,000, went to:

Tyler O'Dell of Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Bill Perry Day is July 27

All Music for Humanity scholarships will be presented to the winners on Bill Perry Day, to be held this year on Sunday, July 27 (see related article).

Musicians will perform all afternoon to honor the memory of Bill Perry, the late blues guitarist from Sugar Loaf.

"Bill Perry was one of the greatest musicians to come from Orange County," says a statement from Music for Humanity. "He was born in the Village of Chester and died (in 2007) in the Town of Chester. He was truly one of the greatest blues players ever. He could play with BB King or Eric Clapton and anyone else."

The mission of Music for Humanity is to "spread more music throughout the world. We believe more music means a better world for everyone."

Most Music for Humanity events are free. Its biggest annual fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 18, when John Cimino, winner of the First International Pavarotti Voice Competition, and other award winning artists will perform. This event is sponsored by the New York School of Music in Walden, N.Y.

Tax-deductible donations to Music for Humanity may be made through its website, musicforhumanity.org, or by sending a check to Music for Humanity, PO Box 359, Chester NY 10918.




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