Pittsfield: South Mountain Association awards music scholarships


South Mountain Association has awarded four Willem Willeke Memorial Scholarships to students of stringed instruments who study or reside in Berkshire County.

The scholarships honor the late Willem Willeke, the first director of South Mountain Concerts. He died in 1950.

Awards made at the college level, are: first place, $5,000 to Jahna Stanton; second place, $4,500 to Kate Robarge.

Awards at the high school are: first place, $3,000 to Taylor Fohrhaltz-Burbank; second place, $2,500 to Alexandria Danyluk.

Stanton, a violinist, will begin her sophomore year at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., in the fall. She is the daughter of Denise De Bella and Michael Stanton.

Robarge, a cellist, will be a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, this fall. She is the daughter of Cynthia and Donald Robarge of Pittsfield.

Fohrhaltz-Burbank, a cellist, is a 2014 graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown and a cello student of Nathaniel Parke. The daughter of Ouisa Fohrhaltz and John Burbank of Richmond, she will attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this fall.

Danyluk, a violist, is a 2014 graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington, where she was a member of the school orchestra. The daughter of Lisa and Bradley Danyluk of Stockbridge, she will attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., this fall.


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