Pittsfield: South Mountain awards music scholarships


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

The scholarships honor Willeke, a cellist and the first director of South Mountain Concerts, who died in 1950. South Mountain has awarded the scholarship since 1982.

Awards made at the college level went to Taylor Fohrhaltz-Burbank, first place, $6,000; Kate Robarge, second, $5,500; Hannah Cohen, third, $3,500; and Jahna Stanton, fourth, $3,000.

Fohrhaltz-Burbank, a cellist, has completed her sophomore year at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A third-time recipient of a Willeke Scholarship, she is the daughter of Ouisa Fohrhaltz and John Burbank of Richmond.

Robarge, a cellist, will be a senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst this fall. The daughter of Cynthia and Donald Robarge of Pittsfield, she is a fourth-time recipient of the scholarship, the maximum allowed in the program.

Stanton, a violinist, will begin her senior year at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., in the fall. A third-time recipient, she is the daughter of Denise De Bella and Michael Stanton of West Stockbridge.

Cohen, a violinist, has completed her freshman year at Boston University. A second-time recipient of the award, she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Cohen of Lee.

Lou R. Steigler, director of South Mountain Association, announced the awards.


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