The Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County recently awarded $36,500 in scholarships to Palm Beach County music students, including a number of students from the western communities.
Flute/piccolo player Jacob Hargesheimer from Loxahatchee, French horn player Keenan Krieger of Wellington, tuba player Jonah Smith of Wellington and alto sax player Makaylah McCray of West Palm Beach were among those who received scholarships.
Fifteen Palm Beach County students received these much-needed funds to use on instruments, lessons, music school tuition and more. The Legacy Foundation hands out scholarships twice a year to local aspiring artists to help them continue their love of music.
The auditions were held at the Lake Worth Playhouse and featured 15 applicants ranging from age 7 to age 16, performing in front of a distinguished review committee of business and cultural leaders.
“Music is so important, and we are honored to help these talented musicians continue their love of the art form with these scholarships,” Legacy Foundation President and Executive Director Jon Lappin said. “We strongly believe in helping our community by infusing it with culture and that can only begin with our gifted youth.”
The Legacy Foundation is a recently launched extension of the Palm Beach Pops’ existing outreach programs that have taught nearly 100,000 music students in the county.
Founded in 1991 by the late music director and conductor Bob Lappin, the Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra. Lappin’s cultural impact will live on through the Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County, led by his son Jon Lappin. For more information, visit www.pbclegacy.org.