The Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County, an extension of the outreach programs of the Palm Beach Pops, recently announced the winners of this year’s Legacy Scholarships to help them continue music education.
“A total of $26,200 was awarded to 19 promising young musicians, ranging in age from 8 to 17, who auditioned recently in front of a distinguished review committee of business and cultural leaders at the Lake Worth Playhouse,” said Jon Lappin, founder, president and executive director of the Legacy Foundation. “The awarded scholarship funds will be used to pay for instruments, lessons, music school tuition or other performing needs.”
The 2019 Legacy Foundation scholarship recipients are:
• Asyncritus Alfons, 9, a pianist and a student at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School.
• Theobestus Alfons, 8, a piano-playing student at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School.
• Adrian Carchi, 17, a violinist who attends the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
• Julitza Geiger, 14, a viola player who attends the Bak Middle School of the Arts.
• Taylor Hamilton, 9, a pianist who is homeschooled.
• Jacob Hargesheimer, 17, a student at Seminole Ridge High School who plays the flute and piccolo.
• Brendan Hoens, 17, a clarinet player who attends Jupiter High School.
• Luella Lunden, 14, a pianist and student at the King’s Academy.
• Makaylah McCray, 17, a saxophone player at Wellington High School.
• Aidan McManus, 12, a student at the Conservatory School who plays the viola.
• Julie McManus, 14, a violinist who attends the Conservatory School.
• Fritz Nesbitt, 10, a piano player at Northboro Elementary School.
• Joshua Porter, 15, a pianist who is homeschooled.
• Noah Porter, 14, a homeschooled piano student.
• Danny Prieto, 8, a violinist who attends West Palm Beach Junior Academy.
• Nicholas Signo, 14, a student at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts who plays the violin.
• Briana Ulysse, 13, a violinist who attends the Bak Middle School of the Arts.
• Olivia Varnum, 9, a violin player at Palm Beach Public Elementary School.
• Sarah Zarazua, 10, a violinist who attends the U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School.
“I am very proud that over our first three years, we have awarded more than 100 scholarships for music lessons, orchestra dues, camps, musical instruments and more, with a total value of over $200,000,” Lappin said. “Previous scholarship recipients have used their funding money to continue to grow their musical abilities and excel on their chosen instrument through graduation.”
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, dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. Additionally, the Palm Beach Pops had a long history of serving the children in its community by presenting quality music education programs. Lappin’s cultural impact lives on through the Legacy Foundation of Palm Beach County, founded and led by his son Jon Lappin.