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Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sam Pitcher in front of "McPherson Music"
by artist David Rubin.

Apply for a scholarship to attend the summer music school of your choice

Below you can connect directly to the application form. In addition to an application form - each student must have 2 references including ONE reference from a music teacher.

All applicants must audition on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 beginning at 5:00pm, at the Schoenbar Middle School band room. Auditions are REQUIRED. Applicants' age and experience will be taken into account.

High School audition requirements are the same as SE Honor Band and Choir. Audition material can be found here -  (Keep scrolling to find the requirements for your instrument.)

Middle School Requirements are the following -

  • 1 major scale of student's choice. One octave up and down
  • 2 short pieces of contrasting styles (technical, lyrical, classical, jazz etc...) could be excerpts from current band/choir repertoire or selections from their school method books.

Students are encouraged to ask their music teachers about the audition requirements.

Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund

Seming “Sam” Pitcher (1987-2003) was a gifted young man who was active in the various music programs available in Ketchikan. Sam loved all kinds of music and played the trumpet, flugelhorn and electric guitar. In 2003, with donations in excess of $10,000, his family and friends created a memorial scholarship fund in his name to award as The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to local youth to help them attend summer music camps or programs such as the ones Sam was able to attend. In 2014 a dedicated endowment fund was created to help sustain the scholarship fund in perpetuity. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund online at the link below or c/o the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901  (907) 225-2211 for more information.

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