Foothills Music Club Scholarships: All tied up!

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Following auditions held March 2 and 3, the Foothills Music Club is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship winners. 

Representing three counties, four area schools and home schools, several young musicians presented an impressive variety of vocal and instrumental solos to the judges. 

Ivana Carlson

Tied for first place for the Lesley Oakes Scholarship were violinist Ivana Carlson and soprano Amanda Dimond.  Ivana is the daughter of Scott and Mary Carlson. She is a 10th-grade home-schooled student, and studies violin with Eun Sun Lee. Amanda is the daughter of Robert and Michele Dimond. She studies voice with Brenda Quilling, and is an 11th-grade home-schooled student

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Tied for second place for the Betty Van Buskirk Scholarship were violinist Lillie Bell and pianist Cash McFarlane. Lillie is the daughter of Samantha Bell. She studies violin with Donis Schweizer, and is an 11th-grade home-schooled student. Cash is a student of Elizabeth Child. She is a 10th-grade student at Polk County Early College, and is the daughter of Jewels McFarlane.

Amanda Dimond

Tied for third place for the Kathleen Erwin Scholarship were Jacob Grigg, trombone player, and Taylor Warren, who performed on trumpet. Tied for fourth place were Maggie Collins, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Deaton, violinist.

Awards of Recognition were given to pianist Ellie Booth, cellist Tristin Montgomery and violinist Juniper Walter-Eger.

Each year, the Foothills Music Club provides scholarships to qualified young musicians to encourage them to continue their musical studies. The financial award can be applied to the cost of lessons, purchase of music, attendance at music camp, or the repair/purchase of instruments. 

In 2018, a total of $2,700 is being awarded.

Lillie Bell

Cash McFarlane

Foothills Music Club membership and scholarship information can be found at

– Submitted by Jeanette Comer