Foothills Music Club announces scholarship winners

Published 2:37 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Foothills Music Club is pleased to announce the winners of its recent scholarship auditions.


Winner of the Lesley Oakes Scholarship is Colby Hardin, a 12th grade student at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Colby, a classical guitarist, performed Asturias by Isaac Albeniz, which is considered one of the most difficult pieces written for classical guitar. Colby intends to be a music major and will attend Appalachian State University beginning fall 2022. He is a student of Amy Brucksch.

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Emma Buckner, also a 12th grade student at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, won the Betty Van Buskirk Scholarship. Emma, a violinist, performed the Allemande from Partita #2 in g minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. This is one of Bach’s most outstanding and demanding works for unaccompanied violin. Emma is planning to major in music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN beginning fall 2022. She is a student of Jennie Quinn in Hendersonville, NC.


The Kathleen Erwin Scholarship was awarded to Laura Packer, an 11th grade student at Polk County High School. Laura performed the dazzling, difficult Dill Pickles solo on the marimba. Written by Charles Johnson, this piece requires amazing technique and precision from the performer. Laura plays in the PCHS Band, under the direction of Cindy Gilbert.


Since 1994, the Foothills Music Club has been awarding scholarships to young musicians in the area to encourage them to continue their musical studies. Additional information about the Foothills Music Club and its scholarship program can be found at