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12/19/2018
2019 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship recipients named
The 2019 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship recipients are, from left, Evelyn Nutt, Julia Spagai, Phillip Smith and Sarah Short. Photo courtesy of Karen Pitcher


KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The 2019 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded music scholarships to four Ketchikan students. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, goals and musicianship.

Ninth-graders Sarah Short and Julia Spigai, and 10th-graders Evelyn Nutt and Phillip Smith, each received the $700 scholarships, which are awarded to allow students to attend summer music programs.

According to information from the Sam Pitcher fund program, all four students plan to attend the 2019 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Nutt also is considering the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Music Academy.

Short also received the 2017 Sam Pitcher scholarship. She plays drums, marimba and bass guitar, and was selected for Southeast Honor Band in 2018. As a part of SFAC in 2019, she hopes to work on her percussionist, piano, teaching and voice skills.

Spigai plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone, and plays second chair with the Ketchikan High School wind ensemble. She also was selected for Southeast Honor Band in 2018. She hopes to learn more at SFAC about music theory and jazz, and plans to be a part of the clarinet master class.

Nutt plays flute, piano and bass guitar. She received several awards before moving to Ketchikan, and also was selected for the 2018 Southeast Honor Band. She plans to study music theory and classical music in a summer music program and plans to study music education and music performance in college.

Smith is a percussionist and vocalist who also was selected for the 2018 Southeast Honor Band. At SFAC, Smith plans to work on his percussionist, jazz and vocal skills.

The scholarship program was created following the death of 16-year-old musician Sam Pitcher. Pitcher’s passion was music, and he was a member of all Kayhi bands, as well as the McPherson Music bands. He also was a member of the band that he and his friends created, “The Rubber Band.” In addition, he attended the Sitka Fine Arts Camp as well as the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

Scholarship recipients are chosen by a 10-person Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council advisory committee, of which Pitcher’s mother, Karen Pitcher, is a member.

The scholarship fund is fiscally sponsored by the KAAHC.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact KAAHC at kathleenl@ketchikanarts.org.