Scholarship winners announced by DCOA

Scholarship winners announced by DCOAThe two recipients of this year’s Desert Community Orchestra Association-sponsored Peter Pinto Music Scholarships are clarinetist Joseph Pappe and violinist Rebecca Kandell.

The Peter Pinto Music Scholar-ship is awarded annually to students (graduating high school senior to 22nd birthday) planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college.

Applicants were evaluated on their musical performance, school and community involvement and musical goals. The award is named for the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a beloved local pediatrician who played the violin for many years in the community orchestra. DCOA will present Joseph and Rebecca each with a $500 scholarship at the annual Desert Community Orches-tra Young Artists Concert, to be held at the Parker Performing Arts Center, Burroughs High School, Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph is a senior graduating from BHS in June. He has been very active in the local music community during his high school years — participating in Burroughs High School band (on clarinet) and orchestra (on viola), playing in the Community Band and performing in fundraiser concerts for the DCOA (Suzuki Strings and Peter Pinto Ensemble) and Habitat for Humanity.

Other community involvements include Habitat for Humanity as treasurer and construction helper, Key Club; Friends of Rachel and church. He tutored middle school students in math for two years and taught chess to beginners in the city program. His private music teachers are Gary Fry, clarinet, and Shirley Helmick, violin and viola.

Joseph is planning to attend college, majoring in mathematics or chemical engineering. He is the son of Gene and Yuet Wah Pappe.

Rebecca is a senior graduating in June from Burroughs. She has been very active in the local musical community during her high school years, participating in the Bur-roughs High School orchestra, the Suzuki Strings, High Desert Music Teachers Association recitals and the Desert Community Orchestra.

She has performed as a violinist in fundraiser concerts for DCOA (Suzuki Strings and Peter Pinto Ensemble) and St. Ann’s Spanish Choir.

Other community involvement includes Habitat for Humanity as a construction helper, campus secretary and main organizer of benefit concert fundraisers, Spanish Club as president and secretary, School Book Club as president and secretary, Link Crew Club member and Junior Olympics volunteer.

She has tutored elementary and middle school students through the AVID (Advancement Via Indivi-dual Determination) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) programs.

Her private music teachers are Shirley Helmick on violin and viola and Celesta Brooks, who formerly tutored Rebecca on the piano.

Rebecca will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in biomedical engineering. She plans to continue playing her violin for a church and community orchestra. Rebecca is the daughter of John and Elaine Kandell.

Story First Published: 2013-04-03