DCOA announces Pinto winners

DCOA announces Pinto winnersThe Desert Community Orchestra Association announced winners of this year’s Peter Pinto scholarship — vocalist Emily Ommen and violist Ryan Larson.

The scholarship is named for the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a pediatrician who played violin for many years in the local orchestra, and awarded to students who are planning to pursue their music goals.

Emily Ommen is a senior at Burroughs High School who is dually enrolled at Cerro Coso Community College, received a $700 scholarship. She has been active in choir throughout her elementary years at St. Ann’s School as well as in Burroughs High School Concert Choir, where she has served as a student leader. As a senior, she participated in the Burroughs Show Choir Club.

She has also participated in school drama productions and community theatre musicals. Her private instructor is Amber Farris-Petersen. Emily’s educational goals are to finish her general education classes through Cerro Coso, then transfer to Westmont College in Santa Barbara to double major in voice and music education, with a minor in theatre. Her scholarship award will be used to further her musical studies. Her desire is to continue to use her talents performing, and to teach privately. Emily is the daughter of Joyce Ommen.

Ryan Larson, also a BHS senior dually enrolled at CCCC, received $500. He has been very active in the local music community, spending seven years in school orchestras, two years in Burroughs Jazz Band, and four years in Symphonic Band. Ryan has served as Drum Captain for the Burroughs Drumline, as Band Council President and Secretary, and as viola section leader. For the past 2 seasons, Ryan has participated in the Desert Community Orchestra. His private instructor is Bree Lewis.

His community service includes volunteer performances for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital events. Ryan’s goals for the near future include obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in computer/game design, possibly at UC Irvine. He stated he would like to continue studying privately and participating in a local community orchestra, wherever he relocates to. His scholarship award would be used to continue with that study and further his musical abilities. Ryan is the son of Karen Echeberry and Micah Lewis.

Pictured: Violinist Ryan Larson and vocalist Emily Ommen, winners of the year’s DCOA Peter Pinto Scholarship. — Courtesy photos

Story First Published: 2020-04-17