DCOA to award Peter Pinto Music Scholarships

DCOA to award Peter Pinto Music ScholarshipsThe recipients of this year’s Desert Community Orchestra Association (DCOA) sponsored Peter Pinto Music Scholarship are Deanna Belt and Rachel Huynh. The Peter Pinto Music Scholarship is awarded annually to students (graduating high school senior to 22nd birthday) planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college. Applicants are evaluated on their musical performance, school and community involvement, and future musical goals. The award is named for the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a pediatrician, who played the violin for many years in the Desert Community Orchestra. The Desert Community Orchestra Association will present each winner with a $600 scholarship to use towards furthering her study in music.

Deanna Belt, flutist and vocalist, is a senior who will be graduating in June from Burroughs High School. She has been studying privately (flute and voice) for the duration of her high school years, as well as participating in band, jazz band, orchestra, and choir. Deanna has also been selected as the Desert Community Orchestra’s Young Artist for 2022; she will be performing with the DCO at their upcoming concert on May 14. During her high school years, Deanna served as an officer for the Band Council and the Drama Club, and was a member of the California Scholarship Federation, which is primarily a service organization. Deanna has also been very active musically in her church. She plans to put her musical skills to use as she embarks on a mission soon. Although Deanna plans to major in chemistry when she attends college, she stated she wishes to continue to pursue her study of music. Deanna is the daughter of David and Penny Belt.

Rachel Huynh, violinist, is also a senior graduating in June from Burroughs High School. During her high school years, she has studied piano, voice, and violin, and has been selected as a performer in master classes with various professional violinists. Rachel participated in BHS Orchestra and Madrigal Singers, and earned a Solo and Ensemble superior rating at SCSBOA Festival. Her community involvement includes performing in the Ridgecrest Opera Workshop. Rachel also enjoys writing; she has been published in the BHS newspaper. Her plans include attending CSU Northridge to major in psychology; however, she stated she hopes to balance her academic studies with continued musical studies. Rachel is the daughter of Lewis Huynh and Kim Nguyen.

Laura Austin Photo: Peter Pinto Music Scholarship are Deanna Belt and Rachel Huynh. The Peter Pinto Music Scholarship is awarded annually to students (graduating high school senior to 22nd birthday) planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college.

Story First Published: 2022-04-22