The Saline Area Schools orchestra students were awarded the Ben Hieber Award for Excellence for 2019.
Oscar Whitehouse, a fifth grade student who plays Cello, was warded a $250 scholarship. Emma Riggs, an eighth grade student who plays cello, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Danny Sesi, a 12th grade student who plays double bass, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The scholarships may be used for any purpose that advances the student’s musical development, including instrument purchase/rental, music camp, music lessons, and more.
24 applicants submitted a recording demonstrating the best of their abilities and an essay about what role performing music on their instrument plays in their life. The winners were selected by panel review.
The award is given in memory of Ben Hieber, a tremendously talented violist who died as a result of complications of cancer in the spring of 2015, what would have been his freshman year of high school. His music was silenced, but his spirit of joy, kindness, and love of music lives on. The Hieber family established the scholarship to be offered each year to outstanding orchestra students in the school district.