Thanks to the generosity of OCPAG memberships, young individuals in Ouray County are awarded scholarships to nurture performing arts skills, leading either to pursue life long interest either as a performer or as an avocation while pursuing an unrelated career. Since 2006, OCPAG has awarded over 88 scholarships totaling $48,000 benefitting local middle school, high school and college students.
Sue Hillhouse Performing Arts Scholarship
Rosalee Walsh Receives New OCPAG Scholarship
The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is pleased to announce Rosalee Walsh as the first recipient of the Sue Hillhouse Performing Arts Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is designated towards college students as they pursue advanced level studies in either a performing arts or music education major at an advanced level.
Walsh is a rising Junior working towards a Bachelor of Music – Violin Performance in the College of Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder. As an artist, she feels she has indeed chosen the correct path to follow and can make a difference in the world developing her musical skills and pursuing this career.
Her studies began under local violin teacher Mary Ella House, and are being developed under the intensive studies at CU-Boulder. Walsh also is proficient on the guitar, ukulele and mandolin. As an artist flexible in many genres, she also performs in local blue grass bands, jazz and solo performances delighting audiences with her versatility.
The Sue Hillhouse Performing Arts Scholarship is named for past OCPAG president Sue Hillhouse who has served on the OCPAG board for 18 years. Hillhouse has been most passionate and advocates for youth programming and scholarships to provide opportunities for local Ouray County students. More information may be found at ocpag.org/youth/scholarships..
OCPAG Awards 2020 Annual Scholarships
| The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild has awarded eight scholarships totaling $4,000 to local Ouray County individuals to apply towards their pursuit of advanced education studies or continuing education programs.
Two college students, three graduating high school seniors, one rising high school senior, one middle school student and one Ouray County music educator will benefit from funding provided by OCPAG members.
The college students are Rosalee Walsh (University of Colorado-Boulder) and Venisha Harding (University of Northern Colorado).
Graduating seniors are Georgia Pieper from Ouray High School, Keegan Jordan and Emma Wallin from Ridgway High School. All of these students participated in arts programs at their respective schools and in the community.
Also receiving scholarships are rising Ouray High senior Cliona Pasek, Ridgway Middle School student Caroline Countryman and Ouray Schools music teacher Karisa Hoover.
More information about the OCPAG Scholarship program may be found at ocpag.org/youth/
Georgia Pieper has studied the violin after attending a symphony concert when she was seven years old. She was involved in the Valley Youth Orchestra, playing in both the philharmonic and chamber groups. She has also taken dance at Weehawken Creative Arts and sang in local theatrical productions. Georgia is planning to attend the University of British Columbia and study microbiology.
Keegan Jordan is planning to attend the Los Angeles Film School to earn a bachelor’s degree in audio production specializing in audio engineering. He has been interested in the art of making music. Keegan has already completed credits online through the Berklee School of Music working towards a Bachelors in Electronic Music Production.
Emma Wallin has been active with dance through Weehawken Creative Arts for 15 years, taking ballet, jazz, pointe, ariel and hip-hop. She has also been a student teacher for the past four years. Emma plans to pursue a nursing degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also hopes to continue to dance while at the university, possibly even with the Husker Scarlet dance team.