East Islip High School senior Rebecca Walter was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the New York State Council of Administrators for Music Education (NYSCAME) for her talent and dedication in vocal music and violin, which she will use for college expenses.
It’s no wonder NYSCAME chose to bestow this scholarship on her, as the list of musical honors on the 18-year-old’s resume is extremely impressive. As both a junior and senior, she was chosen for All-State honors in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State women’s chorus performing group. A member of East Islip’s Tri-M Music Honor Society and honors choir, Walter also played violin in the high school’s string orchestra and chamber orchestra. She performed at the Suffolk County Music Educators' Association (SCMEA) concerts in 2010 and 2011.
“The Music in the Parks festival was the highlight of my EI experience, especially this year’s event,” said Walter, whose busy slate of activities also includes performing musical theater outside of school (at the BroadHollow Theatre Company in East Islip and the Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center in Oakdale) and working as a summer camp counselor.
Walter will attend the Hartt School of Music this fall, where she plans to study vocal music education. Founded in 1920, the prestigious Hartt School is a performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. Walter noted that the NYSCAME scholarship funds will come in handy for the books she will need to purchase for her studies at Hartt.