Multiple musicians and three scholarship winners are set to perform in the Grays Harbor Music Teachers Association Musicale Scholarship Benefit Concert this weekend.
The concert will be posted online at 7 p.m. on Saturday. To view the event, visit the GHMTA website (ghmta.weebly.com) or the GHMTA Event Page on Facebook (https://fb.me/e/284P209mB) and look for a YouTube link at the time of the event.
Three previous scholarship recipients will be performing in Saturday’s concert.
Whitworth University freshman and 2020 scholarship recipient Allison Patterson, a vocalist, will be performing with guest vocalist Emma Dorsch.
Recent Washington State University graduate Gordon Shaw — a 2017 scholarship recipient —will perform works from his most recent compositions with his group, the Gordon Shaw Trio.
Ben Fagerstedt, who was awarded scholarships in 2019 and 2020, has studied music at Grays Harbor College and Pacific Lutheran University, will be performing jazz standards from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.
In addition to the scholarship winners, several other artists are scheduled to perform on Saturday.
David Mills, a percussionist and alumnus of Aberdeen High School, Grays Harbor College and Western Washington University, Mills has played percussion for several northwest-based groups, including Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra, Skagit Valley Chorale and the Whatcom Wind Ensemble.
Trombone quartet Bones in the Garden, which is organized and directed by Paul Miller, will perform from their various repertoire of religious, patriotic and standard selections.
And a string/piano quartet featuring Debra Akerlund, Leslie O’Brien, John O’Brien and Merry Jo Zimmer is scheduled to perform.
The association has provided approximately $64,000 in scholarship funds to local music students over the past 27 years.
GHMTA Musicals Chair and Scholarship Co-Chairperson Christine Hill stated that they are looking forward to the event though it will be exclusively online this year. “We’re very excited, especially since it’s a virtual event this year,” Hill said. “This is the first year we’ve done it (virtually). It’s been kind of an experiment, but I think it’s turned out really nice.”
Hill was also excited about the lineup for this year’s event, noting the talent of previous scholarship winners.
“Grays Harbor is just very rich in culture and we have some very fine musicians” she said, “Our scholarship recipients have really set the bar high as far as Grays Harbor musicians go and we are just excited to be able to help them in their future endeavors and higher education.”
An option to donate to the scholarship fund will be available directly from the concert video once posted.
To donate by mail, make a check payable to Grays Harbor Music Teacher Association and mail it to GHMTA Musicale, 2017 West 6th Street, Aberdeen WA, 98520.