Local students win RAMI scholarships

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Cassandra Johnson and Henry Solberg are winners of the 2007 Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarship presented by the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI).

The two were recognized at the 16th Annual RAMI Awards Ceremony April 12 by James Patterson, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois scholarship officer, and Karen Howard, RAMI Scholarship Committee member.

Solberg has begun studies for his associate’s degree and plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition at Lawrence University in the fall. He began playing cello at Rockford College’s Rockford Music Academy in first grade, adding the string bass to his repertoire in fifth grade. Among other activities, he performs in Kantorei, Measure Five Performing String Group, Vivaldi Strings Performing String Group, and the Sanctuary Choir.

Johnson plans to study musical theater at Columbia College of Chicago when she graduates from Christian Life High School. Her 13 years at the piano bench have brought her to the company of New American Theater, Mendelssohn Club and Main Street Players, just to name a few. Her career goals include performance, teaching and opening her own professional theater.

1999 Gary S. Wilmer Scholarship recipient Jill Heinke will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York Sept. 29 as a member of the groundbreaking expandable chamber music ensemble Areon Flutes.

Heinke teaches in middle schools and high schools in the Oakland, Calif., and San Francisco areas. She also has her own private studio.

After graduating from Auburn, Heinke completed graduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Royal College of Music in London. She completed her master’s degree in flute at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2006.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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