The LASO Scholarship is awarded to one or more high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional talent and interest in music. The student must attend Los Alamos High School or live in Los Alamos County. The scholarship is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their musical activities, regardless of what they pursue as a career in the future.
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Three years ago the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra needed a bassoon player. A Sophomore from the Los Alamos High School - Karin Ebey - very capably filled that spot. In the years that followed Karin has continued to be an active member of the community orchestra. She has also played in the LAHS band and has completed community service projects. Now, a graduating senior, Karin will receive the LASO $500 Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors Jane who was active in LASO, playing oboe and serving as board president. Karin plans to major in biology and chemistry in college and continue playing her bassoon. She comments: “ Playing with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra has been one of my favorite experiences because I found a community and a place where I fit in and a place to play amazing music and challenge myself.”
Ursula Coe, cellist, is another LAHS student who is being honored by the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. Ursula will receive the $500 Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. In 1947, Rosemary was one of the founding members of LASO and she continued to play in the orchestra into her 90’s. Ursula has played cello with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra and has served as cello section leader. She won the Deborah Beene Grand prize in 2020 among other highlights. She plans to continue her studies in cello performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland earning a BMus with Honors in Cello Performance, and eventually earning a Master of Music or a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Jackson Bell, also a LAHS student, will receive the third LASO $500 scholarship. Jackson is a trombone player and plans to become a music educator. He played with the Allstate Symphonic Band and Orchestra during each of his high school years. He also played with the Jazz Allstate Big Band as lead trombone. Jackson has been accepted at the Berklee College of Music and at UNM.
In addition to the music scholarships, LASO gave three $50 awards to LA County District Science Fair winners — John Fung for Music and Math, Aislinn Marshall for Sound and Magnets, and Hyunoo Kim for COVID modeling.
Anyone who is interested in helping to fund the LASO Scholarships can send a check, made out to LASO, to PO Box 613, Los Alamos, NM 87544.