Music students invited to apply for scholarships

Students learning to play stringed instruments are invited to apply for the Alice Rapasky Memorial Scholarships, to be awarded later in December.

The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra along with Music on the Strait, the annual chamber music festival held in Port Angeles, will present scholarships of $500 to at least 10 youngsters. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9.

To learn more, students and their families can visit

The scholarship fund was created in honor of the late Alice Rapasky, who was a great friend to the arts and arts education on the Olympic Peninsula, said the scholarship committee.

That group is composed of local musicians Traci Winters Tyson, Phil Morgan-Ellis, Shirley Anderson and Jonathan Pasternack, along with Music on the Strait’s James Garlick, Richard O’Neill and Amanda Lukens.

Scholarships are available to pre-college string players in Clallam County who are participating in their school string program or other community string program.

The awards are intended to assist qualified students who otherwise couldn’t afford them to take private music lessons.

To qualify, students must be active members of their school orchestra or similar organization.

For more information, call Tyson, the committee chairperson, at 206-276-4041 or email to