Oregon Music Hall of Fame Awards $5000 to College Scholarship Winners

OMHOF Awards $5000 to College Scholarship Winners 3:30 pm on Friday, June 10, 2011 @ Rose Festival Main Stage

Oregon Music Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Alex McDougall, Emily Potter, Emma Davis, Jean Choi, and Jasmine Terry-Shindelman are the recipients of the annual OMHOF College Scholarships.  The Scholarships, which cover a portion of college tuition costs, will be formally presented to each after their individual performances on the main stage of the Rose Festival, Friday, June 10 from 3:30-4:30pm.  The OMHOF college scholarship program began in 2004 and to date; OMHOF has awarded over $20,000 in college scholarships to college bound students continuing their pursuit of a musical education.  “We are so pleased to announce our 5 talented and highly motivated scholarship recipients,” Terry Currier and Janeen Rundle, OMHOF Board Directors, relayed, “They all have such promising futures and are great representatives for their schools, OMHOF and their communities.”

Meet the Musically Motivated Students

Jasmine Terry-Shindelman
Ashland High School
Ashland, OR
“I have always loved the violin and started playing when I was seven years old. I have had the opportunity to study music with two amazing teachers here in Ashland, Faina Podolnaya, and Cynthia Hutton, both of whom I would like to thank for their support and inspiration. I am going to be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, next year, and I know that the OMHOF scholarship will be a huge help to me and my family in paying for tuition. Thank you!”


Alex McDougall
Central Catholic HS
Milwaukie, OR
Alex will be attending the University of North Texas as a jazz studies major this coming fall.  “I am both excited and grateful for the OMHOF scholarship as it will be used to purchase professional level percussion equipment needed for college, and pay for my first year practice room rental and music departmental fees.  Already a piano student for 7 years, I chose percussion in the 6th grade out of extreme curiosity and now enjoy the many textural layers of rhythm and tone percussion instruments can produce.”


Emily Potter
Jefferson, OR

“Eight years ago, I began to play the flute, having chosen the instrument after hearing the instrument played in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Since then, I have competed in and won several competitions, including the Del Milne Memorial Competition and the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as been principal of the Salem Youth Symphony and Jefferson High School Concert Band. I am extremely excited that the OMHOF College Scholarship will aid in furthering my music career in flute performance at Boston University.”


Jean Choi
Westview HS
Portland, OR

“I first fell in love with the cello when I heard its dark, resonant sound.  The OMHOF college scholarship will help me pay for my college tuition at Amherst and for the transportation of my cello while flying back and forth from college to home, here in Portland.”



Emma Davis
West Linn HS
West Linn, OR

“After spending years studying the flute, I decided to start classical voice lessons in eight grade because I had always had a passion for singing. Singing has given me many wonderful opportunities, and this past year, it brought me all the way to the Grammy Awards where I performed with Esperanza Spalding. I am thrilled and honored to be an OMHOF college scholarship recipient and am looking forward to using that scholarship at Emerson College in Boston this fall.”

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is a nonprofit organization created in 2004 to help preserve Oregon’s unique musical heritage by recognizing the legacy of exceptional Oregon musicians while helping to preserve and enrich musical education programs in Oregon.    www.omhof.org