Sycamore Music Boosters has awarded its annual Continuing College Music Scholarship to Gail Anderson.
The scholarship award is designed to assist Sycamore High School graduates in continuing their music education in college. Anderson was awarded the scholarship in recognition of her outstanding musicianship, music and academic achievements, and overall participation in music.
Anderson, a Sycamore High School graduate, is in her junior year at Augustana College as a music major pursuing a bachelor’s degree in horn performance and a degree in music education. She has been involved in various ensembles including serving as the principal player and section leader in the Augustana Symphonic Band and the Augustana Chamber Orchestra. She also is a member of a Woodwind Quintet, serves as a solo accompanist for the Augustana Choir and general student recitals, summer piano accompanist at the Newman Catholic Student Center in DeKalb, and traveled on the West Coast tour with the Augustana Symphonic Band.
Anderson is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Tau Chapter. She previously received the Nathanson Lesson Scholarship. Additionally, she has been on the dean’s list each semester at Augustana, and has been a judge for Honor Band Festival, and a music theory tutor.
This year Anderson will continue as principal chair in both the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, and tutor students in music theory. She is involved in Horn Choir, is preparing for her junior recital this spring, has begun clinicals where she will be student teaching next year, works in the music office as an assistant secretary, and is the service chairwoman for the local chapter of the National Association of Music Education.
“Having previous teachers who inspired me to have a strong passion of music, I aspire to do the same,” Anderson said in a news release. “I hope to impact students’ lives and inspire them to develop an enthusiasm for music making and life-long musical learning.”