Sycamore Music Boosters awarded the 2013 Continuing College Music Scholarship to Gail Anderson and Calob Pluhm. This scholarship is designed to assist Sycamore High School graduates in continuing their music education in college. Pluhm, a first-year recipient, and Anderson, a second-year recipient, were each awarded this scholarship in recognition of their outstanding musicianship, music and academic achievements, and overall participation in music.
Anderson is in her senior year at Augustana College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in horn performance and a degree in music education. She has been involved in a number of 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 the Augustana Horn Choir, Woodwind Quintet, and Brass Quintet, serves as a summer piano accompanist at the Newman Center in DeKalb, and traveled on the Midwest Tour with the Augustana Symphonic Band this past summer. Anderson is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Tau Chapter. She has been a judge for Honor Band Festival, a music theory tutor, and music office assistant.
Pluhm is a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, studying music education. He has been a member of several IWU music ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, University Choir, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Lab, and Titan Band. Pluhm is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha-Alpha Lambda Chapter and served as both secretary and vice president there. During 2011 and 2012, he also served as the IWU Civic Orchestra manager.