We are proud to be able to support these young artists and students in the pursuit of their artistic, academic and career goals. Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners.
2016 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners
Julia was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School witha passion for music. She will spend her summer at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. In the fall, Julia plans to studyoboe performance at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Cameron was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School where he wasinvolved in 13 productions including co-directing the 2015 Senior Directed play.Cameron plans to study theater at UW-Stevens Point.
Natalie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Natalie has beenvery involved with local theater including productions at OAC, Theatre on Main and First Stage Children's Theater. She plans to study Theatre Tech/Design with an emphasisin costuming at UW-Whitewater this fall.
Jonathan (Jack) Middleton
Jonathan was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Jack will attend the University of Minnesota where he will pursue a double major in music and political science.
2015 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners
(Josie with Kristina Higbee at Oconomowoc High School Honors Night)
Josie was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. Josie is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School with a passion for music. Josie agrees with Hans Christian Anderson, who said “where words fail, music speaks”. She plans to study music performance and education in the fall at Belmont University in Nashville. Her long term career goals include pursuing a doctoral degree so she can teach music at the university level. She won’t be able to perform at the art festival this year because she’ll be representing OHS in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Fringe Festival. Josie sings beautifully, and has recently been chosen as a high school apprentice at the Madison Opera.
Jacob was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Jacob plans to study musical theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He believes that “Art…should influence every member of society to change an unflattering reality.” Jacob has considerable experience in local theatrical productions, and has many performance skills including guitar and ear wiggling. He’s hard working, personable, and a talented actor/singer/dancer, with a passion for the theatre.
(Taylor with Kristina Higbee, 2015 Judge and Co-President of Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club)
Taylor was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Taylor will attend the University of Kentucky where she will pursue a double major in music and human health sciences. She is a musician and a scholar, as well as an athlete. Taylor was selected for first chair in the OHS Wind Symphony as a freshman, and became drum major in her senior year. She has studied with the principal flautist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for five years. Music has been and will continue to be a big part of Taylor’s life.
We are proud to be able to support these young artists and students in the pursuit of their artistic, academic and career goals. Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winners. If you know of student from the Oconomowoc area who intends to pursue a career in the arts, please encourage them to apply for an OFA Scholarship for 2016.
Mary Jo Perez
Mary Jo was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. Mary Jo is a recent graduate of Kettle Moraine High School who resides in Oconomowoc. She plans to study theatre in the fall at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Mary Jo is a singer, composer and actress with a passion for theatre.
Kylie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Lake Country Lutheran High School. Kylie plans to study illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Art has been a large part of her life and by the time she entered middle school she knew it was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Chelsie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Chelsie will attend the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she will combine her passions for both art and education. As a future teacher, she will use her skill in studio art and photography to connect with her students.
Kathy was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Kathy will attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon where she will study illustration and communication design. She has always loved to draw and paint, combining these skills with her love of nature to use the art that she creates to help protect wilderness areas.
Torrin was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. Torrin just graduated from OHS where he participated in both instrumental and vocal music. Torrin has also played with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UW Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble and the Oconomowoc Area Legion Band. Torrin is already a published music composer and plans to continue in music composition at Oberlin College & Conservatory. Torrin says, “I don’t want to write music that the world has already heard. I want to write music that is new and is me.”
Alesha was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. Alesha (pictured on the right) just graduated from OHS where she was involved in visual art, theatre and orchestra. Alesha volunteered her time and talents painting murals at Park Lawn Elementary and OHS. She’s worked backstage for Theatre On Main and the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Alesha believes, “There are so many different stories out in the world that teach lessons and can really move people, and one of the greatest ways that these stories are told is through theater.” She will major in Theater Design & Technology at UW Stevens Point.
Shelby was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. Shelby (pictured on the left) just graduated from OHS where she was involved in the choir and theatre. Shelby has had training in voice, acting, dance and guitar. She has also performed with the Showkidz! Children’s Theatre and Theater On Main. Shelby says, “To me, theater is not simply an art form; it is a way of life, something that truly comes from the heart.” She plans to attend James Madison University as a Theater major.
Sarah Kleist is the Virginia Harris scholarship recipient. She will be studying musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. During her high school career (OHS 2012) Sarah earned first place in all categories in vocal Solo & Ensemble at state in both her freshman and junior years. She has performed in seven OHS Players productions, including the female lead Penelope Pennywise in "Urinetown, the Musical" and performed with OHS Vocal Jazz for three years. She has also been involved in the community, including helping to organize an event for Moonlit Movies. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society at OHS.
2011 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners
David Gould is the first recipient of the Virginia Harris scholarship. David is a 2010 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He attended UWM and will be transferring to Schwab School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where he will be studying cello performance. David has performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony and OHS Chamber Strings as well as the OHS Orchestra and many other groups.
Scott Fillmore plans to study vocal performance and theater arts education at Brigham Young University- Idaho. A 2011 graduate of OHS, Scott has performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Express International Dance Company and the Lake Country Players Theater. He played lead roles in many OASD theater productions, and performed with the OHS orchestra and OHS choir.