Rotary Announces Deborah Beene Music Award Recipients

From left, Michelle Yang, Chip Mielke and Victor Kim.  Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in 1973. 

The award is intended to assist students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction. Multiple awards may be given.

Although no first place awards were given this year, LAHS senior Chip Mielke and freshman Michelle Yang, both violin performance, tied for second place and were awarded $800 each.  LAHS sophomore Victor Kim, piano performance, received third place and an award of $400.   

The awards committee included committee chair Ed Van Eeckhout, Cindy Little, Mandy Marksteiner and Brian Newnam.

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