SYCAMORE – Sycamore Music Boosters awarded its Continuing College Music Scholarship to Gail Anderson. This scholarship is designed to assist Sycamore High School graduates in continuing their music education in college. Anderson was awarded this scholarship in recognition of her outstanding musicianship, music and academic achievements, and overall participation in music.
Anderson is in her junior year at Augustana College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in horn performance and a degree in music education. She has been involved in several ensembles, including serving as the principal player and section leader in the Augustana Symphonic Band and the Augustana Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of a Woodwind Quintet, serves as a solo accompanist for the Augustana Choir and general student recitals, is a summer piano accompanist at the Newman 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 was previously awarded the Nathanson Lesson Scholarship. Additionally, she has been on the Dean’s List each semester while studying at Augustana College, 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 will tutor students in music theory. She is involved in Horn Choir, is preparing for her junior recital this spring, has begun clinicals for student teaching next year, works in the music office as an assistant secretary and is the service chair 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. “I hope to impact students’ lives and inspire them to develop an enthusiasm for music making and lifelong musical learning.”