Erik Ellis was awarded Cascadia’s senior scholarship. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

Erik Ellis was awarded Cascadia’s senior scholarship. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

By Laurelle Walsh

Cascadia, The Methow Music Association, has awarded its senior scholarship to Liberty Bell High School graduating senior Erik Ellis.

Ellis will receive $1,000 toward continuing his musical studies at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho next year.

Ellis is a vocalist and piano student who created the Methow Valley Jazz Choir during his senior year. The 12-member choir performed a program of 1940s and ‘50s jazz standards in three concerts last month under the direction of Ellis.

“Here’s a kid who came to Liberty Bell for his senior year and did some really remarkable things,” said Cascadia scholarship committee member Karen Edwards.

The scholarship will be announced at senior awards night on June 5.

Ellis was also the third-place recipient of this year’s Christine Cherrington Merit Award, presented at Pipestone Music Days on May 17. Second place went to cellist Stephanie Strong and first place was awarded to guitarist Peter Aspholm.

Cascadia awards need-based scholarships to Pipestone School of Music students in the fall. It also offers a sponsorship program, through which community members may sponsor all or part of the tuition costs of a student who otherwise couldn’t afford the lessons, Edwards said.

For more information about Cascadia or its scholarship program, contact the Cascadia/Pipestone office at 997-0222.