Marjorie Spevak Scholarship recipients announced!

Joanna Kim of Ames High School and Amara Dorr of Indian Hills Junior High were selected from a very talented pool of applicants as recipients of Civic Music Association’s Marjorie Spevak Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year.

Joanna Kim, Ames High School

Des Moines Symphony cellist George Work, Joanna’s teacher, is thrilled that his student was awarded this scholarship, which allowed her to accept a position in the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra this summer.  “Joanna is one of the most talented students I have worked with in 35 years of teaching. She is pleasant, agreeable and easy to work with. She has an outstanding work ethic and is highly dependable. I cannot imagine a more deserving recipient for the Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship.”

Amara Dorr, Indian Hills Junior High

Amara Dorr, our middle-school recipient, will use the scholarship funds to purchase a new trumpet. “She has grit and is always willing to try new things,” says Mike Amano, Amara’s band teacher. “Amara displays excitement and passion about her music, and is always aiming to improve.”
About the Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship
Marjorie Spevak has been a long-time supporter of CMA and a lifelong believer in the power of music. In 2016, the Spevak family started the Marjorie Spevak Scholarship Fund, which honors Marjorie by awarding two $500 scholarships – one to a middle school student and one to a high school student wishing to further pursue their study of music.
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Founded in 1925, Civic Music Association exists to engage, enrich and educate the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars. Our vision is a community where people are positively impacted by hearing, seeing & feeling great music through Civic Music Association.

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