The Marblehead Festival of Arts is proud to support these artists
Each year since 2008, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has offered the $500 Milton Bloom Student Art Scholarship to a deserving student in grades 7 through 11. It is sponsored by the Bloom family, in memory of Milton Bloom, a lifelong supporter of the arts. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to the winning student to help pay tuition for a program in the arts, including fine arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Since 1986, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has awarded a scholarship to a high school senior who resides in or attends school in Marblehead, and who is pursuing higher education in visual arts, performing arts, crafts, music, or drama. The Festival’s objective is to encourage students interested in pursuing the arts professionally to acquire a sound academic grounding in their chosen fields. The criteria considered by the Festival’s Scholarship Committee include financial need; academic achievements; art achievements; art-related and other activities, both in and out of school; honors and special citations received; and intended vocation.
At their annual meeting in November 2016. the Marblehead Festival of Arts received a generous donation from the Warwick Foundation. Because of this donation, we will be offering a second scholarship to a senior at Marblehead High School who is a Marblehead resident.
Both scholarships will be awarded annually, and the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held just before the summer Festival. In 1986, the amount of the scholarship was $1,000. It was increased to $1,500 in 1997, and to $3,000 in 2001.
Milton Bloom Scholarship
Andrew Schrader is 13 years old and just finished 8th grade at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School. He is the current keyboardist for the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Jazz Band, and has also been playing the flute for 4 years in the Concert Band. Last year he played the flute in the Middle School Jazz Band. Since 4th grade he has played the flute in the Village School Concert Band from 4th through 6th grade, and the Veterans Middle School Concert Band from 7th through 8th grade which he is currently preforming in. Andrew plans on joining the Marblehead High School Jazz Band as a keyboardist next year.
For the last three years, Andrew has been studying piano with weekly private lessons. This past year, he has also been taking bass guitar lessons and is really enjoying them. He will be continuing studying bass guitar and piano in the Fall of 2016.
Andrew thanks us for choosing him to be the recipient of the Milton Bloom Student Scholarship Award. He is excited to use the scholarship to continue his pursuit in music.
Victoria (Tory) Gilligan is a 2016 graduate of Marblehead High School. The scholarship awarded will be used to help fund her education in Vocal Performance and Music Education within The Hartt School at The University of Hartford.
In Marblehead, Tory has been singing in school choir since 7th grade. She is a member of Tri-M Honor Society and Luminescence. Tory is also currently interning at the local charter school in music classes. In Boston, Tory has participated in productions with Trinity Church and The Boston Camerata. Tory has also been a dedicated member of The Boston City Singers for about six years and has traveled with the choir to South Africa, Argentina, and Costa Rica.
Tory was accepted into all ten music schools she auditioned for including Ithaca College, SUNY Fredonia, UMass Amherst, and Providence College. Tory is currently a Continuing Education student at New England Conservatory and privately studies with well-known soprano, Jean Danton. She is thrilled to have received this award and looks forward to beginning her college education.
Milton Bloom Scholarship
Annabelle Kearney is a junior at Marblehead High School and is planning to use the Milton Bloom Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Performance Program. She has been involved in music since she was eight years old when she started voice lessons and singing in school choirs. Annabelle has been in upwards of twenty musicals through community theaters and school productions. She’s continued her involvement in school choirs and choir festivals from elementary school through high school, most recently representing Marblehead High School in the Massachusetts All-State Festival Chorus. Annabelle’s active participation in the high school’s a cappella program includes being a member of Luminescence and being director of the student-run all girl a cappella group, Serendipity. She is so thankful to receive this scholarship and looks forward to attending the Berklee program.
Jacob Sundlie is a senior at Marblehead High School where he is a member of Tri-M Honor Society and the Marblehead Acapella Counsel. He is an active member of both the theatre and music departments. He also serves as President of the Drama Club and Internal Affairs Manager of the Grizzly Freakin’ Man Singers. He loves to stay active in the local theatre community, volunteering his time to work as a member of the crew on various productions at Marblehead Little Theatre where he recently was awarded the MLT Scholarship. Some shows he’s helped with include “Godspell” and “Noises Off!”
To polish his acting skills, Jacob spent the summer of 2013 at Sarah Lawrence College’s Musical Theater Intensive. Over the past four years, Jacob has been cast in numerous leading roles on the high school stage, including Jimmy Smith in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Anthony Hope in “Sweeney Todd,” Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls,” Coulmier in “Marat/Sade,” and most recently Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha.” He also played Demetrius in MLT’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And was most recently seen in Nate Bertone’s “Letters From War” at Salem Theatre Company. In addition to acting, Jacob directed an original student run show at MLT called “Dear Marie.”
Jacob was accepted to over a dozen notable BFA: Musical Theatre Programs through the help of a Manhattan based coaching company (MTCA) that prepared him for the rigorous auditions/ audition process which he was able to pay for using the Milton Bloom Scholarship that MFoA graciously awarded him last year. Jacob has two passions in life: theatre and spreading awareness, especially about the Holocaust. His grandfather was an English and Holocaust Studies professor. He is delighted that he can continue his grandfather’s legacy, combining his passion for theatre with his strong interest in WWII history to move and educate a modern audience. He has directed a Holocaust Commemoration play that has been touring around various venues in the North Shore including Gordon Conwell TheologicalSeminary. He also recently performed in “The Diary of Anne Frank” as Peter Van Daan at MLT.
Jacob will attend Otterbein University next year in Ohio where only 8 BFA: Musical Theatre Majors were selected out of thousands who auditioned.
Past Senior Scholarship Winners
1986 Gary D. Pomerantz 1990 Allan Edward Naplan 2000 Bradford Smith 2010 Kaylah West
1987 Rachel Ann Conly 1991 Nick Bontaites 2001 Bonnie Fraser 2011 Ariana Conte
1988 Ursina Amsler 1992 David Ruckle 2002 Joseph H. Page 2012 Rebecca Purchase
1989 Steven Jay Felven 1993 Dara Hamilton 2003 Sara Beesley 2013 Danielle J. DeVellis
1994 Keri Thibodeau 2004 Alex Harvey 2014 Anastasia Cahill
1995 Jennifer Ann Gosling 2005 Gregory Tufts 2015 Jacob Sundlie
1996 Jamie Royce 2006 Anna Webster 2016 Victoria (Tory) Gilligan
1997 Eli Queen 2007 Elisha Musgraves
1998 Elyse Montague 2008 Ariel McKenney
1999 Derek Montaque 2009 Melissa Kornfeld