MOSCOW — Four winning participants of this year’s 55th Annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will receive scholarships to the University of Idaho from the Avista Foundation for their outstanding performances.
In the voice category, Asiah Keenan, a high school student from Sandpoint, won first place and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Finalist Sarah Stevenson, an undergraduate student at Wellington High School in Nanaimo, BC, will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
In the instrumental division, Thea Guitard, a junior from Wellington High School, won first place with her trombone performance and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Elijah Geddes, a junior from Wellington High School, was a finalist with a flute performance and also won a $1,000 scholarship.
The scholarships can be used to pursue any major at the University of Idaho.
“We were thrilled to see so many participants online and in person this year,” said Vanessa Sielert, principal of the Lionel Hampton School of Music, which hosts the annual event. “We hope to see them all return next year and are delighted to offer Avista scholarships to these four students.”
Since 2017, the Avista Foundation Scholarships have been awarded annually at the U of I to the festival’s top high school vocal and instrumental soloists.
“Avista is pleased to honor these accomplished students and support the University of Idaho’s iconic jazz festival,” said Paul Kimmell, regional sales manager at Avista. “We hope this will help these students pursue their dreams.”
This year’s festival, which took place February 23-26, featured artist and educational workshops, performances and concerts, including live performances by jazz stars and archival footage from big names. of the past, including Lionel Hampton himself.
Other winners and their awards can be found on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival website.