Boardman awarded Gay scholarship

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AUBURN — Aidan Boardman, winner of the 2009 Donald M. Gay $5,000 Scholarship, is spending a successful freshman year at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.

Pursuing a four-year BA degree in music education, the Edward Little graduate, home on break, said, “I ‘m getting more and more excited about my future as a secondary level chorus teacher.”

Boardman gets to observe choral teachers in the Ithaca area and to compare their methods. A guitarist, he frequently plays for contra dances in and around Ithaca as well as in Maine with his dad, Greg Boardman, well known local musician.

While at Edward Little, Boardman played key roles in the chamber and show choruses as well as honors music performance classes as a sectional leader.

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Speaking of his motivation for music as a career, he said, “I see no better path to take, then to share the raw power of music with other young individuals and to teach them about unity and tolerance through music.”

Shawn Rice, Edward Little fine arts director, said, “He is a terrific musician, actor and artist whose questioning and analytical mind inevitably leads to serious conversations about the arts, and products that carry sophisticated and thoughtful response to any prompt.”

The Donald Gay Scholarship Fund, created and majority funded by members of the Class of ’51, annually awards a scholarship to an Edward Little senior making an outstanding contribution to the fine arts program over a four-year career. Boardman is the 10th recipient.

Applications for the 2010 Gay Scholarship for $5,000 are available in the EL Guidance Department. Deadline for completion is May 15. Anyone interested in making an individual or corporate gift to the fund may do so by contacting Malcolm W. Philbrook at the law offices of Crockett, Philbrook and Crouch, 178 Court St., Auburn, ME 04210 or by phone at 784-1587.

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