Emily’s National Scholarship Award

Earlier this month, our daughter, Emily, received a national scholarship award at the Music for All (a.k.a. Bands of America) National Festival in Indianapolis.  One scholarship is awarded each year–this year it has her name on it…WOW!

Must share the press release just received…so happy for Emily and the Orono band students/staff (Dr K., can you hear me?) she represents.  Way to shine, Emmie!  Way to SHINE!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – When Emily Hill sat at the Music for All National Festival high school banquet, the announcement of her name as the winner of Music for All’s $1,000 William D. Revelli Scholarship took her by surprise. “I couldn’t believe my ears. My jaw just dropped, and I was shaking in disbelief the whole time,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that I was being recognized for something as amazing as music.”

A pianist since she was a small child, Emily is now a flutist, vocalist and student teacher at Orono High School in Minnesota. She attended the Music for All National Festival with the Orono High School Wind Ensemble, invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival after a taped audition process.  The Music for All National Festival includes the National Concert Band Festival, the Middle School National Music Festival, the Orchestra America National Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, and national honor ensembles in band, orchestra and jazz band. Emily says the Music for All National Festival had a profound impact on her. “I learned so much from the instructors, and I became a better musician through all the things I learned at Festival,” says Emily, daughter of Richard and Jodi Hill.

Her director, Dr. Donald Krusback, nominated Emily for the William D. Revelli Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1993 in honor of the late Dr. Revelli’s contributions to music education. This $1,000, one-time scholarship is awarded annually to a student selected from submitted nominations from the directors of ensembles and honor musicians invited to perform at the Music for All National Festival who intends to attend college as a music education major.

After high school, Emily plans to study music education in college. “It has always been my dream to make a difference in a person’s life,” she says of her career choice. “ What better way to do that than through teaching students the greatest gift of all: music?”

Dr. Krubsack, says Emily is the best student flutist he’s seen in 20 years and that she does an outstanding job as a concert band teaching assistant. “Emily is a poised leader, respected by her students and her peers,” says her director. “I have never met a high school student so excited about pursuing her career.”

Now in the midst of a college search, Emily says she is grateful for the financial and moral support of Music for All and the Revelli Scholarship award. “This scholarship will help remind me of the difference I can make in the world through teaching music,” she says. “It is truly a blessing to be granted such an honor. I will never forget the feeling I felt that night, when the importance of music grew inside me even more than I thought it could.”

Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music-making. Headquartered in Indianapolis, MFA uniquely combines regional and national music-event programming with awareness campaigns and advocacy aimed at expanding access to music in schools and communities, including significant support of the IPS music education programs. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, MFA’s programs include 25-plus annual events, including the Music for All National Festival, the Music for All Summer Symposium, the Bands of America Grand National marching band championships and Regional marching band championships across the country. Learn more at www.musicforall.org

Music for All’s efforts have been supported through successful sponsorships including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor, the Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor, Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Corporate Sponsor, Wenger Corporation; and Corporate Sponsors, SmartMusic®; NAMM; and Remo, Inc.; Associate Sponsors Vic Firth, Inc., Denis Wick and McCormick’s Enterprises; and Preferred Travel Partners, Music Travel Consultants and New Horizons Tour and Travel. Music for All is also supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

(photo is Emily with Scott McCormick, President and CEO of Music for All. Photo provided by Jolesch/Music for All.)


3 thoughts on “Emily’s National Scholarship Award

  1. WOW!!! Congratulations to Emily! I know you guys must be beaming! I have played saxophone most of my life. It began in middle school with lessons and marching band and football games. Today I can still play “We got the beat” with the best of them.
    Emily seems to have a good direction and goals to where she wants to go. Music and the ability to play my saxophone has enabled me to find good quality friends, stay out of trouble and even earn a buck or two over the last three decades. I must shout your praises as a great parent for encouraging her interest in music and allowing her to follow that passion. Because my parents did the same, something so simple has changed much of my life for the better time after time after time. And I am not even a good musician. (I sound like a cat in a dryer! Meeeeeooooow!)
    Congratulations again to Emily!


  2. Wow, you two are so encouraging, uplifting. Thank you for the comments–wish you could have seen Emily’s smile when I read her your comments. :)

    Keep on lifting the youth you can, keep on playing great music. Oh, and Ronin: get out of the dryer :)


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