Rosa Khalife-McCracken, president of Mozart Club of Wilkes-Barre PFMC/NFMC, president the annual Marion Munson Music Scholarship to four high school seniors who will pursue degrees in music.
Pianist and vocalist Dominick Cristofori D’Alessandro, of Wyoming Seminary, participated in the 2017 PMFC District 9 and Region 4 Choral Festivals and was awarded first place in Anne Liva Young Artists Piano Competition. He was also awarded the Charles B. Kanarr Award for Music Excellence. He will attend Catholic University of America.
Marquis Johnson, of James M. Coughlin High School, is a singer and plays the flute, piccolo and saxophone. He was a member of his school’s marching band, jazz band, orchestra, wind ensemble and concert band, and participated in PMEA District Band, District Chorus and District Orchestra. Johnson also participated in regional band festivals and was a member of American Youth Ensemble and Wyoming Valley Band. He will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Christian Clinton, of Agora Cyber Charter School, is a singer and actor who has performed in productions at Kiss Theater, Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Theater of the Performing Arts, F.M. Kirby Center, Joan Harris Conservatory and Theater at the Grove. He will attend American Musical and Drama Academy in New York.
Jessica Ann Hopkins, of Wyoming Area High School, was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award. She plays flute and participated in PMEA District Band, Regional Band and All-State Concert Band. She is a founding member of Northeast Youth Wind Ensemble at Marywood University and participated in NEPA Philharmonic’s mentoring program, during which she performed in a side-by-side concert with the philharmonic. Hopkins will attend Penn State University for Music Education.
The Mozart Club of Wilkes-Barre is a member of the National Federation and Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs and was organized in 1906. Throughout the past 111 years, the club has continued to support the mission of encouraging and promoting musical interest among its members, but most importantly, to encourage the development of musical talent in the youth of the community.