Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two Vancouver musicians win Slaight scholarship to Berklee College of Music

Photograph by: Handout

Vancouver musicians Elise Boeur and Natasha Pheko have been awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music this September.

Boeur is a fiddler who has studied and performed in Ireland and Norway, and Pheko is a vocalist who studied at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

Gary Slaight, president and CEO of Slaight Communications and an Edmonton native, created the scholarship for Canadian students who demonstrate outstanding musical merit and financial need.

A total of seven Canadian students, including Boeur and Pheko, have won the Slaight Family Scholarship to Berklee, the world's largest college of contemporary music.

"Over the past five years, we've had the opportunity to help bring amazing talent from Canada to Berklee College of Music," said Slaight in a statement. "We congratulate this year's winners Elise Boeur and Natasha Pheko."

"To know that the Sarah McLachlan School of Music has launched Natasha to pursue her dreams, to benefit from Berklee's excellence in contemporary music education, with the generous support of a great Canadian philanthropist, is proof to me the power music has to create community and foster young people," added Sarah McLachlan.

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