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Leah, 90th Anniversary Performer

Leah, 90th Anniversary Performer

Posted: 10.30.14

Central Scholarship recipient Leah Claiborne

Leah Claiborne is October’s Scholar of the Month and a featured performer at our upcoming 90th anniversary celebration. Leah’s passion for playing the piano started at an early age.  When she was five years old, her parents took her to see one of the world’s greatest pianists, Leon Fleisher, perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.  “I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to produce such a heavenly sound.”  A month after seeing Fleisher perform, Leah began taking piano lessons.  At eight years old, Leah won her first national piano competition.

Leah began her college career in New York City studying piano performance and pedagogy at the Manhattan School of Music, one of the top music conservatories in the world.  After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, Leah began her graduate career pursuing a double degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy at the University of Michigan.

Leah will perform at our 90th anniversary celebration, Central Scholarship’s Got Talent, in November.  Please join us on November 8th in celebrating our 90th birthday for a night of performances by our talented scholarship recipients.

Courtney, 90th Anniversary Performer

Posted: 09.29.14

Central Scholarship recipient Courtney Wersick
Since the age of ten, the thing that has made Courtney Wersick happiest is performing. From the moment she stepped onto a little stage in the gymnasium of her elementary school as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, she knew she would not be happy in any other career. “I want to spend every day, using music to shed light on the lives of others,” writes Courtney. “I believe music is a universal language – crossing all barriers of culture, class, and race.” Courtney hopes to change the reputation of classical music for the younger generation. She wants to introduce this genre of music to those who may have written it off and showcase its beauty. Courtney is a vocal performance student at Towson University. She sees herself eventually performing around the world sharing music and her voice with others. Courtney was thrilled to receive The Richard Louis Caplan Endowed Scholarship for Music in 2014.  

Now YOU can watch Courtney perform at Central Scholarship’s Got Talent, our 90th anniversary celebration on November 8th.  Buy tickets today and come out for an evening of dinner and performances by our talented performing arts scholarship recipients at the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  We look forward to watching Courtney perform on stage at MICA next month and we hope you will join us.