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Skaneateles Fest hosts grant

Music By The Lake

Robinson Award applications now being accepted

The Skaneateles Festival is now accepting applications for The Robinson Award, a $1,500 scholarship designed to recognize an outstanding young musician for success in music performance, citizenship and contributions to the community.

Applications from students between the ages of 13 and 18 residing in the Central New York region will be considered.

Application requirements include: two letters of recommendation; a written personal statement; and a 10-15 minute recording of their playing or singing. The annual presentation of the award is made at a festival concert in August and is accompanied by a $1,500 scholarship. The recipient may also be invited to perform at a Skaneateles Festival event. For an application or more information go to skanfest.org or call 685-7418.

In 2002 the Skaneateles Festival created The Robinson Award, an annual scholarship prize, to honor Louise Robinson and her late husband, Dr. David Robinson, for their many years of tireless devotion to the festival and its ideals. The award is given annually to a young musician whose character, musicianship and community service reflect the values of David and Louise Robinson -- enthusiasm and dedication to music of high quality. The festival is pleased to be able to triple the amount of the award this year to $1,500 from the previous $500. This increase was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous foundation, as well as donations made in memory of David Robinson.

For more than 27 years the Robinsons have opened their hearts and their Skaneateles home to musicians, their families, and the audiences who come to hear them perform. Their lakeside residence, Brook Farm, has been a gathering place and rehearsal space for musicians, and is the performance venue for the Skaneateles Festival's outdoor Saturday evening concerts.

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