The 2016 Dorothy Fraser Memorial Scholarship Award
The Osoyoos and District Arts Council instituted an annual award to promote excellence and achievement in piano as a memorial tribute to Mrs. Dorothy Fraser. The award consists of a perpetual plaque, a keeper trophy and a scholarship of $100. To be eligible for this award, a student must live or take lessons from a teacher in the Osoyoos area and must submit marks from an authorized school of music for any practical examination session during the current year. The award will be presented to the student that submits the documentation to prove that he or she has achieved the highest mark in their exam.
It has been 22 years now since this award was established. It was presented at a recital in the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre on Monday, June 12 by Mrs. Susan Whittaker, past-president of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council. Fourteen year old Amy Lucich is this year’s recipient. She achieved the mark of 91% on her Grade One Conservatory Canada piano exam during the year of 2016. The memorial plaque will be displayed at the Osoyoos Art Centre.
Mrs. Fraser taught piano in Osoyoos for 49 years before her death in May 1995. During that time, she established the Western Board of Music exam centre in Osoyoos, was active in the Osoyoos and District Arts Council and the South Okanagan Concert Society and was well known as a constant supporter and promoter of the arts. Janet Marcotte is one of her former students. She continues to have the Conservatory Canada exam center in Osoyoos and is also the president of the South Okanagan Concert Society.