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Santa Lucia seventh-grader wins Jim Fitzgerald music award

From left, Ethan Hoffman, sister Lily Hoffman, mother Kate Hepworth and piano teacher Valerie Tacker.
From left, Ethan Hoffman, sister Lily Hoffman, mother Kate Hepworth and piano teacher Valerie Tacker.

Ethan Hoffman, a seventh-grade student at Santa Lucia Middle School, received the Jim Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music on Sunday, April 24, at the Cambria Youth Music Recital and Tea.

Hoffman, 13, studies piano with Valerie Tacker. He received the 10th annual award during the event at Community Presbyterian Church.

The award is named for former Cambria Chorale director Jim Fitzgerald, who died in 2006. The Youth Music Scholarship Committee established the award and administers a fund through which scholarships are provided for more than 25 young Cambria residents to receive private instrumental and voice lessons.

Arla Stevens and Barbara MacDonough, co-chairs of the scholarship committee, presented the award to Ethan. Others on hand for the presentation included piano teacher Emily Fitzgerald, a past award winner and granddaughter of Jim Fitzgerald; along with Jim Fitzgerald’s widow, Marion Fitzgerald.

Proceeds from upcoming Cambria Chorale performances will benefit the scholarship fund. Those performances are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, and Sunday, May 15, at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Tickets for those performances, which will feature the premier of Mark Hayes’ arrangement of “Evergreen” by Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, are $16.

Details: 927-1776.

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