First of ‘100 Mile Joe’ scholarships awarded

Bartholomew Glass, ‘Doah Staff Writer
September 17, 2014

'Doah photo courtesy of su.edu

‘Doah photo courtesy of su.edu

College has and always will be an expensive feat. Joe Lovinsky, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and French horn, knew this well. As a young undergraduate, he attended Juilliard on loans and spent more than enough time sleeping under piano benches or outside at parks. Though he struggled financially, Lovinsky was determined to finish his degree and become a professional performer.

In March 2014, Professor Lovinsky finished 100 miles and raised $8,500 in scholarship money. He wanted to help those who were studying the French horn and were struggling financially just like he did. With this money, he hoped to ease the burden of costs.

At the Horn Concert on Sept. 10, the first inaugural ‘100 Mile Joe’ Scholarship was awarded to two Conservatory French horn students. According to Lovinsky, the choice for who would receive the scholarship was difficult, so senior music performance major Michael Hollin and senior music education major Sara Johnson both won awards.

Hollin transferred to Shenandoah University in the fall of 2013 and was already an efficient horn player. With “exceptional work ethic,” he has surpassed the level he came in with and puts in more than 20 hours of practice time. Hollin also participates in several ensembles, including the Orchestra and the Shenandoah Horns Ensemble. Due to his performances and hard work, he now serves as the Orchestra’s Principal Horn Player for the fall of 2014.

Johnson, according to Lovinsky, improved the most throughout the entire Shenandoah Horn Department. She had taken a year off to work and earn money, so she could continue attending school and finish her degree. She returned during the same semester Hollin transferred in and began working hard once again. Johnson actively participates in the National Honor Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and hopes to one day teach either elementary or middle school students. She also works as a teacher at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy.

Both Hollin and Johnson worked incredibly hard to receive the award, and the decision seemed to be a difficult one. Professor Joe Lovinsky and other ensemble directors debate upon the scholarship and are careful in choosing the candidates.

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