Jennifer Christen, an oboe player from Frontier High School who plans to major in music performance, has won the $5,000 Eleanor V. Millonzi Scholarship awarded by the Volunteer Foundation of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Jennifer is principal oboist in the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and a member of the Frontier Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet, Marching Band, and the Chromatic Club of Buffalo. She studies oboe with Pierre G. Roy, principal oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jennifer plays the piano for the Frontier Jazz Ensemble and pit band. She has played the English horn in her school orchestra and tenor saxophone in jazz band. She played for the National School Boards Convention in San Diego this spring. She is in the Top Ten of her graduating class and a member of National Honor Society. She also plays her oboe in church and gives oboe lessons at her home.
The $1,000 scholarship went to Stephen C. Price, a pipe organist from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts who will pursue a degree in organ performance/sacred music in the fall. He is an organ scholar at St. Paul's Cathedral where he regularly accompanies the choirs and has performed in the cathedral's noontime recital series. He teaches music theory to the boy and girl choristers and is a member of the American Guild of Organists. He studies pipe organ with Andrew P. Scanlon, assistant organist at the cathedral. He has expertise in piano, voice, recorder, trumpet, viola, and clarinet. He plays in his school's Senior High Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Band. He also accompanies the Arts Academy Choir. He will perform on the Shea's Buffalo Mighty Wurlitzer organ as part of the Buffalo Public Schools Music Department Annual Collage Concert May 24.