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Submissions open for music scholarship from Oceanside Classical Concerts Society

$2,500 award ‘fostering the future’ of all forms of music
Sabrina Blaase, left, was the 2023 winner of the Music Scholarship by the Oceanside Classical Concerts Society. (OCCS photo)

Submissions are open for the 2024 music scholarship offered by the Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS).

The annual scholarship of $2,500 is dedicated to fostering the future of all forms of music by supporting mid-Island aspiring musicians, according to a news release by the OCCS.

Young musicians who are intending to further their post-secondary education in university or college music programs are encouraged to apply.

The 2023 winner, Sabrina Blaase, is a graduate of Ballenas Secondary School and is currently studying voice at the University of Victoria. She recently toured with the UVic Chamber Singers, performing at Knox United Church which she said, “was such a fantastic (and super cool) experience.”

In thanking OCCS, Sabrina stated, “the OCCS scholarship truly was a financial jump-start for me, and it made the education I am currently working on much more affordable. It also helped lighten my financial worries, which has led to my being able to put more time and focus into my studies. It was such a blessing to receive it.”

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The application deadline for the 2024 OCCS music scholarship is April 30.

The application form and more information can be found on the OCCS website at

Oceanside Classical Concerts presents an annual series of classical performances by internationally acclaimed performers at Knox United Church in Parksville.

The society celebrates its 10th anniversary with the 2024-25 season.

Subscriptions for the season will be available to the public starting May 1.

— NEWS Staff

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