Froehner wins Peter Pinto scholarship

Froehner wins Peter Pinto scholarshipThe Desert Community Orchestra Association has announced that violinist John Froehner is the winner of this year’s Peter Pinto Music Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually to students planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college. Applicants are evaluated on their musical performance, school and community involvement and future musical goals.

The award is named for the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a pediatrician, who played the violin for many years in the orchestra. John Froehner will be presented with his $350 scholarship at the DCOA’s upcoming Young Artists Concert, held at United Methodist Church of Ridgecrest on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

John is a senior graduating in June from Burroughs High School. He has been active in the local music community, during his middle and high school years participating in: school orchestras (total of seven years), receiving the director’s award, a medal and certificate of appreciation for his term as concertmaster; has performed in BHS talent shows and “Open Mic Night” at the Historic USO Building with his parents; and has created and was president (for two years) of a school club dedicated to the lost art of “shinai,” a form of martial arts revolving around the use of a weighted bamboo practice sword.

John plans to attend Cerro Coso Community College for two years, then continue his studies at a four-year university, where he will major in architectural engineering. He strongly desires to continue playing music for rest of his life, playing in community orchestras and other musical groups.

John is the son of Ivy Erickson and John Froehner.

Story First Published: 2019-03-29