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Laura Austin Photo / The Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship is awarded annually to students (graduating high school seniors on their 22nd birthday) planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college. Joanne Freeman (center) of the Desert Community Orchestra Association congratulates awardees violinist Amanda Hunyh and cellist Aiden Kyte for receiving the award.

Peter Pinto Music Scholarships awarded to two seniors

Desert Community Orchestra Association Joanne Freeman– The recipients of this year’s Desert Community Orchestra Association (DCOA) sponsored Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship are cellist Aiden Kyte and violinist Amanda Hunyh. The Peter Pinto Music Scholarship is awarded annually to students (graduating high school senior to 22nd birthday) 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 after the late Dr. Peter Pinto, a former local pediatrician who was a long-time member and supporter of the Desert Community Orchestra. This year’s awards total $4000, the largest amount given to date by the DCOA.

Aiden Kyte is a senior who will be graduating in June from Burroughs High School (BHS). He has been studying privately since 2016 and has participated in the school orchestra, serving as section leader for 2 years and as secretary of the BHS Music Council. He has performed in pit orchestras for local musicals and opera productions and has been a member of the Desert Community Orchestra since 2022. Aiden plans to study locally at Cerro Coso Community College before transferring to a university to complete a music degree. His plans for his $2500 award include applying it to tuition costs and private lessons for the upcoming two years. Aiden states that it has been a lifelong dream to be a professional cellist and to give back to his musical community. He is the son of Arwen & Collin Kyte.

Amanda Huynh is also a senior at Burroughs High School. She has studied violin privately for nine years and currently serves as concertmaster and Orchestra Council president. At SCSBOA music festivals, she received a Command Performance award twice. Amanda also serves as National Honor Society president and is very involved in extracurricular organizations. Her plans include attending UCSB and studying political science. She was awarded a $1500 Peter Pinto scholarship and will purchase equipment and music for her private violin studies, which she plans to continue. She desires to join a performing ensemble while at university. Amanda states she would like to work for positive change, as music has done so for her. She is the daughter of Lewis Hunyh & Kim Hanh Nguyen.