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Bel Canto awards three music scholarships

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From left, Jocelyn Cruz, Raegan Beebe and Dominic Dobbs. (courtesy photos)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Bel Canto of Yakima, a women’s singing group, has announced three scholarship winners for the 2018 season.

Jocelyn Cruz, Raegan Beebe and Dominic Dobbs were selected as this year’s recipients of the Bel Canto Music Scholarship program. The scholarships are to be used toward a music camp of the recipient’s choice or may be applied toward private music lessons.

Cruz will be a junior at Selah High School. She has been playing the piano for nine years and has studied under Junghee Spicer. Besides piano, she plays softball and is learning guitar. She has performed with her youth group worship team. She was awarded the $500 O.J. Harper Memorial Scholarship, which will be used toward piano lessons to continue her studies.

Beebe will be a junior at Selah High School. She is a vocalist who studies classical music with Debby Hardy Smith. She participated in the solo and ensemble competition at Central Washington University and received a high rating. She participates in her school and church choirs as a soloist. She was awarded a $300 scholarship and plans to use it toward private vocal lessons.

Dobbs will be a senior at West Valley High School. He has played the flute since middle school and has taken private instruction from Linda Doria. He has competed at the solo and ensemble competition at Central Washington University every year in high school and received high ratings. He was accepted into All-State twice and played in the wind ensemble and quintet. He performs in the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra and the West Valley Wind Ensemble. Dobbs was awarded a $300 scholarship and plans to use it toward private flute instruction.

Bel Canto, celebrating 67 years of singing in the Yakima area, raised funds for the scholarships by presenting a Christmas concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Yakima, a sacred concert at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Yakima and a patriotic concert, also at Mt. Olive.

• Sue Dunn is Bel Canto Scholarship chairwoman.

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