The winner of our 2017 President’s Challenge is Daniel Goldschmidt and his private practice in Richmond, VA. The practice currently has contracts with dementia units at older adult care facilities, a contract with a national hospice company, provides early childhood groups, provides individual sessions with adolescents with special needs, and is expanding services to Fredericksburg, VA. Goldschmidt Music Services hopes to focus the funds it will save on these instruments on programming for facilities and families that could not afford services otherwise and on the education and care of its employees. http://www.goldschmidtmusicservices.com
The winner of our $150 AMTA Membership scholarship is Kathlynn Sell! Kathlynn is a current intern in Boston and was a peer advisor and student ambassador at Berkeley College of Music. Kathlynn is also involved in the regional level of AMTAS having served as the secretary for NER-AMTAS. She is involved in international service and is showing initiative in her research in music in language with Mowat Wilson Syndrome. Her passion for music therapy and individuals with genetic disorders is laudable, and we wish her the best as she finishes her internship. Congratulations, Kathlynn.
The winner of our $220 Undergraduate Scholarship is Rachel Quirbach! Rachel is an undergraduate at Arizona State. She’s known as a reliable and professional student, which is reflected in her 4.0 GPA. Rachel is a high achiever and was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Pre-Clinical Student Award at ASU’s Music Therapy Showcase and Fundraiser. She’s also engaged in service in her school and community as a student academic mentor, president of the Gamma Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and as Drum Major for ASU’s Sun Devil Marching Band. Rachel is certainly off to a great start in her studies, and we are so happy to be able to support her in her studies.
The winner of our $220 Internship Allowance Scholarship is Zoe Levine. Zoe is a senior at West Virginia University and is our current AMTAS secretary. Zoe co-founded the Student Music Therapy Association (SMTA) at West Virginia University, was the first president of SMTA, served as president of the Kappa lambda chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and served as her school's representative to the regional board. She also presented on connecting across cultures at our 2017 National Passages Conference. Zoe will begin her internship with Annapolis music therapy in January, and we are excited to see her succeed in this new role.
The winner of our $220 Graduate and Equivalency Scholarship is Maevon Gumble. As a masters student at Slippery Rock University Maevon has already coauthored a chapter entitled “Beyond the Binaries: Negotiating Gender and Sex in Music Therapy,” and has presented at a number of conferences include two presentations at this AMTA conference, so keep an eye out for those. Maevon is active on Slippery Rock’s campus organizing events that promote social change including helping organize a panel on intimate partner violence that included the unique experience of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. Maevon, we appreciate all you’re doing to make the music therapy community more inclusive.
The winner of our CBMT $325 scholarship is Lauren Viljamaa. Lauren is an intern in the Fulton County school system in Georgia. Lauren came to music therapy after a 15 year career as a music educator and is completing her equivalency program at the University of Georgia. Lauren brings her professional experience and enthusiasm to her work with SER-AMTAS, serving as the regional president and mentoring other interns and students. Her passion for the students she works with and for music therapy shines through in her clinical work and service to the student organization, so we are very happy to present her with this award.