Bittner Flute Awarded to Highline 9th Grader

Press release:

The 2012 Bittner Flute has been awarded to Catalina Corvalan Frugone, a 9th grader at Global Connections High School and the daughter of Alfredo Corvalan and Karen Frugone in SeaTac. The award recognizes exceptional talent in a young flute player and was presented at the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The Bittner Flute is a sterling silver Gemeinhardt instrument donated to the Highline Music4Life™ program by Nancy Bittner of Seattle’s University Sunrise Rotary Club.

The recipient is selected annually by secondary school music teachers in Highline Public Schools on the basis of talent and long-term interest in studying music.

Catalina is a member of in the Global Connections Band. She will have use of the Bittner Flute for the 2012-13 school year.

It will be re-acquired by Highline Music4Life next spring for any repairs and other maintenance that are needed over the summer.

Highline music teachers will select the next year’s recipient next fall.

Catalina will be eligible to compete for it again at that time as long as she is enrolled in Highline Public Schools.

Highline Music4Life acquires musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and donates them free of charge to Highline Public Schools for use by students of low income families. The program was created by the school board last spring and is sponsored in-part by the Rotary clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac.

“You don’t have to be a Rotarian to support Music4Life,” says David Endicott. “All that’s necessary is that you understand the unique value that instrumental music plays in the total education of a child.”

“Catalina consistently displays an excellent attitude and a willingness to work toward her goals,” says Highline music teacher Lynetta Nelthropp. “Last weekend, Catalina and her father were the first to arrive at the annual Christmas tree sale at 7 a.m. Catalina worked the entire day with a great attitude and a constant smile. Global Connections is lucky to have such a fine student.”

Currently, 75 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in Highline Public Schools who participate in instrumental music programs are from families that are income-eligible. The Highline Music4Life™ initiative intends to assist half that number.

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