Six are Awarded Anne Walker Scholarships

Volume CIV, No. 6June, 2004

The Anne Walker Scholarship Fund has awarded six scholarships for the coming academic year, to help 802 members or their children pursue studies in music. Fifteen musicians applied this year.


Ariel Applebaum-Bauch is the daughter of 802 member Ronnie Bauch. She is a sophomore at Wellesley College where she studies voice. She was a member of the New York City Opera children’s choir and the Manhattan School of Music children’s festival chorus. Last year she performed in her college’s production of “Dido and Aeneas” where she sang the part of the First Witch. She is currently working on Schumann’s “Frauenliebe und Leben.”

Brent Chiarello is the son of 802 member Ed Chiarello. He is a trombonist and a high school senior who has performed with the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Jazz Ensemble, the New York All State Jazz Ensemble, the Nassau All County Jazz Ensemble, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, the Hofstra Jazz Ensemble, the Nassau Community College Jazz Ensemble and the Friends of the Arts Summer Jazz Workshop in Oyster Bay, New York. He attends Wantagh High School in Long Island where he plays in the symphonic band, jazz ensemble, various theatre productions, and a pep band which he organized. He has been accepted to Berklee and Hofstra and is waiting to hear from Eastman and SUNY Purchase.

Elyse Gellert is the daughter of 802 member Karen Hansen-Gellert. She is a violinist and a high school senior at Northport High School in Long Island. Next fall she will attend Indiana University where she will continue studying violin and also begin studies in music education. Her goal is to teach in a school setting and also conduct. She is the concertmaster of her high school orchestra and has played in many ensembles in her school. She played first violin in the All-State Symphony Orchestra of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and also played in numerous NYSSMA ensembles.

Michelle Gott is in her first year of undergraduate harp studies at Juilliard. She began studying piano at the age of two-and-a-half and harp at the age of four, all while exploring ballet, tap and jazz dance. For the summer of 2001, she studied harp with Lynne Aspnes at Interlochen (Mich.) where she was placed as principal harpist — a role in which she performed Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as Ravel’s “Tzigane” with the World Youth Festival Symphony. During the past school year, she became a member of Local 802 upon joining the pit orchestra of “The Producers” on Broadway.

Sandra Ramos is a composer and vocalist who fell in love with jazz upon hearing Billie Holiday. She studied at UclA and took music lessons privately. She moved to New York in 1995 to develop as a jazz artist. For the past 11 years, she has been singing professionally, performing in clubs, concerts, weddings, corporate functions, on cruise ships and overseas. In fact, last fall Local 802 helped her solve a work-related situation that had come up with her employer, one of the cruise lines. Recently, she decided to pursue music therapy and was accepted into NYU’s graduate program in music therapy this coming September.

Michael Rohdin is the son of 802 member Bill Rohdin. He is currently completing his second year as an undergraduate at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he is a violin performance major. Daniel Phillips is his teacher. Early in his musical career he studied at the School For Strings and later at Greenwood Music Camp. In the 1990’s, he moved to San Francisco where he freelanced in the Bay Area and joined AFM Local 6. He co-founded two string quartets and also contracted and organized gigs for his groups. He decided to return to school in New York to put more formal training in his background.