Hayes receives music scholarship

CANAJOHARIE – Alex Hayes, a 2016 graduate of Canajoharie High School, is the first recipient of the Marian Settle Memorial Music Scholarship, a news release said.

Hayes is a gifted musician and was a member of the symphonic band, jazz band, choir and hand bell choir while at Canajoharie. He was a percussionist in the Montgomery County All-County Band for three years, and was also a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, according to the release. In addition to his music activities, Hayes also participated in varsity soccer, basketball and track and was actively involved with many different organizations.

Hayes is currently attending the College of St. Rose to study music industry. He is the son of Robert and Paula Hayes of Canajoharie.

The Marian Settle Memorial Music Scholarship was established in 2015 through the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to honor the memory and musical legacy of Marian Settle, the release said.

Settle began her teaching career in St. Johnsville in 1943, and later taught elementary music at both Canajoharie Central School and Schoharie Central School. According to the release, she shared her enthusiasm for music with countless children, youth and adults through her teaching and volunteer activities over many years. She was the organist and choir director of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. Johnsville for 50 years, the release said.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to support a student from Fulton, Montgomery or Schoharie counties planning to study music or music education at a two-or four-year institution.

Application materials and more information can be obtained on the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s website at www.cfgcr.org, according to the release.

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