Benjamin Carlson-Berne Fund String Instrument Scholarship Program at Withrow

John Beasley came to Withrow at the start of the Withrow University school with a focus on creating an introductory strings instrument program.  Over the past several years the, program has seen a growth in numbers and talent of students. Today there are about 30 students in Beginner classes and 25 students in more advanced classes.  An awareness of this talent came to the attention of the Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund resulting in their Foundation providing individual mentoring and lessons to the top students and group lessons outside of the classroom.  One goal is to have a performance in the Withrow auditorium. Below is their recent announcement:

The Benjamin Carlson-Berne Fund Scholarship Program is excited to let everyone know about our newest project!  We are expanding into Withrow High School to give the orchestra youth there the opportunity to have top notch lessons and coaching.  See what Dr. Isi Rudnick, the Fine Arts Curriculum Manager for Cincinnati Public Schools, has to say about it:

“Expanding the Benjamin Carlson-Berne Fund Scholarship Program to Withrow University High School will offer one of the most deserving but underserved student populations in our district an important music resource. Through lessons and coaching with some of the most respected professional teacher artists in our region, Withrow students will finally have the opportunity to receive weekly musical mentoring that will profoundly impact their musical growth and maturity.”

This is a pilot project for one year. Your gift can extend our reach at Withrow even further. Let’s make this project a golden example of what quality mentoring and teaching can do.


Thank you for of your support, and the kids thank you too!

Phil Berne and Susan Carlson


In photo at left, past BCB Scholars Charles Ramsey III and Allyssa McCollum

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