Save the Date for the Festival

August 18th and 19th, 2018, 10am - 5pm

Scholarship

The Festival of the Arts awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a college major in visual or performance arts. It is our way of ensuring that future generations will continue our legacy of love for the world of fine arts.

We are proud to be able to support these young artists and students in the pursuit of their artistic, academic and career goals.  Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship winners. 

If you know of student from the Oconomowoc area who intends to pursue a career in the arts, please encourage them to apply for an OFA Scholarship for 2018.

The deadline to apply for 2018 is April 15, 2018, no exceptions.



The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship winners.


2017 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Sean Harris

Sean Harris  | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Sean was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. Sean started dancing at Hansing's School of Dance with his grandpa at the age of four and has continued to do so since then. Sean is also heavily involved the Oconomowoc High School theater department. He has participated in ten OHS Player productions, including The Suitcase Dreams, a production taken over seas to Edinburgh, Scotland and performed at the Fringe Festival. Sean will continue performing at Edgewood College in Fall 2017 and hopes to continue to perform as long as he can.

 

 

Olivia Harwood

Olivia Harwood | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts

Olivia is the first recipient of the John Rawlins Memorial Scholarship.  Olivia is a recent graduate from Oconomowoc High School and has been involved with the art department throughout her education.  She competes on the Varsity Lacrosse team and hopes to play in the future. She will be attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in the fall to pursue a major in Illustration.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Schroll

Jennifer Schroll | Oconomowoc Festival of the ArtsJennifer was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  Jennifer found an equal interest in art and technology.  She has pursued those interests by enrolling in IB Art classes and Project Lead The Way engineering courses. She was a member and co-captain of the OHS Robotics Team.   She is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M music Society, and the Spanish Honor Society.  She was recognized for over 300 hours of community service at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.  Most recently, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for designing and implementing a “Girls In the Shop” workshop encouraging young women to explore their interests in STEM and Technical careers.   Jennifer is has been accepted to the Industrial Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where she will be starting as a freshman in the fall of 2017.




Haley Pfister

Haley was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  Haley has been involved in music for the past 13 years through Piano, Oboe, English Horn and many other instruments. Currently, she has been creating channel art banners for You-Tubers and pursuing her love of photography.  A recent trip to Ecuador provided a wonderful opportunity to utilize her photography skills.   Haley will be attending UW Stout in fall and plans to Major in Multimedia Design and Production, and a Minor in Oboe performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Julia Simpson

Julie Simpson | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts | Virginia Harris Memorial ScholarshipJulia was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School witha passion for music. She will spend her summer at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. In the fall, Julia plans to studyoboe performance at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 



Cameron Cieszki

Cameron Ciezki | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts | Fine Arts Scholarship Cameron was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School where he wasinvolved in 13 productions including co-directing the 2015 Senior Directed play.Cameron plans to study theater at UW-Stevens Point.

 

 

 

 

 


Natalie Plautz

Natalie Plautz | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts | OFA ScholarshipNatalie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Natalie has beenvery involved with local theater including productions at OAC, Theatre on Main and First Stage Children's Theater. She plans to study Theatre Tech/Design with an emphasisin costuming at UW-Whitewater this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan (Jack) Middleton

Jack Middleton | Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts | OFA ScholarshipJonathan was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. Jack will attend the University of Minnesota where he will pursue a double major in music and political science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

2015 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Josie Ray

josie scholarship 2015
(Josie with Kristina Higbee at Oconomowoc High School Honors Night)

Josie was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship.  Josie is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School with a passion for music.  Josie agrees with Hans Christian Anderson, who said “where words fail, music speaks”.   She plans to study music performance and education in the fall at Belmont University in Nashville.  Her long term career goals include pursuing a doctoral degree so she can teach music at the university level.  She won’t be able to perform at the art festival this year because she’ll be representing OHS in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Fringe Festival.  Josie sings beautifully, and has recently been chosen as a high school apprentice at the Madison Opera.

Jacob Rankin

Jacob was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  Jacob plans to study musical theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He believes that “Art…should influence every member of society to change an unflattering reality.”  Jacob has considerable experience in local theatrical productions, and has many performance skills including guitar and ear wiggling.  He’s hard working, personable, and a talented actor/singer/dancer, with a passion for the theatre.

Taylor Tuftee

taylor scholarship 2015
(Taylor with Kristina Higbee, 2015 Judge and Co-President of Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club)

Taylor was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  Taylor will attend the University of Kentucky where she will pursue a double major in music and human health sciences.  She is a musician and a scholar, as well as an athlete.  Taylor was selected for first chair in the OHS Wind Symphony as a freshman, and became drum major in her senior year.  She has studied with the principal flautist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for five years.  Music has been and will continue to be a big part of Taylor’s life.

 

We are proud to be able to support these young artists and students in the pursuit of their artistic, academic and career goals.  Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winners.  If you know of student from the Oconomowoc area who intends to pursue a career in the arts, please encourage them to apply for an OFA Scholarship for 2016.

 

 


 

2014 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Mary Jo Perez

Mary Jo was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship.  Mary Jo is a recent graduate of Kettle Moraine High School who resides in Oconomowoc.   She plans to study theatre in the fall at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Mary Jo is a singer, composer and actress with a passion for theatre.

Kylie Benson

Kylie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  She is a recent graduate of Lake Country Lutheran High School.  Kylie plans to study illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  Art has been a large part of her life and by the time she entered middle school she knew it was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

Chelsie Bence

chelsiebence2014Chelsie was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  Chelsie will attend the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she will combine her passions for both art and education.  As a future teacher, she will use her skill in studio art and photography to connect with her students.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Bruno

Kathy was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  She is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  Kathy will attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon where she will study illustration and communication design.  She has always loved to draw and paint, combining these skills with her love of nature to use the art that she creates to help protect wilderness areas.

 



2013 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

 

Torrin Hallett
Torrin was awarded the Virginia Harris Memorial Scholarship.  Torrin just graduated from OHS where he participated in both instrumental and vocal music.  Torrin has also played with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UW Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble and the Oconomowoc Area Legion Band.  Torrin is already a published music composer and plans to continue in music composition at Oberlin College & Conservatory.  Torrin says, “I don’t want to write music that the world has already heard.  I want to write music that is new and is me.”

Alesha Hollatz
Alesha was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  Alesha (pictured on the right) just graduated from OHS where she was involved in visual art, theatre and orchestra.  Alesha volunteered her time and talents painting murals at Park Lawn Elementary and OHS.  She’s worked backstage for Theatre On Main and the Oconomowoc Arts Center.  Alesha believes, “There are so many different stories out in the world that teach lessons and can really move people, and one of the greatest ways that these stories are told is through theater.”  She will major in Theater Design & Technology at UW Stevens Point.

Shelby Buchanan
Shelby was awarded an OFA Fine Arts Scholarship.  Shelby (pictured on the left) just graduated from OHS where she was involved in the choir and theatre.  Shelby has had training in voice, acting, dance and guitar.  She has also performed with the Showkidz! Children’s Theatre and Theater On Main.  Shelby says, “To me, theater is not simply an art form; it is a way of life, something that truly comes from the heart.”  She plans to attend James Madison University as a Theater major.



2012 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Sarah Kleist is the Virginia Harris scholarship recipient. She will be studying musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. During her high school career (OHS 2012) Sarah earned first place in all categories in vocal Solo & Ensemble at state in both her freshman and junior years. She has performed in seven OHS Players productions, including the female lead Penelope Pennywise in "Urinetown, the Musical" and performed with OHS Vocal Jazz for three years. She has also been involved in the community, including helping to organize an event for Moonlit Movies. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society at OHS.

Sara Imperl, a 2012 graduate of Oconomowoc High School plans to study art therapy at UW Superior. She has been involved in community and school activities including painting murals for disabled students and for her church, working with 8th grade art students, volunteering at Shorehaven and at Lake Country Caring. Sara is a member of NHS, earned the Scholar Athlete Award all 4 years of high school, and has been selected by the art department to enter art in a high school art contest. 

 


 

2011 Festival of the Arts Scholarship Winners

David Gould is the first recipient of the Virginia Harris scholarship.  David is a 2010 graduate of Oconomowoc High School.  He attended UWM and will be transferring to Schwab School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where he will be studying cello performance.  David has performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony and OHS Chamber Strings as well as the OHS Orchestra and many other groups. 

Scott Fillmore plans to study vocal performance and theater arts education at Brigham Young University- Idaho.   A 2011 graduate of OHS, Scott has performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Express International Dance Company and the Lake Country Players Theater.  He played lead roles in many OASD theater productions, and performed with the OHS orchestra and OHS choir.