EMA Announces Barbara Thornton Scholarship Award Winner

7 Jun 2011

[SEATTLE, WA]—Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces Laura Osterlund as the recipient of the Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship for 2011.

The Barbara Thornton Scholarship, named in honor of the singer, musicologist and founder of the medieval music ensemble Sequentia, awards $2,000 to an outstanding and highly-motivated (and possibly unconventional) young performer of medieval music who seeks to widen his/her experience through more advanced study and/or auditions in Europe.

Osterlund is a fourth year undergraduate student at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal with plans to complete her BA in Music with major concentrations in Early Music Performance on recorder and Music History. Her intention is to apply and audition for the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis’ Master of Arts in Musical Performance program in Basel, Switzerland.

The judges for the Award conclude, “Laura Osterlund is a young artist of great and proven commitment to medieval music, with a focus and seriousness of purpose rare for her age. She has an unusually probing intellect, a curiosity about the past and yet a passionate drive to make music come to life in the here and now. These attributes, together with her immense musicality and imaginative spirit, will serve her well as she ponders making new connections in Europe next year. We hope this scholarship will give her the chance to take that first step and see how her journey might continue. We are sure that Barbara Thornton would have been delighted with this choice. In the years to come we will all certainly be hearing more from Laura Osterlund, and we are proud to have played a small role in facilitating her studies.”

Originally from Oak Park, IL, Osterlund previously had won an EMA summer workshop scholarship as a high school student in 2005 to study at the Amherst Early Music Festival.

About Early Music America Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.