Salida Aspen Concerts announced that Michaela Hertrich, an undergraduate student at Colorado Christian University, and Alan Mueller, a 2019 graduate of Salida High School, will receive $1,000 Encore scholarships.

Salida Aspen Concerts offered the two scholarships to students who live within the Salida, Buena Vista, Cotopaxi and Custer County school district boundaries and plan to study music in college.

Now in its 19th year, the Encore scholarship program has raised community funds to support more than 30 student musicians, according to a press release.

Hertrich, daughter of Chris and Melissa Hertrich, is pursuing a double major in vocal performance and global studies at Colorado Christian University. She previously received an associate degree from Colorado Mountain College. She has studied voice, piano and guitar and is a member of the Colorado Christian University Women’s Choir.

Hertrich said she plans to use her two degrees to teach children. She wrote in her application letter, “It is my hope that the global studies degree will provide me with a foundation to best connect with people all over the world, while my music degree will equip me to teach and spread the love of music.”

Mueller, son of Ann and Jim Mueller, will attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liverpool, U.K., to study guitar in the fall. He was a member of the Salida High School band, Rok Skool and other local performance ensembles and has received a number of awards.

In his application essay he wrote, “It is my yearning dream to find my niche in the music industry … I want to continue to be a student of music forever, because I know that the more I learn about music, the more music will teach me about myself.”

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