The highest honor at the Music Center is the Sister Justina Bieganek Award. Sister Justina was a part of the Music Center from its very beginnings in 1979. She retired at the age of 99. Bailey Lochner from Pierz has been chosen as this year’s recipient.
Also awarded were the Sister Judine Cassidy Scholarships to Claire Breitenfeldt from Long Prairie; Ava Haggerty and Isaac Olson from Little Falls; Nicholas Mettler from Burtrum; and Brianna Wuebkers from Freeport. Sister Judine was the beloved principal at St. Francis High School from 1960-1977.
Korrin Gwost from Little Falls was awarded the Lyseng Family Scholarship, which was set up by Vicki and Greg Spofford in honor of Vicki’s parents, both life-long music educators. Zachary Sobania of Little Falls was awarded the Guy Christiansen Family Scholarship set up by Carol Christiansen and family in honor of their father; and finally, Hannah Miller from Browerville was awarded the Bernet Family Scholarship, created by the Bernet family in honor of Sister Maurita Bernet and of their parents who provided music lessons to all six daughters.
St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts, located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The Center offers lessons to all ages on most musical instruments, plus sponsors three orchestras, two choirs, URock, dance and gymnastics classes, a brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, music therapy and more. The Music Center is open to everyone. For more information, visit their website at: www.sfmusiccenter.org or call (320)632-0637. St. Francis Music Center is a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.