Three Locust Valley High School seniors were the winners of the Oyster Bay Arts Council 2015 Scholarship program. Cameron Carrella, Sarah Miller and Patrick Wilhelm each won $500 for their achievements in the field of music. 

The Town of Oyster Bay website states that the competition “provides a venue to showcase the creative minds of gifted high school seniors and provide them with funding to follow their dream.” 

Applicants were required to submit two reference letters from their music teachers and a personal letter detailing their career goals. Cameron plays the trumpet and will attend SUNY Purchase. Sarah plays the cello and will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music. Patrick is a vocalist who will attend the Curtis School of Music, which only accepts five students each year.

National YoungArts Winner

Patrick is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner. Out of 11,000 applicants, Patrick is one of only 787 winners. YoungArts is the exclusive path to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Award, making Patrick a finalist for that award. Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. for several days of recognition activities and have the opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

In addition to this honor, Patrick applied to the most selective music universities in the country and was accepted at every one. 

Congratulations to these exceptional young musicians!