Anna Nichols, seen here, will perform Sunday during a special performance Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Lopez Ave. The concert will raise money for the church’s Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund. — Submitted.

Anna Nichols, seen here, will perform Sunday during a special performance Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Lopez Ave. The concert will raise money for the church’s Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund. — Submitted.

Performing to raise funds: Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund concert Sunday in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Local artists will come together to raise money for youth scholarships during a special performance Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave.

The concert will raise money for the church’s Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund.

Thelma McCoy, a music educator, started the scholarship fund 48 years ago in hopes of helping Clallam County’s younger players pursue their musical passions in college, according to a news release.

The concert begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship program.

First up will be pianist Gary McRoberts, who will perform jazz and light classical music on the piano.

The program also will include performances by Anna Nichols, Robin Reed, Sharla Jo and Jimmy Lind, and the Kramer family.

Nichols began her career as an organist at age 12, becoming the organist at the Methodist Church in Goldendale, according to a news release.

After a move to Kansas City, Mo., she became director of music at St. Luke Presbyterian Church.

Nichols also began composing choral and organ music and has had a number of compositions published. She won the Fischer Prize for composition in 1963 for a choral composition featuring organ and trumpets, according to the release.

Nichols later moved to Paris, where she studied with Merces da Silva Telles and Rafael de Silva.

It was in France where Nichols began a career as a piano recitalist, and served as organist at St. Mark’s English Church in Versailles, France.

After living in the Philippines, Nichols and her husband, Jerry, moved to Port Angeles in 1992. She now performs with the Peninsula Singers, as organist and worship team member at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles.

Reed has been a professional singer since 1970. He has performed at various venues in Europe and as a contract artist with Arizona Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera and Los Angeles Opera Theater, according to the news release.

Coming from a family of professional musicians, as a child Reed started singing church choirs and community chorales.

Reed and his wife moved to Sequim in 2013.

Allyson Kramer graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1980 while studying piano with Thelma McCoy, the scholarship founder.

She received first place in the Monday Musicale scholarship that year, and later received a bachelor of music degree in performance from Western Washington University and a master of music degree from the University of Minnesota.

Kramer is the founder and director of Vivace! Chamber Players, which holds classes for 200 students between the ages of 5 and college every August at Seattle Pacific University.

Rachel Kramer, 24, plays cello and piano, and is working on her bachelor of music degree in piano performance at various universities.

Carlin Kramer, 21, is an accomplished violinist and modern ballet dancer who received her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco and recently spent two weeks in Tel Aviv at the Gaga Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive, according to the news release.

Sharla Jo and Jimmy Lind have been residents of Port Angeles for the past nine years. Lind, a graduate in Traditional and Commercial Music, performs vocally with his 6- or 12-string guitars.

Sharla Jo performs on a custom washtub bass.

Those who can’t make it Sunday but want to support the fund can mail donations to Monday Musical Scholarship Fund, 161 S. Tara Lane, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

For more information, call Gary McRoberts at 360-457-7279.

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Features Editor Chris McDaniel can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at [email protected] peninsuladailynews.com.

Allyson, Carlin and Rachel Kramer, seen here, will perform Sunday during a special performance Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Lopez Ave. The concert will raise money for the church’s Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund. — Submitted.

Allyson, Carlin and Rachel Kramer, seen here, will perform Sunday during a special performance Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Lopez Ave. The concert will raise money for the church’s Monday Musicale Scholarship Fund. — Submitted.

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