Sapphire Guthrie (left) and Laura Landsberg, interim president of the Amy Ferguson Institute. Photo: Submitted

Sapphire Guthrie (left) and Laura Landsberg, interim president of the Amy Ferguson Institute. Photo: Submitted

Sapphire Guthrie named June Lythgoe Scholarship recipient

Guthrie is a student in Selkirk College’s music program

Submitted by Amy Ferguson Institute

The Amy Ferguson Institute is pleased to announce Sapphire Guthrie has been chosen to receive the 2022 June Lythgoe Music Scholarship. Sapphire will be entering her third year of study at Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music Program, and the scholarship will be used to offset her tuition for the upcoming year.

Sapphire has extensive musical experience as both a solo singer, songwriter, and as a valued member of the youth and young adult Nelson choirs, Solstice, Corazón, and Lalin. This summer Sapphire has taken on the position of assistant musical director for the Capitol Theatre’s Summer Music Theatre program. Once she completes her studies at Selkirk College, Sapphire plans to record several albums while building her career as an emerging artist, ultimately continuing to record and tour with Nelson as her home-base.

Along with others from the local community, the Lythgoe family founded the Amy Ferguson Institute in 2000. June Lythgoe passed away in 2006, and subsequently the June Lythgoe Music Scholarship was established, in collaboration with the Osprey Foundation, to provide a $1,000 scholarship to one recipient residing in the West Kootenay region to further their musical studies at a post-secondary institution, masterclass or a course of study at a summer music school.

To donate to the June Lythgoe Music Scholarship Fund, please visit www.canadahelps.org. You will receive an official receipt for your contribution within minutes.

The Amy Ferguson Institute — soon to be known as Echo Vocal Arts Alliance —is a non-profit organization in Nelson that exists to promote and support vocal arts across the West Kootenay region. To find out more about scholarships and awards, please visit www.amyfergusoninstitute.ca/awards