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St. Francis Music Center awards Guy Christiansen Music Scholarship
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St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, is proud to announce that Madeline Wright, daughter of Jim and Alice Wright, Little Falls, was recently awarded the 2012 Guy Christiansen Music Scholarship. Wright was chosen for this award by teacher recommendation and the scholarship committee. Wright has played violin for five years and trumpet for three years. She plays in the Con Brio String Orchestra and also plays in the Mary of Lourdes Band and Jazz Band. Wright is in the 7thgrade at Mary of Lourdes Middle School, Little Falls. In addition, she is involved in Girl Scouts, speech and Knowledge Bowl. Her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing and acting in plays. Future dreams for Wright include traveling the world, and after college, possibly becoming an author.

Guy Christiansen was born in 1916 in a log cabin, on a farm west of Eagle Bend, Minn. As a boy, his mother taught him how to play guitar on an instrument that had been made by her father. It was a beautiful guitar, with two five-pointed stars of shell and frets made of cow horn. By the time Guy was a teenager, he was entertaining crowds of people who came from miles around on Saturday nights to the Wykeham School to hear him sing and play.

Around 1931 he was offered an opportunity to travel to Fargo to perform on the radio. But, since these were hard times and his family was poor, the trip was considered frivolous and unaffordable. The Great Depression came and went. World War Two came and went, leaving Guy with permanent injuries to his left hand which made it impossible to ever play the guitar again. Despite all this, his four children grew up in a home where music was played and sung by everyone. Guy whistled in the morning, sang after dinner and loved to play his many harmonicas.

Guy Christiansen passed away in the spring of 2005. In his memory his children established a music scholarship in his name knowing he would be quite pleased that his scholarship is helping some young person have the opportunity to enjoy life and spread happiness through music.

St. Francis Music Center ( http://www.sfmusiccenter.org/ ) is a community school for the arts located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls.


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