LagunaTunes scholarships honor Roxanna Ward

LagunaTunes Community Chorus has presented scholarships to five recent Laguna Beach High School graduates – in honor of popular retiring choral instructor Roxanna Ward. 

For nineteen years, Ms. Ward has brought the joy of group singing to Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School students with uncommon skill, enthusiasm, and humor. A successful singer, pianist, and comedienne, she was honored by the Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade last year as Artist of the Year. She is also a former LagunaTunes director and has appeared with the group in concert as a guest performer. 

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LagunaTunes has awarded five scholarships to LBHS grads in honor of Roxanna Ward 

Recipients of the $200 scholarships are Annamarie McIntosh, Gianna Morreale, Isadora Feinberg, Malin Glade, and Zoe Waters. Each recipient received a letter stating, “The mission of LagunaTunes is creating community through the joy of singing, and we believe that you personify that sentiment.”

LagunaTunes President Patti Jo Kiraly adds, “Ms. Ward is a very special person who not only is an amazing musician herself, but has that special ability to bring others into the world that she loves and make you love it too.” 

LagunaTunes rehearsals and performances are temporarily suspended because of COVID-19, but members look forward to the day they can safely resume. The chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. 

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions). Funding is by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

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