The Lewitt Music Scholarship

Lainie (Leni Lewitt) Veenstra, June ’67, created this scholarship in loving memory of her brother, Ralph, January ’65, who was a highly talented, dedicated student director of the Heights Madrigals, the vocal a cappella choir, and inductee into the Heights Vocal Music Hall of Fame. This award was also created in memory of Kaarlo Mackey, the Heights former Band and Orchestra Director, who inspired and encouraged Lainie, a flutist, throughout her participation in all the Heights instrumental programs, including her solo of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 on the orchestra’s Canadian tour. Mr. Mackey expected the student musicians to meet his high standards, especially in regards to intonation. To his credit, student concerts were a “cut above” the typical high school level because each musician was expected – if not inspired – to bring their best effort.

As she recently noted, “I remember the exceptionally talented musicians who went on to illustrious music careers. Heights High has always encouraged the arts as an important addition to their academic programs.”

This award celebrates exceptional music achievement for students pursuing a professional vocal or instrumental career.


Isabella Bradley ’22
Michah Belcher ’23