Carol Medrano Scholarship

Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship Winners

Music by the Mountain (MbM) has selected Anna Fruedenburg, Yreka High School senior, to receive the $2,000 Carol Medrano Music Scholarship for aspiring college music majors from Siskiyou County. And due to outstanding applications, Music by the Mountain decided to award two $500 each special scholarships to Ian Budesa, Mount Shasta High School senior, and Asher Neitsch, high school senior at Golden Eagle Charter School.

Anna Freudenberg is a senior at Yreka High School. She has taken piano lessons for eleven years with Catherine Darnall and has recently completed her Level X Evaluation and Distinction through the Oregon Music Teachers Association. She has been involved in chorale groups and band since fifth grade and is currently in the YHS Drama Club. She starred as Mary Poppins at YHS in March, 2019 and was also in the YHS productions Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast. She is planning to attend Biola University in the Fall, majoring in music, focusing on voice. She eventually wants to be a church music director or worship leader, and doing more with music education.

Asher Neitsch attends Golden Eagle Charter School and is also taking music classes at the College of the Siskiyous. He plans to continue at College of the Siskiyous, studying music, and then transferring to a four year university continuing his music studies with a minor in computer science. Ultimately he would like to pursue a Master's Degree because he wants to become a music teacher at a middle school, high school or community college. He hopes to direct a jazz band, a choir, and an orchestra wherever he ends up.

Ian Budesa, a senior at Mount Shasta High School has experimented with violin, guitar, and trumpet but found his true passion with singing. He has performed with MSHS's jazz and chamber choirs. A well-rounded individual, Budesa is into art, winter sports, and baking. He started his own bakery - the Budesa Bow Tie Bakery - for his senior project, and uses his skills for fundraisers. He will be double majoring in Art and Music at UC Santa Cruz.


~ About the Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship Fund ~

Carol Medrano

Our dear friend and longtime MBM board member Carol Medrano passed away in May 2016. Carol was a passionate supporter of bringing classical music to our area and was dedicated to promoting classical music education throughout Siskiyou County. Carol’s efforts helped to shape our organization and remembering her passion for classical music and music education continues to motivate us to succeed in our mission. 

In honor of her life and dedication, MBM founded the Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship fund which supports a yearly scholarship of $2,000 to benefit Siskiyou County high school graduates who plan to major in music or music education, and College of the Siskyous students who are continuing a music major. 

To contribute to the ongoing scholarship fund, you can use the PayPal button at the bottom of the left sidebar or send your check to: Music by the Mountain, PO BOX 272, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067. Please make checks payable to the “Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship Fund.”

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship should complete the application (a link to digital application will be posted for the next scholarship offering) and submit it along with all requested documentation by the application deadline. No late applications will be considered. 

Applicants are encouraged to use the application questions as an opportunity to show the scholarship committee who they are as musicians and what drives them in their musical journey. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to


Carol Medrano Scholarship winner, Jake Turner (L) with pianist
Jean Marie Sylwanowicz and guitarist Tyler Jones (R).
Jacob Turner was our first Carol Medrano Music Scholarship Recipient. 

Music by the Mountain was delighted to award the first Carol Medrano Scholarship to Jacob “Jake” Clement Turner of Yreka High School!

Jake is a widely talented musician who plays the saxophone, clarinet, guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, and the pennywhistle. He is also learning the violin and the trumpet. Jake says, “Playing and performing music will always be a big part of who I am … The whole process of learning to play an instrument has always been a fun experience for me, and I hope one day to be a music teacher”. Jake was presented the scholarship award at the Yreka High School Awards Night on May 25, 2017. 

Jake participated in the Fall 2017 Gala and treated attendees to a clarinet solo and a guitar duet with fellow guitarist, Tyler Jones.