This year’s winner of the Alice Clemens Memorial Scholarship award given by the New York State Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association is Aaron Raymer, of Meridian.
Aaron, who is the great-grandson of Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame Inductee Murph Baker, began playing the fiddle at 10 years of age, after his interest was sparked by family trips to Osceola to hear fiddle music.
Today, after years of practice and study with teachers such as Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Hobbs, Aaron is an accomplished player who has given many performances around New York state, including playing violin with the Onondaga Civic Symphony.
The Alice Clemens Memorial Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Alice Clemens, co-founder of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association.
Funds for the scholarship are raised by members of the Clemens family through the sale of their CDs and through donations.
This year “Fiddlin’ Future,” NYSOTFA’s youth chapter, donated $250 toward the scholarship fund for Aaron, a fellow chapter member who was its first president and served as the fiddle instructor for youngsters at the 11th Annual Kids’ Kamp this summer.
Aaron also is a concert pianist and won second place in the CNY Music Teachers’ Advanced Students Piano Competition.
He also won the 2013 Merit Scholarship award, a newly created prize through CNYAMT.
This fall Aaron will attend the Crane School of Music, State University College at Potsdam, on scholarship, majoring in instrumental music education.