Announcing the 2023-2024 Roman Andrew Borek Scholar

Keilani Bolhuis

PCM and the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena are proud to announce Keilani Bolhuis as the recipient of the 2023-2024 Roman Andrew Borek Endowed Scholarship. Keilani, age 17, has been a PCM student since 2012 and currently studies classical violin with Elizabeth Hedman, jazz piano with Amy Rowe, jazz violin with Megan Shung, and participates in Jazz Combo with Danny Janklow.

Keilani was accepted into the 2022-2023 California Orchestra Directors Association’s December Honor Orchestra and its All-State Symphony in the spring. Keilani was one of 30 students to receive a merit award at the Music Center’s 2022 Spotlight Competition and one of 16 Jazz Instrumental Semi-Finalists in 2023. She won the branch and regional levels of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival in piano performance. Additionally, Keilani was awarded the National Gold Medal by the Royal Conservatory of Music and invited to perform at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in January. Keilani is the Concertmaster of both the Symphonia Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra at the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley High School.

The Roman Andrew Borek Endowed Scholarship

The Roman Andrew Borek Endowed Scholarship is an annual award funded by The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena. Each year, PCM selects the recipient – a Junior or Senior high school student playing at a high level – for the scholarship, which will cover a portion of their annual tuition.

The scholarship was introduced in 2021 in tribute to Roman Borek (September 10, 1939 – December 9, 2019), one of PCM’s unsung heroes. Roman was an important behind-the-scenes volunteer for PCM for more than twenty years. He served on the PCM Advisory Council, became a trusted friend to the administration and an invaluable volunteer, helping to facilitate countless PCM performances in private homes (Mansions and Music concerts) and other off-campus performances.

Roman was always incredibly generous with his time and resources. He was a member, officer and/or board member/Director for the following organizations: The Fine Art Club of Pasadena, MacDowell Club of Allied Arts, Gamble House, Pasadena Arts Council, English Speaking Union, Tournament of Roses, and Tanglewood Music Festival.

The Fine Arts Club

For over a century, the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena has been dedicated to supporting the arts and artists by encouraging the creation, execution, and appreciation of work in all branches of the fine arts. Their mission is grounded in the belief that the arts are vital to our culture and that artists deserve our support.

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena aims to enrich the cultural life of Pasadena and to encourage the unique individual expression of each artist. To accomplish this mission, they provide a venue for artists to perform and exhibit their work, and provide awards to outstanding students in arts programs at local colleges and universities.