Daniela Santiago, a Cabrillo High School senior, is the recipient of a $200 scholarship from the Lompoc Music Association.
Santiago, a vocalist, auditioned for the scholarship prize Feb. 3 at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ with accompaniment by pianist Julie Pike. The performance was judged by Larry Delinger, a composer and former Lompoc-area music instructor.
Santiago, according to the Lompoc Music Association, began singing with her church choir when she was 11 years old. She went on to sing in her middle school choir, and joined the Cabrillo Choir as a junior. She currently sings with the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers.
In addition to her singing, she is also a trumpet player in the Cabrillo High School Marching Band.
Santiago said she plans to become a music teacher, according to the music association.
“Music was a saving grace for me these past years, and I believe that music has the ability to help others,” she told the organization. “I want to devote my time to help educate others about music and help bring awareness of the importance of the arts.”
In addition to its scholarship program, the Lompoc Music Association hosts performances throughout the year.