Vaughn (center) is pictured with Coda representative Rachael Ryan Dahlgren and WSHS Orchestra Director Cindy Johnson.

Vaughn, Larson receive orchestra awards


Abigail Larson received the National School Orchestra Award this year.
Abigail Larson received the National School Orchestra Award this year.

Courtney Vaughn, violinist in the Winona Senior High School (WSHS) Orchestra, received the Coda Bow Award at the orchestra’s last concert on May 15. The CodaBow Award program is the brainchild of Jeff Van Fossen, the co-founder of Coda, a Winona company with its bows used by students and professionals worldwide. During the school year, a Coda bow is circulated throughout the orchestra, with each member getting two weeks to use it. At the end of the school year, the students then vote for that senior who embodies the inspiration, joy, and personal growth that string playing can provide. That senior is awarded the Coda bow.

Whether the senior ultimately finds his or her way to the revered stage of Carnegie Hall or simply to the stage of their local church on holiday occasions, playing of this Coda bow should always be a reminder of the community that cared and the classmates who shared their passion for string playing.

Abigail Larson, cellist in the WSHS Orchestra, received the National School Orchestra Award this year. This award, voted on by the student’s peers, is given to the student in recognition of outstanding contributions to the success of the school orchestra. Abigail is pictured with her trophy and her name will be added to a plaque of past winners.


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