Sam Kephart Scholarship

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival

Sam was a great violist and this fund will help others learn and follow in his footsteps.


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The Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival has created a ‘Sam Kephart Memorial Fund’ to honor a well loved, versatile and accomplished musician who passed on Sunday, October 10, 2021 . VBRMF intends to provide funding for qualified aspiring viola players to receive instruction to further their art.

Sam was a well known musician in the Floyd and Roanoke areas . He had a magnetic personality that was always welcoming and genuine. He played the piano, violin and viola for private and public audiences. He started his career at the age of 11 on the viola and piano . Sam’s talent and determination led him to the NC School of the Arts and he graduated from The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City .

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