Federal Way Chorale awards Don Barrows Memorial Scholarship to Auburn senior

Aali Kerow plans to attend Central Washington University in the fall, hoping to become a music teacher.


By Kathy Garrido, President of the Federal Way Chorale Scholarship

Auburn High School Aali Kerow is the 2022 recipient of the Don Barrows Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Federal Way Chorale.

The $2,000 scholarship is offered annually to a high school senior who is considering a major in vocal arts, musical theater or music education.

Aali graduated from Auburn High School in June and will attend Central Washington University in the fall. He plans to pursue a teacher training with the distinct possibility of becoming a music teacher.

Aali sang with her family, church choirs and school choirs for most of her life. His interest in vocal music is varied. He has participated in the Auburn High School Jazz and Symphony Choirs, as well as numerous school musical theater productions, the most recent of which was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Music is an integral part of Aali’s life. He is grateful for the opportunity to express himself through music, using it to connect with others and as a way to express his personal thoughts and emotions.

To quote Aali: “Words can cut deep, but deep down music is a direct route to the soul.”


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