Our Scholarship Recipients

Kristoff Hopkins

Kristof is a 9th grader and came to SKHS as a violinist. He quickly shined in class and his enthusiasm and excellent ear made him a good choice to switch to Double Bass, which our group needs to be more balanced. Kristof was enthusiastic about potentially switching and learning a completely different instrument in our group. After an initial orientation to the instrument, it became clear that he would flourish on bass, particularly working with the right private teacher. Thanks to Hand That Rock, he has been studying with Bryan Rizzutto and has already performed with the SKHS Orchestra on bass!In addition to his musical studies, Kristof is a competitive cyclist and mountain biker where he enjoys the physical challenge of competing and being outside. Musically, he really enjoyed performing Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” Overture this past spring with the SKHS orchestra and looks forward to many more musical challenges in the future on his new instrument.


Asia Brown

Asia Brown is in grade 10 and has playing viola for 7 years in our South Kingstown music program. Thanks to the generosity of Hands That Rock, she has begun private lessons with Emily Chen, a respected local violin/viola teacher here in Wakefield. Asia is a kind and friendly young lady who has demonstrated great potential as a violist in our program and she is already become a student leader in her section.Outside of music, Asia is a hammer-thrower on our school track team and enjoys watching movies and reading. She especially likes music for film and shows great enthusiasm for this genre when we get to play it in orchestra. One of her favorite music moments thus far has been learning to play the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” in grade 4 and playing it as a solo at a concert. She also loved our recent Pops and Winter Concerts!


Aidan Capaldi

A four-year member of Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Chorus, and Men’s Chorus, Aidan was an extremely busy performer over his NHS career!  In addition to being one of our most skilled performers, Aidan also excelled in leadership, and served  as the drum major of the Marching Band for two seasons, and was a section leader in both our concert band and concert choir as an upperclassman.

Outside of NHS, Aidan was selected to numerous honor ensembles, including All State Band, All State Chorus, Southern New England Honors Band, and Providence College Honors Band. 

During his junior and senior years, Aidan also became heavily involved with the NHS  Theater Department, where he performed the roles of Vice Principal Douglas Panch in Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the title role in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. 


Thomas Capaldi

During his years at Narragansett High School, Thomas Capaldi was a four-year member of both band chorus, and was been selected to several honors ensembles, including All Eastern Chorus, All State Chorus, Southern New England Honors Band, and Providence College Honors Band.

Thomas was a section leader in our concert band, jazz band, and concert choir, and was also our principal saxophonist in both concert and jazz band.  Next school year, The NHS Music Department wishes Thomas luck as he continues his musical studies at New York University!


Rianna Dunne

Rianna is entering her senior year at NHS, where since the day she arrived, she has been planning to major in music after graduating high school.

Equally at home as a trumpet player in jazz, and classical settings, Rianna has been selected to several Honors Ensembles, including All State Orchestra (where she was the principal trumpet as a freshman), All State Band, Southern New England Honors Band, and Providence College Honors Band.  She also participates in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo programs. This summer, Rianna is sitting in with the 88th Army Band, bringing her one step closer to realizing her goal of being a professional trumpet player!


Lily Moskwa

During her years at NHS, Lily was a member of Band, Drum Line, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Treble Chorus.  A versatile performer, Lily was featured as a soloist with the NHS Concert Band as a pianist, and was frequently featured as a vocal soloist with our choral ensembles.  During her junior year, Lily was selected to

participate in the NAFME All National Mixed Chorus, where she performed under world-renowned conductor/composer Z. Randall Stroope.  Lily has also participated in the All State Chorus, and the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus.

The music staff at NHS wishes Lily luck as she heads to Ithaca College of Music to pursue a degree in Audio Engineering this fall!


Ben Hoxsie

Ben is entering his junior year at Narragansett High School, and has been an extremely busy over his first two years with us!  Equally at home performing on the trombone, impressing with his technical prowess on the robotics team, or excelling as a boy scout, Ben is a very busy guy!! 

As a musician at NHS, Ben performs with the concert band and jazz band, and was selected to the All State Orchestra as a freshman.


Maya Carberry

Maya is the principal clarinetist of the NHS Concert Band, and a valued member of the NHS Chorus, Treble Chorus, and theater program. Being extremely active in both the instrumental and choral worlds, throughout her high school career, Maya has performed with the All State Band, as well as the All State Chorus. Over her high school career, she has also participated in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble.


Ilaria D’Andrea

Ilaria is a junior at NHS, and is a three-year member of both the band and chorus. She is also one of the leaders of our theater department, where she has been chosen to play a lead role in each of the past two musicals.

In addition to her talents as a drummer, singer, and actor, Ilaria also shows great initiative as the section leader, and principal snare drummer of our percussion section.  Always looking to improve her skills, Ilaria studies drum set privately, and has been the drummer for the NHS Jazz Band for the past two years.


Sam Day

Over his years at NHS, Sam maintained an extremely busy musical schedule. A four-year member of both band, and chorus, Sam also performed with our Jazz Band, our men’s chorus, and theater department. In addition to his work within the confines of NHS, Sam has also been selected to several regional honors groups, including the All State Band and Chorus, The All Eastern Chorus, the Southern New England Honors Band, and the Providence College Honors Band. Over high school, Sam studied both tuba and voice with local professionals in weekly private lessons, and is heading off to Westminster Choir College to major in Music Education this fall!