The Dr. Lisa Lutter Endowed Scholarship for Student Musicians was established with a gift from Hu Na’e Hao Kanta dba Cantate Community Chorus for deserving student musicians majoring in Music Performance or Music Education at the University of Guam. Recipients of this scholarship must be residents of Guam who, with this financial help, will reflect and propagate what has been Dr. Lutter’s life-long mission of serving humanity through music.
As Cantate’s founder, Dr. Lutter led the ensemble from its beginnings as a club at the University of Guam to awarding-winning international performances. Highlights include winning a gold medal at the 2001 International Music Festival in Sydney, concert tours of China and Japan, a standing ovation at the New York Choral Festival at Lincoln Center, sharing the stage with the Grammy-award winning “orchestra of voices” Chanticleer at the San Francisco Choral Festival and performing in Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia as part of a combined tour with CantaNOVA, Ramapo College’s select ensemble. Dr. Lutter has shared the warmth of Guam with thousands of people around the world.
During her four years in residence on Guam, Dr. Lutter co-founded the Guam Children’s Choir and Opera of the Pacific. Under her direction, fully staged productions of La Boheme and Carmina Burana featured internationally acclaimed guest artists and over a hundred local musicians. A strong proponent of the arts in education, as the recipient of NEA and CAHA grants, Dr. Lutter led educational programs for the Department of Education introducing opera and classical singing. Many of Dr. Lutter’s former students are music educators and working musicians on Guam and abroad.
The Dr. Lisa Lutter Endowed Scholarship for Student Musicians acknowledges Dr. Lutter’s many contributions to the Musical Life of Guam as well as her belief in human potential and service through the transformative power music.