Many congratulations to the following exceptional Bloomfield Hills High School students for being named this year’s Traub Award recipients: Art Award Winner: Carly Finerty, Music Award Winner: Joey Rankin; Art Alternate: Henry Earls, and Music Alternate: Jaidan Montgomery.
These students, along with the other nominees, went through a rigorous interview process, submitting portfolios and performances, resumes and essays. Their courage and persistence throughout the process is admirable, and BHHS is proud of them all!
This year, the guest jurors for both Art and Music are former Traub winners! Darrin Brouhard was the Andover art winner for 1995. Andrea Yun was the Andover music winner for 1992. Each of these creative individuals has experienced first-hand the value and the importance of the travel experiences provided by this generous grant award.
Lucy Bates, a family descendant of the Traubs, reviewed all the nominees and participated in the judging process as well.
The other nominees were Noah Casper (art), Chloe Erickson (art), Madeline Grace (art), Elizabeth Mitchell (art), Grace Schneider (music), Christa Schwanke (art), Aerin Washington (music), and Ellyana Wills (art).
You can listen to the 2021 Traub Award music nominees’ selections here.
You can see the 2021 Traub Award art nominees’ presentation here.
Although Ms. Bates could not be at the ceremony, BHHS Principal Charlie Hollerith read prepared remarks from the family that reviewed the long and unique history of the Traub Award.
For 65 years, the Traub Award has been an important cornerstone in the arts of Bloomfield Hills Schools. The Robert C.J. Traub Memorial Scholarship Travel Fund began in 1956, with a generous gift from Elizabeth Taylor Traub as a way to honor her husband, Robert C. J. Traub, and his great love of art and music. Elizabeth stipulated that the funds were to be held in trust and continue in perpetuity. The purpose of the scholarship is to contribute to the general cultural enrichment of the recipients and not primarily to advancement of their technical education in art or music. This wonderful gift enables recipients, one each year in Art and Music, to travel abroad and experience the rich culture and deep history of European countries. Past recipients have shared that they return with a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of their field of interest. Additional information about the Traub Award is available here.