Robert LaMarchina Music Scholarship
(est. 2005) Robert LaMarchina was conductor of the Honolulu Symphony from 1967 to 1978. He began studying the celllo at the age of 7. At 8, he made his first appearance as a solo cellist with the St. Louis Symphony. At the age of 15, famed conductor Arturo Toscanini hired LaMarchina to perform with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
LaMarchina made his first appearance as a conductor in 1951 in Japan in the Fujiwara Opera's production of "Madame Butterfly." He later taught music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, traveled with the Ambassadors of Opera, and conducted operas on the West Coast.
Each year the Jacobs School of Music is honored to award the Robert LaMarchina Music Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate cello students.