$20,500 in Awards Given to ESYO Musicians for 2017-18 Season

Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) has awarded 35 young musicians a combined $20,520 in financial assistance to help defray the cost of tuition for its 2017-18 season.

“Empire State Youth Orchestras believes in the power of music to transform lives,” said Executive Director Rebecca Calos. “To that end, it has long believed no qualified musician should be denied access to our programs because of financial hardship.”

A $6,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust helped to fund these awards. This is the fourth time the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has provided a grant of this size for ESYO’s tuition assistance program. This year, the funding was targeted to support young musicians within the CHIME program who have demonstrated exceptional aptitude, and have successfully auditioned into one of ESYO’s 10 performing ensembles—a key goal of CHIME’s free, assess program. These scholarships support their continued growth and development as musicians in advanced performing groups.

Several other Named Scholarships were awarded this season.

Scholarships provided by the newly established Richard Albagli Timpani Chair were awarded to two talented ESYO percussionists. The Richard Albagli Timpani Chair honors the namesake’s thirty-three years of service to ESYO, his tremendous impact on the lives of so many young musicians, and his dedication to fostering musical excellence. Gifts from the Chang, Provancher and Harris families as well as The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region and numerous donors were used to establish the chair and to provide annual scholarship funds in perpetuity, supporting a vibrant future for percussion artists.

Two rising seniors, both jazz players, were awarded Susan D. Lake Scholarships. Set up to honor Ms. Lake and her love of music, these scholarships are awarded each year to rising seniors in need who demonstrate a clear commitment to a lifelong pursuit of musical excellence.

Three string musicians were awarded newly created Harmony in Music Scholarship established by the Kolodziej and Resta family, whose children were ESYO members. In recognition of the challenge faced by larger families to afford enriching opportunities for all their children equally, the Harmony in Music Scholarships support the musical aspirations of talented young players who demonstrate financial need, and favors applicants seeking to enroll more than one child in ESYO.

Additional scholarship funds were made possible through generosity of donors responding to ESYO’s Annual Appeal.

“Although ESYO intentionally keeps its tuition low to provide access to its program for as many children as possible, there are families for whom tuition presents a financial challenge,” said Calos. “Donations from the community and charitable organizations such as the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust help remove barriers to participation, for which ESYO is very grateful.”

If you are interested in more information about funding a named scholarship, please reach out to ESYO at info@esyo.org.

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