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Yavapai Symphony Guild awards scholarship winners, raises record total

The Yavapai Symphony Guild recently awarded $12,250 to winners of its Young Musician Competition.

Thirty-three out of 52 competing students took home cash scholarships, the most raised to date by the all-volunteer organization, after the competition Nov. 2 at Yavapai College Performance Hall.

The organization raised $10,825 for scholarships last year, according to member Carol Friedman.

Students competed in the categories of strings, piano, voice and brass/woodwinds, each divided into junior (6 to 9 grades) and senior (10 to 12 grades) categories.

The eight winners: Strings, Sam Sinclair and Marisa Eastman; Piano, Nathanael Gross and Anna Flurry; Voice, Chelsea Soto and Summer Allen; Brass/Woodwinds, Hannah Henry and Sharna Beahm.

The eight first-place winners performed a concert at the Prescott Adult Center on Nov. 10 and will perform there again at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16.

The Guild raises money for scholarships and the Music Memory Program through fundraisers throughout the year, regular monthly concerts, and through contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, grants, local businesses and civic organizations.

The Music Memory program reaches more than 3,000 students annually in public, private, charter, and area home schools, introducing third- to fifth-grade students to classical music.

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