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Yavapai Symphony Association to present scholarship awards at concert Sunday

The Yavapai Symphony Association will present its first scholarship awards during its concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Yavapai College Performance Hall.

A local non-profit dedicated to developing, promoting and enhancing classical music appreciation in Yavapai County, the association provides scholarships through concert earnings and other activities to children who have professed an interest in and commitment to pursuing a professional career as a musical performer, certificated music educator or music therapist.

The Music Scholarship Award Committee chose six winners who will receive scholarship awards totaling $13,000. The scholarship fund is an accumulation of earnings from the Endowment Fund over the last couple of years.

The 2009 winners are Nicholas Adams, a junior at Oberlin Conservatory, studying piano, composing and arranging; Patrick Adams, a freshman at Oberlin Conservatory, studying the trumpet; Caia Decker, a senior at Prescott High School planning to attend NAU to study piano and voice; Abby Fisher, attending NAU to study piano and voice; Nathanael Gross, a home-schooled senior planning to attend U of A to study piano; and Tyler Vargha, a senior at Prescott High School planning to attend BYU to study piano.

The association also brings the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra to Prescott for seven performances a year and provides musical learning experiences for middle- and high-school students, who work with members of the Phoenix Symphony in "master classes" twice each school year.

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