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Yavapai Symphony Association awards $21,500 in scholarships

From left, scholarship winner Nathanael Gross, with Edward and Peggy Roman.

From left, scholarship winner Nathanael Gross, with Edward and Peggy Roman.

On Sunday, June 19, Yavapai Symphony Association held its annual meeting and confirmed the award of a total of $21,500 in music scholarships to nine Yavapai county recipients.

Nathanael Gross received the Edward & Peggy Roman Music Scholarship in the amount of $4,000. Nathanael is attending the University of Houston, where he is pursuing in Master’s of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2015, a dual major with degrees in Piano Performance and Mechanical Engineering.

Gabriel Schirn received the Eugene & Alicia Scott Music Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Gabriel is attending the University of Arizona, where he is a dual major pursing degrees in Piano Performance and Mechanical Engineering.

Sally Martinez received a music scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Sally will be attending the McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Sally will be pursuing a degree in Instrumental Performance.

Shalom Eis received a music scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Shalom graduated from Yavapai College in May, and will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where she will be pursuing a degree in Instrumental Performance and Education.

Katie Trent received a music scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Katie is attending the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing a degree in Trombone Performance.

Benjamin Rounseville received a music scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Benjamin is attending the University of Arizona where he is pursuing a degree in Piano Performance.

Gloria Alcala received a music scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Gloria is attending the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where she is pursuing a degree in Musical Theater and Classical Voice.

Christopher Eis received a music scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Christopher will be attending Yavapai College, where he will be pursuing a degree in Piano Performance and Composition.

Stephen Ramsey received a music scholarship in the amount of $500. Stephen is pursuing a degree in Church Music with Piano Emphasis at the International Baptist College & Seminary in Chandler, Arizona.

“The Yavapai Symphony Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, and we are delighted to continue the tradition of awarding scholarship funds to student musicians from Yavapai county,” said David Dunn, incoming YSA president. “It’s gratifying for us to know that money we raise is put to such good use.”

The Yavapai Symphony Association acknowledges the receipt of bequests from the estates of Marion Sprang, Dorothy Chafin and Mitzie James. These bequests have been placed in an endowment fund, and these earnings and additional donations from donors make these scholarships possible. The Yavapai Symphony Association Music Scholarship Award was established as an annual project of the Association in 2009. With the scholarship awards noted above, YSA has awarded more than $90,000 in music scholarships since 2009.

The Yavapai Symphony Association brings the Phoenix Symphony to perform seven concerts in Prescott each year. For more information, visit the YSA website, www.yavapaisymphony.org.

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