by Michelle Hoffman
This spring we announced the winners of the 2021 Margarete Harvey Scholarship. Celebrating the involvement and contributions of long-time former board member, board chair, and donor Mrs. Margarete Harvey, this scholarship honors Progressions graduates who are completing their junior or senior year and have demonstrated consistent commitment to their musical growth and success. Congratulations to Ricardo Anderson II, Neil Bausch, Abigail Hanna, Aaron Moreno-Padilla, and David Ibitoye.
We are pleased to present this year’s Richard Tula Memorial Scholarship to Senior Symphony assistant principal violist Armarion Julien. Established in 2017, the Richard Tula Memorial Scholarship celebrates the involvement and support of Richard Tula, and his beloved daughter, Chloe. Chloe Tula was a MYSO harpist from 2009-2013, and currently serves as principal harpist of the New World Symphony. It is awarded annually to an exemplary Senior Symphony musician at the end of their junior year. Read more about Armarion.
Senior Symphony flutist Cynthia Yan was named a runner-up in the competitive Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow Auditions for 2021, earning a $1,250 scholarship.
Congratulations to Isabella Nichols, Jasmine Storck, Maliq Veal, and Owne Xayboury who were awarded Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras W. Stuart Parsons Scholarships. This is the eighth year AWSO has offered scholarships to music students in Wisconsin. The awardees were selected from 116 applications submitted by students in grades 6-12.
Congratulations to this year’s distinguished Dean Potokar Award recipients: Brendan Mortensen (Jazz Studies), Ceana Solis (Soca steel band), Mia Traverse (Wind Ensemble), Grace Milton (Metropolitan Symphony), and Abby Hanna, Neil Bausch, Maliq Veal, Julianna Vogl, Kate Tutaj, and Brooke Wisniewski (Senior Symphony). This award recognizes graduating seniors in our most advanced ensembles who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, professionalism, positive attitudes, and contributions to MYSO. It was established in memory of Dean Potokar, a tireless and enthusiastic supporter and member of the MYSO Board of Directors. Follow MYSO’s Facebook page to catch up with our series of profiles of these outstanding graduates.