Congratulations to the winners of the
2013 Atlanta Federation of Musicians Student Scholarship Awards.
$ 1,250 First Prize
Pianist and violinist Brandon Hou has been a member of the ASYO since eighth grade and served as Concertmaster this past year. Having performed with the Georgia All-State Orchestra since the sixth grade, he served as GASO Concertmaster in 2008, 2009, 2013, Associate Concertmaster in 2010, Principal Second Violin in 2011, and consistently placed in the top three of the Georgia Music Teacher Association Piano Competitions since 2006. Brandon has performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Mozart Piano Concerto #23 with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra.
Brandon will attend Northwestern University in the fall majoring in Violin Performance.
Cellist Myrtil Mitanga studied with AFM member Martha Gerschefski and has been a member of the ASYO since 2008, serving as ASYO Principal Cellist since 2011. A Georgia PhilharmonicYoung Artists Competition finalist in 2012 and Sphinx Competition semi-finalist in 2012 and 2013.
Myrtil will attend Northwestern University in the fall studying Music Performance.
Percussionist Jordan Carter, who studied with AFM members Charles Settle, Tom Sherwood and William Wilder, has been a member of the ASYO for two seasons. A former member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Georgia All-State Orchestra, Georgia All-State Band, and Mays High School Marching Band, MHS Jazz Band, and MHS Symphonic Band.
Jordan will be attending Boston University in the fall studying Percussion Performance.
Saxophonist Addison Mason has performed with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony since 2011 and with the Atlanta Youth Jazz Orchestra and GMEA All-State since 2010. She is a student of AFM member Dr. Jan Baker.
Addison will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall studying Saxophone Performance.
French Horn player Stephen Newberry, who studied with ASO members Susan Welty and Richard Deane, and AFM members Sarah Sangrigoli and Jean Martin-Williams, is currently Principal Horn for ASYO and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Stephen was selected in 2011 to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program to major in music.
Stephen will attend University of Cincinnati in the fall majoring in Horn Performance.
Bassist Andrew Sommer, who studied with his father, AFM member and ASO double bassist Doug Sommer, has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, serving as Principal Bassist this past year. Also an accomplished jazz musician, Andrew participated in Juilliard School Jazz Workshops, the Telluride Jazz Festival and the Vail Jazz Festival, and will tour Washington DC, London, England and Moscow, Russia as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA this summer.
Andrew will attend the Juilliard School in the fall studying Classical Double Bass.
Saxophonist Jack Thorpe recently has served as Principal Alto Saxophonist for Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. A former Principal Tenor Saxophonist of Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, Jack has also perofrmed for GMEA District Honor Bands and Georgia All State Bands. He is a student of AFM member Dr. Jan Baker.
Jack will attend Georgia State University in the fall studying Saxophone Performance.