2022 Black Violin Youth

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Award Winners Not Pictured

Audie Syzmanski - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

Caleb Graupera - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

Faith Meshida - Dreamer Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant

Gia Bush - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

Jake Davenport - Dreamer Diversity Equity & Inclusion grant

Julian Recio - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

Kailie Holliday - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

Laila Dunagan - New Violin

Sophia Alvini Moore - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

William Merrit - James Miles Musical Innovation Grant

2021 Black Violin Youth

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Ava Cosse

Age: 14

Award Received: Dreamer Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant

Instrument: Violin

Program Attending: The International Music School, Medea Guldedava Violin Studio

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Nayati Ates

Age: 15

Award Received: James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education

Instrument: Violin, Double Base, Electric Base & Saxophone

Program Attending: Sewanee Summer Music Festival & Berklee's Summer Workshop

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Namiah Miller

Age: 18

Award Received: Dreamer Instrument Access Program

Instrument: Violin

Program Attending: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach

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Enrique Morales Barrades

Age: 13

Award Received: James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education

Instrument: Piano & Clarinet 

Program Attending: The Music Academy of North Carolina 

Sydney Li-Jenkins

Age: 10

Award Received: Dreamer Instrument Access & Dreamer Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant

Instrument: Violin

Program Attending: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre College Program

Marie Dillard

Age: 15

Award Received: Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant

Instrument: Violin & Viola

Program Attending: Private lessons with Frederick Geiersbach

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Aidyn Ellis-Otovo

Age: 10

Award Received: Dreamer Instrument Access

Instrument: Violin

Program Attending: Peabody Preparatory & Young Artists Orchestra

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Andrew Callaway

Age: 10

Award Received: Dreamer Instrument Access

Instrument: Viola

Program Attending: Vanderbilt Youth Orchestra, Blair + Nashville Symphony

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Nathan Callaway

Age: 8

Award Received: Dreamer Instrument Access

Instrument: Violin

Program Attending: Vanderbilt Youth Orchestra, Blair + Nashville Symphony

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Shayna Singer

Age: 19

Award Received: James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education

Instrument: Voice & Piano

Program Attending: Florida State University College of Music

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Teresa Mejias

Age: 19

Award Received: James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education

Instrument: Viola, Violin & Piano

Program Attending: The Julliard School

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Kindall Benjamin

Age: 16

Award Received: Dreamer Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant

Instrument: Double Bass

Program Attending: Wyoming Fine Arts Center

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Sophia Alvini-Moore

Age: 17

Award Received: James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education

Instrument: Cello

Program Attending: Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University

Award Winners Not Pictured

Zachary Feur 

Dreamer Instrument Access - Suzuki Music School

Josiah Osula

James Miles Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education -Matt Burke Music Studios

Jair Luke Zamudio

Dreamer Instrument Access Program - Anthony Kitai's Cello Studio

2020 James Miles MIG Award Recipients

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Peirce Ellis

Age: 17

Julliard Pre-College

"I'm excited for my journey with the Black Violin foundation. I am happy and fortunate to have a group of people behind me supporting me and pushing me to be a better musician. I wouldn't be able to continue my studies at Juilliard Pre-College without the foundation, and I am grateful to be a new member of this community."

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Gabrielle Stanbeck

Age: 20

Green Chamber Music Festival

"Receiving this grant from the Black Violin Foundation is a tremendous honor without this grant I would be unable to fund lessons with high impact professors with whom I am interested in studying for my masters degree program. I am so thankful for this opportunity and this community that comes with Black Violin."

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Isabelle Scott

Age: 21

Masterworks Festival

 

"As a very active student musician, any opportunity to gain experience is a good one. Whether it be summer music programs, lessons, masterclasses, etc., everything can help a young musician grow. Having a scholarship from BVF makes this possible for me. I am so grateful for the people involved who make this possible for me and for countless others. Being a BVF Youth makes me feel like I am a part of something that will continue to help and grow young musicians everywhere."

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Blake Collins

Age: 18

Brevard Music Center Summer Institute & Festival

"Receiving this grant means so much to me! Black Violin has been such an inspiration to me and I've been so fortunate to have played alongside them in 3 concerts through our local Urban Strings Orchestra. This grant will allow me to purchase a violin that will help me hone my skills throughout my conservatory experience as a Violin Performance Major."

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Braden Ellis

Age: 18

Julliard Pre-College

 

"I am extremely grateful that the Black Violin Foundation recognized me and believes in my future. As someone whose dream has always been to go into the music industry, the support I've received from Black Violin will springboard me towards that goal, and for that, I am thankful. Thank you so much!"

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Nayati Ates

Age: 14

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

“Being chosen as a scholarship recipient validates my identity as a musician. I can’t imaging being anything else. Music is life to me. Wow – to have Black Violin recognize my hard work and believe in me, means everything.”

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Emma Stamper

Age: 17

Orlando Choral Society Summer Camp

"I am extremely grateful and honored to receive this scholarship from the BVF inc.  Unfortunately, the original camp I applied for was canceled due to COVID-19, but I was also accepted into the Washington National Opera Institute and my spot will be kept for the Summer of 2021.  This highly prestigious audition-based institute only accepts 30 students across the country. This grant will significantly help the funding I need to attend this program.  I intend to grow and improve my craft as a vocalist and performer in the awe-inspiring world of opera."