Eight young musicians have won private music lessons from the Amarillo Symphony Guild. The Amarillo Symphony Young Artist Project is a program that provides private music instruction to gifted young musicians who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
Winners were chosen from 30 applications. They receive 36 weeks on instruction from professional instructors to strengthen their skills and education.
The process begins with an application from the student’s parent, a letter from the student explaining why they would like to receive private music lessons, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s band or orchestra director.
Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of Guild members, the Executive Director of the Symphony, and an Amarillo Symphony musician.
Ginger Smith is the co-chairman of the Young Artist Project. In a press release, she said, “The eight students that were chosen for the Young Artist Project are from a variety of instruments and backgrounds. What we saw with each of these students is that they are leaders in their orchestras and their specific sections who are highly motivated and confident in what they do.”
Smith says the students have been paired with professional musicians who will help mentor them as individuals and future music leaders and community supporters.
Recipients of the award are available from the Amarillo Symphony.