PALM BEACH, FL (Sept. 18, 2015) – The Palm Beach Symphony will award two violins, valued at $800 to $1,000 each and approximately 100 years old, to local students this fall that are currently demonstrating the desire and skill to pursue a higher excellence in music. Nominations were opened in September, proclaimed National Classical Music Month in 1994 by President Clinton, for Palm Beach County music, orchestra and violin teachers to submit their most promising students to receive one of the newly refurbished instruments.
Thanks to a donation of the family-owned strings by Palm Beach Symphony supporter Elizabeth Stevens and to the Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music for funding the refurbishment, a qualifying apprentice will be presented with one of the full-size violins in October after the nominations close on September 30th and the Symphony has selected the awardees.
“We are grateful to our generous supporters who appreciate classical music education for our youth and recognize the importance to encourage and instill this art form in future generations,” noted David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony executive director. “These amazing and beautiful violins will give inspiration and lifelong enjoyment to two deserving students. As the Palm Beach Symphony knows that talent is present everywhere, strongest consideration will be given to those with the greatest need when selecting the recipients.”
According to McClymont, qualifying students will be between the ages of 11 and 18 and have at least one year of playing experience, demonstrate great potential and possess the desire to pursue a higher education in music. Teachers may nominate a student directly on the Palm Beach Symphony website at http://palmbeachsymphony.org/nominate-a-student/. For further information, please call the Symphony office at 561-655-2657.