Cascade Symphony Orchestra awards scholarships to young musicians

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From left, Ryan Petriello, Mira Yamamoto, conductor Michael Miropolsky, Nayeon Kim and Najung Kim.
From left, Ryan Petriello, Mira Yamamoto, conductor Michael Miropolsky, Nayeon Kim and Najung Kim.

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra awarded four music scholarships to outstanding young musicians at the final concert of its 53rd season, Monday, May 11.

Nayeon and Najung Kim, sisters and flutists from Kamiak High School, were each awarded a $2,000 Robert Anderson Scholarship. Robert Anderson was the founding conductor of the Cascade Symphony. Nayeon will attend Duke University in the fall and Najung is going to the University of California, Berkeley.

A special donation of $2,500 by the Friends of Cascade Symphony and the Edmonds Rotary Noon Club has made it possible for Cascade Symphony also to extend scholarship aid to Mira Yamamoto, an exceptionally accomplished young violinist who will attend the Juilliard School in the fall.

Ryan Petriello of Meadowdale High School, who plays the string bass, was presented with the Mori Simon scholarship of $3,000. Mori Simon was a long-time string bassist with the Seattle Symphony and was a musical icon in Seattle area for more than 40 years. Petriello will attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Each year the Cascade Symphony Orchestra awards scholarships to graduating seniors from the Edmonds, Mukilteo, Northshore and Shoreline school districts. Scholarship winners, who are selected by taped audition, must plan to continue their musical studies in college but need not intend to major in music.

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