This past summer, a young viola student named Dimitri was awarded a scholarship to attend the annual Ovations Summer Strings Academy, an intense week of string rehearsals, chamber ensembles and performances. The 17-year-old musician wanted to express his appreciation for the opportunity to participate in such an incredible program.
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to attend the Ovations Summer Strings Academy. I was able to learn many new techniques with both my instrument and finger placement, as well as creating new friendships,” said Dimitri. “The most challenging yet fun experience was performing in the quartet. [Ovations] allowed us to express ourselves musically and demanded collaboration from each of us.”
“Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to participate,” explained Dimitri, “and I am forever grateful. I would really like to thank all the teachers for dedicating their time to help me grow as a musician. I also would like to give a special thanks to Ms. [Veronica] Jackson [guest conductor] for the constant jokes that would make me laugh and the patience that was upheld when leading our group.”
“Thank you again for allowing me to attend this program and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year!” he exclaimed.
And thanks to you, young man, for your kind words. We are thrilled that you had such a rewarding experience.
Along with Dimitri, the Academy was able to provide several summer scholarships to deserving young people so that they could experience the arts. The availability of these scholarship funds is in large part due to the generosity of our Academy families and other community members who donate to our Excellence Fund. If you haven’t before, would you consider donating? Even a small amount can go a very long way to impacting a young person’s life in a very positive way!