GREENSBORO — Thirteen North Carolina students at this summer's Eastern Music Festival have received scholarships from the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation.
The scholarship funding comes from $20,000 that the Greensboro-based foundation gave to EMF. This marks the foundation's fourth year of support.
Wos is a former U.S. ambassador to Estonia and former secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
DeJoy was the chief executive officer of High Point-based New Breed Logistics and XPO Logistics' supply chain business in the Americas.
He is now president of LDJ Global Strategies, a strategic real estate investment and consulting company.
For 58 summers, EMF has provided classical music instruction to students from around the world, under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz.
Students, faculty and guest artists perform more than 65 concerts for the public, primarily at Guilford College. This summer's five-week session starts June 22 for 270 students ages 14 to 23.
Students pay $5,696 in tuition, room and board. More than 80 percent of EMF’s are supported through full or partial scholarships, thanks to philanthropies and festival friends.
EMF Executive Director Chris Williams expressed gratitude to the foundation.
“It is partnerships like this that reaffirm EMF’s commitment to music education in North Carolina, and it expands our class of well-prepared and motivated young learners this summer,” Williams said in a news release.
The 2019 scholarship recipients are:
• Laura Blankenship (violin fellow), Winston-Salem, received her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, where she studied with EMF first assistant concertmaster and EMF alum John Fadial. She has been an assistant librarian at EMF for several seasons.
• Solomon Caldwell (double bass), Greensboro, is a college junior pursuing his degree in double bass performance at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He studied at EMF in 2018.
• Marissa Colter (violin), Clemmons, is a junior at West Forsyth High School.
• Winfred Felton (bassoon), Greenville, is a freshman at the University of Denver.
• Ian Graves (tuba), Jacksonville, is pursuing a master’s degree in tuba performance at Florida State University.
• Violet Huang (viola), Chapel Hill, is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.
• Ross Jarrell (percussion), Charlotte, is a freshman at University of Georgia.
• Rafalia Kapsokavadi (violin), Charlotte, is a freshman at Appalachian State University.
• Sofia Liu (violin), Morrisville, is a high school freshman at Cary Academy.
• Lalia Mangione (violin fellow), from Grand Rapids, Mich., is pursuing a master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro.
• Lorenzo Nigrelli (double bass), Hickory, is a rising sophomore at UNCG and plays with the UNCG Symphony, Symphonic Band and a bass quartet. In high school he was in the All-State Orchestra and Western Regional Honors Orchestra.
• Morgan Short (harp fellow), from Roanoke, VA., is a sophomore at the UNC School of the Arts. In 2018, she was an EMF Concerto Competition winner and won the Rosen-Schaffel Competition at An Appalachian Summer Festival.
• Henry Wagner (euphonium), Winston-Salem, is a senior at Atkins Academy and Technology High School.