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Youth Making Carson City Musically Strong

Mia Hamilton, Luna Arredondo, and Izabell McCullen were awarded the sixth annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association this year.  The scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, loved children, and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or more Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons.  The winners this year were selected from several well qualified applicants.

Mia Hamilton, age 14, is a 9th grader at Douglas High School.  She has played violin for six years and plays in Carson City Symphony’s advanced after-school youth strings ensemble, STRAZZ. Her goal is to be better than ever on the violin. She is using her scholarship for private lessons with Sue Jesch.

Luna Arredondo, age 12, a 7th grader at Eagle Valley Middle School, is a beginning cellist who plays in her school orchestra. She said playing cello makes her happy and she wants to learn to play well. She is using her scholarship for private cello lessons with Priscilla Hawkins.

Izabell McCullen, age 14, is a 9th grader at Carson High School and plays violin in the Concert Orchestra. She has been a member of the Carson City School District orchestra program since beginning middle school and has participated in Solo and Ensemble Festival and in Northern Zone Honor Orchestra.  Her love of music has led her to play several instruments with her dad in “fun band nights in our garage.” She will use her scholarship for private violin lessons with Laura Gibson.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2022. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

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