Each year Auburn Chamber Orchestra (ACO) awards scholarships to graduating seniors in recognition and appreciation of their participation in ACO during their high school years. The orchestra is happy to welcome so many capable local students to its ranks and is especially thrilled to congratulate eligible seniors with financial awards. This year, ACO is proud to announce six recipients.
Sheelan Mirza joined ACO over seven years ago as a violinist and has served as concertmaster for the last two performances of the 2016-17 season. She has taken part in NYSSMA solo fest, All-County, and Area All-State ensembles for many years. Sheelan has been a member of the Syracuse Youth Orchestras for six years and is excited to be performing with the SYO at Carnegie Hall in June. Sheelan will be attending New York University in the fall to study biology on a pre-med track. She plans to continue playing the violin by joining an ensemble at NYU.
Rose Morabito has been with ACO since 2014 as a violinist. During high school, Rose has played with the AHS Orchestra and the Syracuse Youth Orchestras, as well as in All-County and NYSSMA. She will be attending SUNY Geneseo to study Early Childhood and Childhood Education. Rose plans to play in the SUNY Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, and hopes to continue with violin lessons.
Lydia Marteney began playing violin with ACO in 2013. She has participated in the NYSSMA Solo Festival and also has performed in Area All-State and Oswego All-County orchestras multiple times. Lydia has served as co-president of the Auburn High School Orchestra. Lydia will be attending Hartwick College in Oneonta in the fall and plans to continue to play violin.
Chris Holmes has played cello with ACO since 2012. In addition to membership in the Auburn High School orchestra, Chris has played in All-County orchestras for four years and in Area All-State orchestras for two years. Chris plans to attend Onondaga Community College with a major in music education.
Haley Hofmann has played violin with Auburn Chamber Orchestra since 2013. She also plays in the Auburn Apprentice Ensemble. Haley will be attending Liberty University in the fall with a major in journalism.
Jessi Menotti joined ACO as a percussionist in 2015. She has played in All-County and Area All-State bands, Syracuse Youth Orchestra, Port Byron High School Jazz Band and Senior High Band. She will be attending Nazareth College in the fall with a major in music therapy.