ACO SCHOLARSHIPS


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Kacy Quill – 2024 Marion Fritz Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Kacy Quill is the 2024 recipient of the Marion Fritz Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her participation with ACO as a violinist. Kacy, who is a senior at Auburn High School, has been playing violin since she was ten years old.

Kacy first played with ACO when she was in seventh grade and has played with ACO for 3 years while in high school. In addition to playing in the Auburn High School orchestra, Kacy has qualified for All-County orchestras and Area All-State orchestras. In eleventh grade, she was selected as concertmaster of All-County Orchestra.

Kacy also has been a member of Syracuse Symphony Youth Repertory Orchestra, serving as concertmaster for the past 2 years. This year she has advanced to Syracuse Young Artists Orchestra which performs a concert with the professional musicians in the Syracuse Orchestra.

Extracurricular activities include a bank internship, community service projects and learning to play the piano. Kacy is considering the University of Rochester for college in the fall with a major in business and a minor in music.

Graduating high school musicians who have played at least 3 years in ACO and who will be continuing their education after graduation are eligible to receive a scholarship from ACO. 

The following talented and dedicated ACO student musicians have received ACO scholarships in the past:

  • Ryan Packard (2023), viola. SUNY Fredonia (music education and performance)
  • Emma Tidd (2020), violin. Clarkson University (education and management)
  • Brianna Packard (2020), viola. Onondaga Community College (music education)
  • Patrick Connelly (2020), cello. Cornell University (chemistry and music)
  • Meghan Smith (2018), violin. Onondaga Community College (music education)
  • Rose Morabito (2017), violin. SUNY Geneseo (early childhood education)
  • Sheelan Mirza (2017), violin. New York University (pre-med)
  • Lydia Marteney (2017), violin. Hartwick College (anthropology, accounting, business admin)
  • Jessi Menotti (2017), percussion. Nazareth College (music therapy)
  • Chris Holmes (2017), cello. Onondaga Community College (music)
  • Haley Hofmann (2017), violin. Liberty University (journalism)
  • Sam Hensel (2016), viola. SUNY Fredonia (music)
  • Jimmy Dranscak (2016), violin. SUNY Fredonia (music).  Currently at Julliard
  • Zane Carnes (2016), bass. Ithaca College (music performance)
  • Shadman Mirza (2013), cello. Syracuse University School of Music (music)
  • Rebekah Ortquist (2009), violin. Grove City College (music)
  • Nicholas Hrynyk (2009), piano. Eastman School of Music (music)
  • Kristopher Kooi (2007), bass. Cornell University (music performance and composition)