Auburn Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has awarded scholarships to three students who were orchestra members during their high school careers and graduated from high school in June 2020.

Brianna Packard played in the ACO viola section for all four high school years. She started playing viola in fifth grade and took private lessons from Jimmy Drancsak and Judy Herschberger. Brianna also plays the French horn and trumpet. At Auburn High School, Brianna was a member of the orchestra, marching band, jazz band and chorus and played in the pit orchestra for high school musical theater performances. Other school activities included Drama Club, track and softball. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking.

Brianna will be attending Onondaga Community College with a music education major.

Patrick Connelly played cello with ACO, beginning in his sophomore year and has taken private lessons from Lindsay Groves and Shadman Mirza. During his high school years, Patrick was a member of the Auburn High School orchestra, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Chemistry Club, and Video Game Club and participated in Model UN.

Patrick enjoys composing and arranging music on Muse Score, taking piano lessons and playing video games. He will be attending Cornell University, with a dual major in chemistry and music.

Emma Tidd played violin with ACO for all of her high school years. She started playing violin in third grade and was a member of the Skaneateles High School orchestra, In high school she played in the pit orchestra for musical theater performances and participated in Odyssey of the Mind and Girl Scouts.

Emma’s extracurricular activities include working on her family’s dairy farm, helping to manage a vegetable business, babysitting and working at Rosalie’s Bakery. She will be attending Clarkson University and is planning to major in engineering and management.