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Boston University Tanglewood Institute to award a designated PYP scholarship

Portland Youth Philharmonic member will be selected to receive $3,000 merit scholarship to attend Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2016

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) has announced that there will be a designated scholarship in the amount of at least $3,000 awarded to a Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) member who is selected to attend BUTI for six weeks of summer programming.

Launched in 1966 in affiliation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center, BUTI is recognized internationally as a premier summer training program for aspiring young musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Summer 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of BUTI.

“I am pleased that BUTI has created a scholarship for the musicians of the Portland Youth Philharmonic,” says David Hattner, musical director of the PYP. “It marks a renewal of a relationship that began when our former Musical Director Jacob Avshalomov and (composer) Aaron Copland created a similar scholarship over 60 years ago with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center. Dozens of young musicians over several decades benefited from this arrangement, including Marylou Speaker Churchill, who went on to become the principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony and a mentor to another former PYP conductor, Mei-Ann Chen.”

Last season at BUTI, PYP violinist Haeun Jung served as concertmaster of the Young Artists Orchestra, and Julia Porter, oboe, and Emily Rumpca, tuba, attended the instrumental Workshops.

“It is a tribute to the dedication and achievement of PYP's current musicians that they now have this opportunity,” Hattner says. “Portland Youth Philharmonic has represented something aspirational for young musicians for over 90 years. Attending superb summer programs such as BUTI inspires them even further. When they return to PYP, their experiences enhance our program.”

The BUTI Audition Tour will make a stop in Portland, Oregon on January, 10, 2016 to host auditions as a part of the admissions process for BUTI’s 2016 season. The Tour visited Portland for the first time in over a decade in January 2015 to audition students from the PYP community and surrounding area.

“It has been an honor to collaborate with Maestro Hattner as we work to strengthen the BUTI-PYP partnership,” says Grace Kennerly, administrative director of BUTI. “Last year, we coordinated a BUTI Regional Audition Day in Portland, Oregon to coincide with the PYP Spring Concert Soloist Competition, a model we will be emulating for Portland auditions this winter as well. For the current admissions season, we’re excited to build on this by also offering a designated scholarship award to a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic who is selected to attend BUTI. The establishment of this award is a testament to the extraordinary talents we see matriculating into our programs from the PYP each summer, and I look forward to hearing more great performances from this community in the competition and auditions during my upcoming visit.”