There is nothing more rewarding to Philharmonic Association staff than seeing our members passionately pursue their musical interests both within this organization and beyond. For this reason, we are incredibly proud of TYJE member Adithya Sriram for winning the Kenan Music Scholarship. Adithya has participated in the Philharmonic Association for eight years, starting off as a violinist in our Triangle Youth String Orchestra and moving on to play violin in our Triangle Youth Orchestra and Triangle Symphony and saxophone in our Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra and Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.
The Kenan Music Scholarship is a premier scholarship of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Music, awarded to 4 incoming students each year. This award consists of four-year full-tuition scholarship (including student fees, room, and board) and a $6,000 stipend for musical enrichment. This year, over 200 individuals applied and participated in the first round of the scholarship audition. Adithya was one of ten students selected as finalists. After a second round which required finalists to write two essays, attend an interview, and perform an additional audition, UNC music faculty selected Adithya and three other students to receive the award.
When asked about his response to this success, Adithya said that he was “ecstatic, proud, and grateful” to have been selected as a Kenan Music Scholar. He also shared the following response: “Winning this award made me look back on the people and organizations who have helped me in my musical journey thus far. From starting on violin, playing in TYSO, TYO, and TYS, to playing saxophone in TYJO and TYJE, I now realize the impact these experiences had on me as a musician in developing my love of playing music.” He enthusiastically thanked the musicians that played a role in his musical journey including Mr. Jacob Wenger (TYO), Mr. Tim Kohring (TYO), Mr. McCrae Hardy (TYS), Ms. Lisa Burn (TYJO), Dr. Gregg Gelb (TYJE) and several other musicians outside of the PA. He concluded, “I would like to thank the Philharmonic Association for assisting me in my musical journey and giving invaluable opportunities to learn and demonstrate my musicianship for the past 8 years.”
Adithya describes his success as “a testament to how far you can progress if you really love doing what you do.” The Philharmonic Association is proud to serve musicians like Adithya who not only work hard to pursue music, but who find joy in doing so. We are honored to play a role in the lives of passionate and hardworking musicians like Adithya Sriram.