At the Philharmonic Association, we look forward to celebrating our musicians’ successes.  We are excited to announce a particularly impressive accomplishment made by one of our saxophonists in TYJE, Zebedee Jewell-Alibhai, who has been selected for the 2021 YoungArts Award!  As the winner of this award, Zebedee is recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation as one of “659 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from across the country.”  Less than 10% of all the 15-18 year old artists who participate in YoungArt’s prestigious competition are selected as YoungArts winners at the completion of the blind adjudication process.

As a YoungArts winner, Zebedee will receive not only national recognition and a cash prize from the Foundation, but amazing development opportunities for the duration of his career as a musician.  The YoungArts Foundation provides winners with ongoing creative, professional, and financial support.  For instance, the young artists have access to a great variety of fellowships and residencies, awards, presentation opportunities, and collaborations.  To learn more about the benefits Zebedee will receive as the winner of this prestigious award, visit the National YoungArts Foundation website. 

When announcing this year’s winners, Executive Director of YoungArts Jewel Malone emphasized the importance of empowering and supporting young artists, particularly those in high school, a sentiment that the Philharmonic Association strongly affirms. When a high school, middle school, or even elementary school student is given the opportunity to embrace their musical passion and develop their talents, that student can accomplish amazing things, as evidenced by Zebedee’s award.  We are so proud of Zebedee and excited to see his continued artistic growth!