Five students awarded MPO scholarships

Moore Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) announced its 2024 annual scholarship recipients.

“As your hometown community orchestra, MPO’s mission is to develop young musicians for the world’s stages through experiential and financial opportunities,” said MPO. “Each year, MPO is honored to provide scholarships to deserving student members to support their music education and endeavors, as well as a scholarship for an 8th or 9th grade student who is not a current MPO member. Interested students must complete an application with letters of recommendation, followed by an audition. MPO thanks Jessica Simmons of New Century Middle School for serving as this year’s guest adjudicator.”

These scholarships allow students to upgrade their instruments, attend music camps, receive private lessons, and pay for part of their college education. Since 2005, MPO has awarded Moore County students over $42,000 in scholarship awards. This year’s scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in music, community involvement, and overall character.

Ethan Hammerschmidt is a senior at Pinecrest High School and has played violin with MPO since 2021. His scholarship will be applied toward college tuition. He will attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall to major in music education.

Alexandra Lynch is a senior at Union Pines High School who has played violin with MPO since 2023. Her scholarship will be applied toward college tuition. She will major in zoology at North Carolina State University in the fall.

Evan Goodrich is a junior at Union Pines High School and has played percussion with MPO since 2023. His scholarship will be applied to Western Carolina University Summer Symposium Camp.

Isabella Robinson is a sophomore at Pinecrest High School who has played violin with MPO since 2023. Her scholarship will allow her to upgrade from a beginner violin.

Brooks Myrick is a freshman at North Moore High School and plans to join MPO in the fall of 2024. His scholarship will be used to purchase a new alto saxophone.

Feature photo: Alexandra Lynch (left), Ethan Hammerschmidt, Evan Goodrich and Isabella Robinson. Not pictured is Brooks Myrick.

Contributed/Courtesy photo.

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