MPO announces scholarship winners

The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) announced the winners of its annual spring scholarships and awards. Seven winners were chosen across three categories: Junior Scholarship, Junior Honorarium Awards, and Member Scholarships.

The Junior Scholarship was awarded to an eighth or ninth-grade instrumental musician seeking aid for instrument upgrades, repairs, lessons, or music camps. Additionally, the generosity of its donors this season made it possible to award two Junior Honorarium awards to two non-members under the same criteria. Member Scholarships were awarded to student members of the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra age 21 or younger seeking aid for instrument upgrades, repairs, lessons, camps, or college scholarships.

The MPO Junior Scholarship award winner is Jessica Perry, an eighth-grade violinist at Highfalls Elementary. The MPO Junior Honorarium Award winners are Colton Freeman and Josiah Kojo. Colton is a freshman saxophonist at North Moore High School, and Josiah is an eighth-grade cellist and pianist at Crain’s Creek Middle School.

MPO scholarship winners

MPO JR Scholarship: Colton Freeman (left), Josiah Kojo, Jessica Perry

The MPO Member Scholarship award winners are Shion Strickland, Nora Waters, Suzannah Davis, and Madeline Mabe. Shion is senior violinist at Pinecrest High School, and Nora is a senior french hornist at Pinecrest High School. Suzannah is a senior tenor saxophonist, violinist, and pianist at North Moore High School, and Madeline is a junior violist and trombonist at North Moore High School.

“The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra extends their warmest congratulations to these talented young musicians,” said Moore Philharmonic Orchestra. “We wish them all the best in their future studies, and look forward to hearing of their accomplishments in the years to come. As our 17th season comes to a close, we thank our members and supporters for their time and dedication. Without you, there would be no MPO. We look forward to presenting another year of great music as our 18th season begins in August 2022. Stay tuned for more information about our fall open house and first rehearsal. We hope to see you there!”

Moore Philharmonic Orchestra is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit intergenerational community and youth orchestra that provides advanced-level performance opportunities for students and community members alike. For more information visit the MPO website at

Feature photo: MPO Member Scholarship: Shion Strickland (left), Suzannah Davis, Nora Waters, and Madeline Mabe.

Courtesy photos/Contributed.

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