Scottsdale, AZ, June 16, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Four youth from inner-Phoenix, each a Rosie’s House student, received a $250 scholarship from the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Kenia Ramirez (Flute), Salvatore Papandrea (Violin), Yuna Kang (Piano) and Sammara Estrada (Voice) will now be able to attend a local summer music camp complimenting their instruction from Rosie’s House. Each of them were winners of the organization’s annual Great Performers Competition.
The most talented students from Rosie’s House are nominated by faculty and compete within their department in the annual competition. Judging is based on performance at the student’s skill level and for the piece they are performing – not overall who is the best or most advanced. Judges are outside educators, musicians and arts advocates throughout the community.
The first, second and third place students from each department performed at a free showcase concert in mid-April and the first place winners from each department were featured at the Rosie’s House Annual Ovation Gala in late April.
“It was delightful to hear the students perform at the Gala,” says Joy Partridge, co-founder and president of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. “We are pleased to begin this annual partnership with Rosie's House of donating four scholarships.”
About Rosie’s House
Rosie's House was founded in 1996 by Rosie Schurz, a German immigrant. She established Rosie’s House in a small home in an impoverished Phoenix neighborhood. Rising above the poverty that plagued the Phoenix Oakland community, Schurz created a safe haven for youth to express their creativity and pursue their dreams.
Rosie’s House is committed to eliminating barriers to high-quality music education. Through music, the organization supports youth as they develop their full creative and personal potential.
Over the course of the past 22 years, Rosie’s House has grown to a full-fledged community music school with 450 students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled annually. As one of the largest free music afterschool programs nationwide, Rosie’s House offers free music lessons, loaned instruments, mentorship, service-learning opportunities and college-readiness programs. Rosie’s House uses achievement in music as a bridge to achievement in life; 97 percent of graduates in the past five years have achieved their college and career goals.
Rosie Schurz’s background
Schurz’s own story of war and hope inspires the mission of Rosie’s House. During World War II, as war ravaged the countryside, Schurz’s family was forced to evacuate their home in Munich and flee to the German countryside. On her family’s journey to safety, seven-year-old Schurz, who had just started music lessons, had to leave her violin behind. Throughout her life, her sense of loss for her violin remained poignant; and finally, as an adult, she found respite in providing a second “home” to disadvantaged children. Rosie’s House provides children everything she wanted as a child: safety, stability and music.
About the Scottsdale Philharmonic
Founded in 2012, the Scottsdale Philharmonic is a non-profit with a mission statement of bringing free classical concerts to the community. The organization is funded by donations from patrons, grants and sponsors.
Over 75 professional musicians continue to volunteer their time and talent for each of the performances. Upcoming concert dates in 2018 are Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 (holiday concert).For more information, visit www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com or call 480-951-6077.