We always announce the recipient of MMTA’s Music Study Award at YMS. Tricia Martin presented the award this year to Abigail Heinen, a 7th grade pianist! The Music Study Award is an award of $500 designed to help a student take a significant step forward in their musical pursuits by defraying the cost of lessons or the purchase of music or an instrument. Congratulations, Abigail!
One more exciting announcement we made at the concerts was the sponsorship of YMS for the next five years by Bullard Children's Dentistry, in honor of Steve Hamer's 75th birthday earlier that week. They have made a five-year commitment to give $2,000 per year for the concert. Steve helped found this event 12 years ago with the dream of making it possible for kids to play on the big stage at the Weill Center, where the pros play, and inspire the musical youth of our community. To date, Young Musical Stars has allowed more than 1,000 young musicians in our area to perform at the Weill Center. Steve is Shannon Bullard's father and Dr. George's father-in-law. The Bullards have also been active in YMS with their children performing in YMS concerts each year since the very first one. MMTA is very grateful for Steve Hamer's support of YMS over the years and the Bullards' sponsorship!
We hope to see you back next year for YMS 2023!