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BPO Group Awards Scholarships to 3 Young Musicians

By Mary Kunz Goldman

Three students are the recipients of Young Musicians Scholarship Awards, given out by the Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The awards go to promising high school students who are going to be pursuing music study in college.

Duo Xu, a pianist from Williamsville East High School, was awarded $3,000. As a small girl, she made several appearances with the BPO, once playing Chopin on stage at a Holiday Pops concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. She is also a 2014 Amherst Symphony Orchestra scholarship winner.

Teagan Faran, a violinist also from Williamsville East High School, was awarded $2,000. She is also the winner of a Buffalo Chamber Music Society Silverman Scholarship.

Awarded $1,000 was Alexander Cousins, a cellist from Grand Island High School. He is a student of BPO Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov.

All three students will be off to college in the fall.

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