We are so proud of our 2019 Music Doing Good Scholarship recipients. We received a record number of applications this year totaling more than 200. This Saturday, we are thrilled to award 150 scholarships to very deserving music students, which will further their private studies and enable them to attend summer intensive camps and workshops.
Music Doing Good with Scholarships is also excited to announce that this will be the first year to appoint two Music Doing Good Ambassadors, Bryant Li and Grace Liu. Bryant and Grace are also members of Music of Harmony, a nonprofit organization that was formed by former scholarship recipient, Nathaniel Zhang. They have assembled more than 400 families in the Katy and Sugar Land areas of Houston to provide concerts for local retirement homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities. Bryant took over as director for Nathaniel when he went off to attend University of Rochester and the famed, Eastman School of Music. We are in awe of the level of dedication to their music and to the community displayed by these young musicians.
Bryant recently competed in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition in Spokane, Washington, which is sponsored annually by Kawai America. He won the southern regional competition which represents Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Bryant was also chosen as one of 14 non-competing festival participants for 2019 Junior Van Cliburn Festival to be held on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas on May 31st through June 8th. Out of 230 young pianists ranging in age from 13 to 17, 24 competitors and 14 non-competing festival participants were chosen. Bryant will learn from world famous jurors/pianists through private and master classes, without the pressure of competing, which he says that he will enjoy immensely.
“Thank you for three years of scholarships, which have made more of Bryant’s private lesson and summer piano camp opportunities possible,” remarks his mother, Jenny.
But that’s not all! After attending the Music Doing Good Scholarship ceremony on Saturday at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Bryant will be competing in the Steinway & Sons Junior Piano Competition for young pianists aged 18 and under. Round one will take place this weekend and the final competition and award ceremony will take place the first week of May. We wish Bryant the best of luck, but we know that his talent will soar among his competitors.
Proud does not even begin to describe how we feel about Bryant, Grace and all of our scholarship recipients!