Coastal Concerts Awards Two Music Scholarships

by Dave on March 3, 2009

From Coastal Concerts:

Once again, Coastal Concerts is recognizing the talents of two outstanding
young area musicians with scholarships of $1000 each. This is the second
year that the organization has had two winners in the annual competition.

Winners are Maria Scott of Bridgeville and Benjamin Tyler Simmons of Millsboro.

Maria, a home schooled student, is being recognized for her talent and
accomplishments as a pianist. She has been a first place winner in the
Southern Delaware Music Teachers Association competition since 2001.

Maria has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a winner of the
Golden Keys Music Festival. A student at the Wilmington Music School,
she has been honored there with the Maria de Vries Scholarship and
the Grace Salzberg Memorial Fund Scholarship Award. In February 2008
she performed with the Ambler Symphony, Ambler, PA as a winner of its
annual concerto competition. Active in the community, Maria has entertained
at the Harrison House Nursing Home in Georgetown and the Manor House
Retirement Community in Seaford and at the Seaford Historical Socity Society
Holiday party. Maria traveled in Russia in 2007 and 2008 on a church mission trip,
leading singing with Russian teens.

Also a top musician and honoree, Benjamin Simmons of Millsboro is a talented saxophone player. Ben is a sophomore at Sussex Central High School and studies music both at school and with a private teacher. A sax player for six years he plays alto, tenor and barisax. Ben started performing solos and playing with the school band since he was a fifth grader. He has been first chair for the all county band for three years. In seventh grade, he was recognized as the International Jazz Educator Outstanding Jazz Soloist at a University of Delaware program. Ben has shared his talents with the community performing at the Big Thursday celebration in Millsboro for three years, at Millsborot’s Santa House during the holiday season, and at local nursing homes and churches. Ben credits his parents support for his ongoing successes.

Coastal Concerts Outreach Committee Chair Dolores Fiegel, says of the
scholarship program, “In the past we have traditionally chosen one winner,
but in 2008 as in 2007 we were confronted with a bounty of talented applicants
and were able to choose not one but two for this honor. Generous contributors
to our scholarship program and Coastal Concerts ongoing support make it
possible for talented young Sussex County musicians to pursue their skills and

dreams.” Coastal Concerts has presented scholarships for seven years, recognizing
and rewarding young musicians through a competitive process. Students must
apply, send recommendations, resumes, personal essays and audition tapes or
CDs to the Outreach Committee.

Coastal Conerts Concerts celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is a non-profit
organization bringing classical music concerts to the Cape region during the fall
and winter season. The Outreach Committee also sponsors a used instrument drive,

“Toot Your Own Horn,” for Lewes replace with Cape Henlopen School District
public school students; in-school free concerts; public free concerts for local families
and musical story telling programs at area libraries.

Coastal Concerts also offers free admission to all concerts for youth under 18 with
replace with and one accompanying adult. For more information about Coastal
Concerts, call 888-212-6458 or contact

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