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SRS announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award: Petri Alva receives a flute

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 23, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Petri Alva, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality flute to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family. After years of playing on borrowed instruments, Alva now has a new, silver flute from Lillian Burkart Flutes and Piccolos, near Boston.
The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award recipient is chosen from the SRSYO based on talent and need. Only applicants enrolled in private lessons and who agree to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season are considered. Alva has been taking private lessons for three years.
Fourteen-year-old Alva grew up in a very musical household and has played flute for six years. Since every family member plays at least one musical instrument, nothing gives him more pleasure than to play with them and share their musical talent with other people.

Until this award Alva was borrowing a flute from the Santa Rosa Symphony. Now, thanks to the Ken Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, he owns a high quality instrument that will last a long time and will help him realize his intention to “continue to play music for the rest of my life.”
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “A gift like this can be a life-changer. The Symphony is very grateful to the Stults Family for continuing to support young musicians through this scholarship.”
The scholarship selection committee included SRSYO conductor Bobby Rogers and SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) Wendy Cilman, joined by (then) Santa Rosa High School band and orchestra director Mark Wardlaw (who also plays clarinet in the SRS orchestra) and the donor also participating for the final selection process.
High Res photo of Petri available upon request.
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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