SFUAD Music Student Named Finalist in National YoungArts Foundation Program

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Freshman Cabria Scott was selected as a National YoungArts Week finalist for 2015

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—December 18, 2014—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Contemporary Music Program student Cabria Scott (’18) was recently named a Jazz Voice Finalist for the 2015 National YoungArts Week , achieving a coveted spot with only 24 other finalists in this category.

Of the approximately 11,000 submissions the program receives each year, 616 winners and 170 student finalists were selected for 2015. All YoungArts finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Miami for National YoungArts Week in January, which includes master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, enrichment programs and final adjudications. Some of the finalists will receive additional awards and 20 students will be selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

“I congratulate all 786 winners and look forward to welcoming the finalists to our campus in January and getting to know this vibrant and passionate group of artists during National YoungArts Week,” said Paul T. Lehr, president and CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation. “These are our nation’s next big names, from Hollywood to Broadway, from museum walls to fashion runways, and I always look forward to seeing where our winners end up.”

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 20,000 alumni with over $6 million in monetary awards. Many of the program’s alumni have gone on to achieve success and international fame in their industries, including actress Kerry Washington (Scandal); singers Nicki Minaj and Josh Groban; dancer Desmond Richardson; and TV writer, producer and director Jenji Kohan (Weeds and Orange Is the New Black). The program has also facilitated more than $150 million in college scholarship opportunities and has enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Robert Redford, Marina Abramovi?, Zaha Hadid and Bruce Weber.

Scott, originally from Texas, attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. As a freshman at SFUAD, she sings in the university’s Jazz Ensemble. Scott says that after graduation, she hopes to pursue her dream of performing and recording music, particularly R&B and soul.

About the National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the next generation of artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by supporting the artistic development of talented young artists. Each year, YoungArts receives about 11,000 applications from artists between 15 and 18 years old (grades 10–12). From this pool, approximately 700 winners are eligible to participate in YoungArts programs in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. YoungArts provides these emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. For
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About SFUAD’s Contemporary Music Department

The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design educates students in contemporary and classical music, world music, digital technology and recording techniques, with a heavy emphasis on performing and community involvement. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to tour, reaching different audiences and enriching not only their academic experience but also their ability to communicate through original compositions, their instrument and their voice.

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