Shared from the 5/6/2020 The Daily Gazette eEdition


Schenectady High senior recipient of Schenectady Symphony Award

SCHENECTADY —Nicholas Dwarika, a senior at Schenectady High School, has been named the recipient of the League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s Anthony R, Stefan Scholarship.

The Award is given to high school students who demonstrate excellence in the performance of an orchestral instrument. Dwarika plays double bass in the Schenectady High School Orchestra. He also plays tuba with the SHS Jazz Ensemble.

The multifaceted Dwarika is a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra Repertory Orchestra and Youth Jazz Ensemble.

He is a volunteer in the ESYO CHIME program, sings in a choir and is enrolled in classroom piano lessons. After graduation, Dwarika intends on studying music in college. The award carries a monetary prize of $1,000.

“The League of the Schenectady Orchestra is thrilled to congratulate Nick Dwarika on this prestigious and well deserved honor”, said Carole Stafford, president of the League of the SSO. “Nick exemplifies the exacting criteria established for the Stefan awardee. We picked a real winner. I am so proud of him and proud the League chose him,” she said.

The mission of the League is to support the orchestra and to encourage young musicians through initiatives such as the Stefan Award. Further information may be found at .

The award is presented in memory of Anthony R. Stefan, a noted music educator and the SSO’s conductor for nearly 25 years from 1940 until 1964.

PHOTO PROVIDED Award recipient Nicholas Dwarika performs on bass.

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