Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award
The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nathan Garcia-Diaz, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality oboe 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, Garcia-Diaz now has a new Lorée Royal Oboe.
The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award recipient was chosen from the SRSYO based on talent and need. Only applicants who were enrolled in private lessons and who agreed to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season were considered. Garcia-Diaz has been taking private lessons from Daniel Celidore for two years.
In his letter of recommendation, Celidore wrote, "Nathan is a natural musician, and he has excelled in technical skill and sound production on the oboe…It would be wonderful for Natahan to have an instrument that is able to express the musical nuances that Nathan can ask of it."
Garcia-Diaz, who identified himself as experiencing the weight of his Latino ethnicity, said in his application, “Music has given protection from the chaos. . . Music has always allowed for growth, recovery and strength to pursue my passion…."
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.”
Nathan Garcia-Diaz, a junior at Santa Rosa High School, has been playing oboe for two years, for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles and his high school Symphonic Band, directed by Mark Wardlaw. Garcia-Diaz began his musical studies at age seven, on the alto saxophone. In middle school, where he was inspired by Wardlaw, he branched out to not only the flute, but also the viola. After two years with the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians' Repertory Orchestra, Garcia-Diaz rose to the SRSYO in 2017, playing oboe and English horn. In the SRSYO November 2017 concert, he played the English horn solo in Dvořák's New World Symphony. In college, Garcia-Diaz plans to double major in Psychology and Music, with a motivation to return to his home of Sonoma County to work with other Latino immigrants, using music as therapy.
The scholarship selection committee included SRSYO conductor Richard Loheyde, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) Wendy Cilman and SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist) Jane Shelly, with the donor also participating in the final selection process.