Cecelia Santiago Awarded Civic Music Association Scholarships

Cecelia Santiago Awarded Civic Music Association Scholarships
Posted on 01/18/2020
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On January 18, 2020, West Allis Central High School sophomore, Cecelia Santiago, was awarded a Civic Music Association of Milwaukee High School Certificate of Excellence and High School Scholarship. 

“Each scholarship winner received $250 and performed in a recital on February 9, 2020 at the Milwaukee Art Museum,” explained Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School Orchestra Director Mary Pat Michels. “Cecelia performed Wienawski’s Concerto No. 2 in D minor, at the end of the recital she was announced as the 2020 Young Artist Scholarship winner and received an additional $500 scholarship!”

Santiago attended Franklin Elementary School and Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School and is currently a sophomore at Central High School in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  She has performed with Shining Strings and is a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra where she has been the winner of multiple concerto competitions on violin and viola over the past years. She is currently a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony.

“I was grateful to be her teacher at Franklin Elementary School. Now in high school, she has always been a leader in our school music programs”, said Central Orchestra Director, Casey Unger, “Cecelia is always willing to help run a rehearsal or lead a sectional. She is an asset to our music department.”  

“Even though Cecelia is very talented, she is always very humble and appreciative of her accomplishments,” said Michels. “She plays violin and viola, and assists at school because she loves what she does and wants to share her music with those around her. She is a strong musician and a wonderful, caring person. She is the first to give others her love, support, and encouragement.”

Santiago is grateful for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s music education program. Cecelia is grateful for her music education in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. “A lot of people have helped me to get where I am musically. The past four years studying under my private teacher Pamela Simmons has completely transformed my playing into something I'm really proud of. My orchestra teachers Mrs. Unger and Mrs. Michels have helped me to grow so much along the way as well. I'm so grateful to them and my parents for being so supportive of my passion. I feel really lucky to have grown up in a city that puts so much emphasis on the arts and has awesome music teachers too. There are some great programs in the West Allis area for young musicians. I really enjoyed playing in the Civic Music recital with so many other talented musicians and friends, and I think it's really great that we have this organization right here in Milwaukee that awards scholarships for students, and gives awards to music teachers and administrators as well”, adds Santiago.

Reaching over 1,000 young musicians in the community last year alone, Civic Music nurtures emerging artists with programming focused mainly on solo performance. Participating instrumentalists and vocalists take part in a variety of unique opportunities to refine their skills and grow as a musician through private lessons, auditions, workshops, competition, and performance.  Civic Music Association of Milwaukee is a non-profit organization that supports music education and performance opportunities for young musicians in the five county greater Milwaukee area.