2014 Scholarship recipients – Simmy Shim, Pianist & Gustavo Romero, Trombonist

2014 scholarship picFor immediate release 3/24/14

The Naples Orchestra and Chorus awarded two $1,000 scholarships to area high schools seniors to continue their musical studies in college. The Ralph Stewart Scholarships were given to Simmy Shim, pianist, and Gustavo Romero, trombonist, at the March 22 and 23 concerts at Lely High School. Funding for the awards was donated by the Jim and Linda Lee Family Foundation and by Bill and Jackie Mears.

Simmy Shim has served the Naples Orchestra and Chorus as chorus accompanist during the 2013-14 season. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student from Korea in her sophomore year and is completing her senior year at Seacrest County Day School. She is studying piano with Jodie DeSalvo, and will continue to further her music training in college. She participated last year in the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin. Gustavo Romero will graduate from Lely High School, where he was a member of the concert, marching and jazz bands. He has performed for two years with the Naples Orchestra and Chorus. He was named to the National Honor Society and plans to major in bio-chemistry and to minor in music performance in college.

The Naples Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Dale Herrema, has had as many as 21 local middle school, high school, and FGCU students performing with them this season, awarding them a total of $8,700 in stipends.

Cindy Swinarski, publicity
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Sean Stolliker press release

April 25, 2013

sean stolliker imageThe Naples Orchestra and Chorus awarded its annual Ralph Stewart Student Scholarship to percussionist Sean Stolliker on April 14 at its closing concert of the season at Golden Gate High School.

Sean, a senior at Lely High School, began performing with NOC in 2010 when he was a sophomore. In addition to performing with NOC, Sean performs in his high school Jazz Band, and he leads his own Band, Greenview as guitarist at various venues in the Naples/Fort Myers area.

This year’s scholarship was underwritten by a grant from the Jim and Linda Lee Family Foundation. The award is given to a student who has met a number of requirements to apply and has shown dedication to the organization. The award is named after Ralph Stewart, founder of the Naples Orchestra and Chorus.

When asked about his music, Sean expressed his intention to continue in a broad spectrum of music opportunities, stating, “I don’t want to limit myself. I have learned so much, and I just want to keep learning.” He is thankful for the support he has received from the members of NOC. He intends to use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition and method books. His long-term goal is to “always be performing.”

Sean’s immediate future includes studying at the Florida Gulf Coast University, Bower School of Music.