The Summer Music Academy is excited to continue its diversity outreach program that began last summer. This program brings students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds to Ithaca for the two-week High School division. The program is driven by the Summer Music Award. This award, funded by Reginald Allen '81, provides full scholarships for three students per year to attend SMA over a five-year period.
We are delighted to welcome back bassoonist Mateen Milan, who is currently studying at the Peabody Institute, as our SMA student mentor. This position helps to support a broad range of activities, including student recipients of the Summer Music Award. Mateen is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and does occasional work with OrchKids, a successful music outreach program that has significantly influenced the efforts of our own.