What Past Young Artists Have To Say

What you have given me has allowed me to pursue a career and goals that would otherwise be impossible. As a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, I will spread the passion and confidence of music that was given to me to all future generations of musicians I encounter.”

– Sandra Bailey, 18, Bassoon


“Without the scholarship helping me with my auditions, I would never have been accepted to Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School… I still cannot believe how lucky and blessed I was to come across such a generous scholarship that supported not only mine but many others’ growth in music. “

– Marcus Rose, 17, viola

“Receiving the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award has truly given me opportunities that will change my life: music camps, exciting piano competitions that will bring me to a higher level, a finer, new instrument, and so much more.”

– Victoria Young, 11, piano

You are like a genie in a bottle for young musicians. I will have many memorable learning experiences at music camps, much-needed help with paying for my piano lessons, and LOTS of music books.”

– Sherry Tang, 12, piano


“Thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, I had the thrilling experience of performing live for NPR with Christopher O’Riley! I have been listening to the show for years, so being on the show was like a far away dream come zooming true! That was awesome!!!”

– Sujari Britt, 10, cello



“I am exceptionally grateful for your support of my musical career. I am determined to have a bright future, and because of your generous contribution, I have a fighting chance.”

– Kamila Hines Muhammad, 16, clarinet