2013 1218 Dorian Joseph

East End Arts is pleased to announce the 2013 recipient of the Frances Ligon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was inaugurated in the Fall of 2007 in honor of the memory of Frances Ligon, who served on the Board of Directors for the East End Arts from 2005 to 2007. She was a well-known advocate for the arts and for youth education throughout the East End community, as well as avid gospel singer since childhood, performing regularly as a soloist and as a member of the East End Arts’ Harvest Gospel Choir for 20 years. Those who had the honor of knowing her and of hearing her sing will always remember her ability to lift the spirit with her soulful voice.

East End Arts is delighted to honor Mrs. Ligon’s memory by naming Dorian Joseph as this year’s scholarship recipient. Dorian is a 13-year old eighth-grade student freshman student at Southampton Intermediate School and is a National Junior Honor Society student. Dorian plays viola in the school’s music strings orchestra program, which he has been involved with since the age of 7, and has been a student at the East End Arts School since 2011. At the East End Arts School, he is currently studying the viola with Nicholas Orifici and drums with Stan Wright. He has participated in NYSSMA, LISFA and HMEA. Dorian has participated in East End Arts’ Summer Student Orchestra Program, which partners with the prestigious Perlman Music Program, and he has also been the principal drummer at the East End Arts Summer Music Camp for the past two years. He recently started playing the drums for the band at his church. In his spare time, Dorian enjoys listening and dancing to music, playing video games, reading comic books, and playing sports. He also enjoys indoor/outdoor play involving parkour (free running).

East End Arts congratulates Dorian on this special honor and for all of his hard work and dedication to his music education.

Past recipients of this award are: José Alvizures (2012); Brandon Boardman (2010 & 2011); Nazrus Halsey (2009); Christian Hibbert (2008.)

The East End Arts School has 200 students each semester studying voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar and orchestral instruments, as well as music composition and recording. Currently, the School is able to provide scholarships for many deserving students, but many more are on a waiting list.

For more information about the East End Arts School’s music program, or how to contribute to the East End Arts School’s Music Scholarship fund, please contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171, or visit www.eastendarts.org to learn more.

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