The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York is honoring the memory of one of our own MYO Alums, Grace McDermott, with the Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Fund. Grace passed away suddenly on May 1, 2017 as a result of a tragic house fire.
Grace sang Alto with the MYO Youth Chorale from 2005-2007, under the direction of Michael Kerschner. On the MYO 2006 China Tour, led by MYO Founder and Executive Director Emeritus John C. McNeur, Grace performed as one of the first vocalists ever on a MYO tour, under the direction of MYO Board President Sandra Baskin. Grace spoke about travelling with the MYO tour at such a young age as being a formative experience and essential to developing her independence. She also credited the MYO Tours with leading to her decision to live abroad. Grace travelled with fellow MYO Alum Jodi Ezratty, and we are truly grateful to Jodi, to Andrew Fund for this scholarship idea, and to all of Grace’s MYO classmates for their support in making the Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Fund a reality.
We hope you will join us and support talented young musicians to tour Italy with MYO in July 2020.
Please click on the link below to make your donation and thank you for your support.
If you have any questions about the Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Fund, please contact the MYO Office at 516-365-6961.