Wednesday, July 12, 2017 02:05 PM


The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera announced Arianna Katie Shea as the recipient of its first Kayoko Dan Conducting Scholarship. The first of its kind for the 85 year old organization, the scholarship will offer Ms. Shea a unique opportunity to work directly with the CSOs Music Director Kayoko Dan during the 2017/18 season.

"I have had many mentors who guided me as a young conductor. It is not possible to pay them back, so I have decided to pay it forward by mentoring a younger generation of conductors. I am looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders of the symphonic world," said Ms. Dan, who will celebrate her seventh year as the CSOs music director and conductor in September. Her contract was recently extended through the 2021/22 season.

2017/18 scholarship recipient Katie Shea was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tn., where she began her musical studies at age 12 when she joined her schools choir and began taking violin lessons. In high school, Ms. Shea played violin in the Mt. Juliet High School Orchestra, Strings of Gold, as well as the schools smaller ensemble, Chamber Strings. Upon graduation, she ...

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