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2012 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Winner

Joseph Kelly from Manhattan School of Music is the 2012 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Winner

Watch Joseph Kelly select his winning cymbals in the Zildjian Orchestral Room.

Zildjian is pleased to announce that Joseph Kelly, a student at the Manhattan School of Music, is the winner of the 2012 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition. Joseph is a student of Chris Lamb, She-e Wu, Duncan Patton and Erik Charlston and is going into his senior year. Joseph will receive a $5,000 tuition award, an expense free trip to the Zildjian factory and complimentary cymbals.

Joseph was personally contacted on Tuesday August 14th by Keith Aleo, Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at the Zildjian Company and said on the phone “I’m thrilled to receive this prestigious scholarship from the Zildjian Company! It will be tremendously helpful toward my tuition at MSM and I’m looking forward to my visit to the factory in the next week.”

The first round of competition was judged by James Campbell from the University of Kentucky and eight finalists were chosen. Their unmarked CD’s were sent to Cynthia Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Joseph’s CD’s was chosen as the winner.

The eight finalists were:
Tristan Boyd, University of Texas at Austin, Tom Burritt
Alison Chorn, Cleveland State University Tom Freer
Tom Lee, Royal Academy of Music London, Neil Percy
Caleb Ping, New England Conservatory, Will Hudgins
Nate Tucker, Boston Conservatory, Sam Solomon/Keith Aleo
Joshua Vonderheide, Juilliard School, Greg Zuber
Cynthia Willis, Florida State University, John Parks

The Kerope Zildjian scholarship is an opportunity for the Zildjian family to pay tribute to Kerope, who presided over one of the most-storied periods in Zildjian history. From 1865 until his death in 1909 in Constantinople, Kerope continued to develop the classic K. Zildjian sound, coveted by the world's greatest percussionists. In memory of Kerope's deep commitment to the art of craftsmanship, the Zildjian family established this scholarship to encourage and reward percussionists in their pursuit of performing excellence. 

Zildjian congratulates all that were involved!

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