Fairfield student wins music program scholarship

Fairfield-crosbyElm City ChamberFest, a two-week intensive summer chamber music program for intermediate and advanced string and piano students from ages 8 to 18, announced that Fairfield Ludlowe High School freshman Benjamin Crosby has won the Elm City ChamberFest scholarship award for cello.

Benjamin has been playing the cello for 10 years. He is a student of Gjorgi Kroqi and also studies piano with Mae Ri Bae. Benjamin is a member of the Fairfield Ludlowe orchestra and has participated in Connecticut Regional and All-State, as well as the Fairfield County Strings Festival. He is also a member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra.

This will be Benjamin’s first summer at ECCF.

“I am excited at the prospect of meeting others who share an interest and love for music and the chance to create new friendships,” Benjamin said about receiving the scholarship.

As the result of an anonymous donor, the program has been able to establish a full tuition scholarship that is awarded each summer for one high school viola and one high school cello student. Scholarship recipients are selected based upon a live audition, as well as teacher recommendations, previous musical experience and a written essay.

“We are so excited to be able to honor and enjoy young talented musicians like Benjamin,” said Fiona Murray, ECCF artistic director and founder. “Summer is the perfect time to focus on strengthening each child’s extracurricular musical activities, and Elm City ChamberFest is dedicated to helping every young musician attain these goals.”

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