Walker|West 2020 Founder’s Award Recipient – Ariam Hashel
Each year, Walker|West Music Academy acknowledges our graduating seniors for their commitment to their music education. This year, we honor the Class of 2020 for their perseverance through the Covid-19 Pandemic and moments of community unrest in response to systemic injustice. Additionally, the Walker|West Founders Award is presented to one student who has shown exemplary musicianship and dedication to their music training.
We are pleased to announce violist Ariam Hashel as our 2020 Founders Award recipient.
At 9 years old Ariam was excited to learn an instrument, when seeing her older sibling taking violin lessons at Walker|West. Her musical advancement speaks loudly, and she attributes her academic success to the tools she obtained through individual lessons and as an assistant for our Summer Music Camp. During her near decade of study with us, Ariam has also participated in numerous well known music programs such as the Artaria Chamber Music School and Sphinx Performance Academy. She exemplifies the mission of Walker|West, which is to gather, explore, and grow through music.
Her instructor Earl Ross, shared a few notes on Ariam’s dazzling and community-centered musical career:
In the time I’ve worked with Ariam, I’ve watched her grow from a beginner student tentatively drawing her bow across strings for the first time to an accomplished young violist playing Bach, Schubert and Hofmeister.
Even as Ariam has participated in music activities, she has maintained an outstanding academic record throughout the years. But perhaps as important or more important, has been Ariam’s commitment and ability to foster community. At times shy and self-effacing, she has been that student who offers to help younger less confident students work through a particularly difficult passage or technique. Or finds a way to make a new student feel more comfortable. Often, it is her voice cheering the loudest when a student completes her/his piece during a string recital.
Ariam will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN this fall. She plans to participate in “a plethora of music programs at the Blair School of Music.”
Congratulations Ariam from the entire Walker|West village. Thank you for making our music learning community strong.
2020 Founder’s Award Honorable Mentions
We are also incredibly proud of our Founders Award finalists, Elijah Awada and Benjamin Bauer, who have both shown a high level of commitment to their music education, and have grown tremendously in recent years. Both of these students are enrolled in individual lessons and participate in various Walker|West Jazz Ensembles. Their instructors wish them continued success.
The 2020 graduating class of High School Seniors include:
(View Student Spotlights on our facebook page by clicking their names)
Ariam Hashel, (viola) Individual Lessons, Summer Music Camp assistant
Max Walker, (saxophone) Jazz Ensemble
Colin Karp, (saxophone) Jazz Ensemble
Eli Soss, (saxophone) Jazz Ensemble
Elliot Wall, (drums) Jazz Ensemble
Eli Zukor-Zimmerman, (bass/drums) Individual lessons
Sergo Amanuel Abraha, (piano) Individual Lessons
Stella LaCroix-Dalluhn, (piano) Individual Lessons
These students add to the legacy of Walker|West Music Academy, showcasing the impact of our programming and power of our community. We are proud of each of them for reaching this milestone, and wish them success in their future endeavors. Congratulations, Class of 2020!
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