University of Michigan Sophomore and Dexter, Michigan native Stuart Ross Carlson was selected as one of five winners of the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Award Program competition. He will travel to Washington, DC on May 25th to participate in workshops, master classes, and round table discussions led by renowned musicians from around the world. Stuart will perform on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center on Friday, May 27th and the performance will be broadcast live via the internet. Stuart is a published arranger and is pursuing dual degrees in violin performance and composition at U-M. He studies violin with Stephen Shipps and has studied composition with Evan Chambers and Paul Schoenfield.
Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.
To learn more about Stuart Ross Carlson, visit www.stuartcarlson.com. For the live stream of Stuart’s performance on May 27th, 2016 at 6:00pm, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming#. To learn more about VSA, visit www.kennedy-center.org/IYS.