Orpheus Academy raised over $1,000 for the Javier Niño Memorial Scholarship Fund at our fall faculty concerts.
This scholarship honors the memory of Javi, a young man who’s drive, passion, and kindness brought joy into the lives of those who knew him.
Javi was a dedicated guitar student who led by example, and inspired those around him. Those who knew him said that Javi was a “positive force in this world” who helped peers “envision what [they] could accomplish in life.”
This scholarship benefits young musicians who seek to better their lives through higher education—an opportunity that Javi dreamed of, but never had a chance to realize. Recipients of the scholarship will receive weekly guitar lessons from a mentor of recognized excellence, will be eligible for a free instrument, and will have special performance opportunities throughout the school year.
We became aware of this special cause through Orpheus alum, and UT Music School student, Aaron B., who was good friends with Javi. Aaron’s mother, Diane S. (another Orpheus alum), helped set up the fund with Austin Classical Guitar. We are so happy to make a significant contribution to this fund and further our mission to change the lives of young people through music education.
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