The Beverly and Patrick Fetter Award recognizes graduating members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra who have worked diligently to make the orchestra a premier institution. The GIYO Board of Directors presented the 2023 Beverly and Patrick Fetter Awards to four graduating seniors who have done just that.
Congratulations to Fetter Award winners: Lily Kate Akins, Taylor Buffington, Nathan Caldwell, and Aiden Cromwell for their college scholarships. All are either in college or are playing their instrument with the military!
In addition to a certificate of recognition, these outstanding musicians received $6000 in total scholarships. Several intend to continue playing music as they pursue their higher education.
Back R-L: Nathan Caldwell, Marquavious Stanley, Ivan Barr, Aiden Cromwell
Middle R-L: Alex Kaercher, Maestro Peña, Lily Kate Akins
Front R-L: Shania Williams, Taylor Buffington
When the youth orchestra was first formed, Beverly Stewart Fetter stepped forth as one of its first volunteers. Beverly served willingly in almost every official and unofficial role that it took to make the organization a successful one. To honor Beverly and her husband, Patrick, the GIYO board created the annual Fetter Award which is given to one or more graduating seniors who have contributed the most to the success of the youth orchestra.