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BMI Foundation Awards 9th Annual Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship to CCNY Student

Posted in News on November 17, 2015
(back) BMI Foundation’s Antonella DiSaverio, Pat Cook, Rich Garza, Amanda Charnley, CCNY's Jonathan Pieslak, David F. Bills, CCNY's Shaugn O'Donnell and (front) Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship winners Jasmine Kok, Berta Moreno, and Winy Taveras.
(back) BMI Foundation’s Antonella DiSaverio, Pat Cook, Rich Garza, Amanda Charnley, CCNY's Jonathan Pieslak, David F. Bills, CCNY's Shaugn O'Donnell and (front) Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship winners Jasmine Kok, Berta Moreno, and Winy Taveras. Photo: Melissa Dispenza

Board members of the BMI Foundation (BMIF) recently hosted a luncheon at BMI’s NY office celebrating current and prior winners of the Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship, an award valued at one year’s tuition for City College of New York (CCNY) music students. Jazz saxophonist/composer Berta Moreno was chosen as the year’s recipient and honored alongside former winning composers Winy Taveras (2014) and Jasmine Kok (2013).

“Receiving the ninth annual Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship has been one of my most inspiring experiences since moving to NYC one year ago,” said Moreno. “The scholarship makes it possible for me to continue my studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance at CCNY, but what it really means to me is a chance to keep fighting for my dream of becoming the best jazz musician I can be and sharing the magic of this music with the world. This scholarship offers support, hope, and courage not only to me but also to the whole jazz community. It is extremely important for organizations like BMIF to support young people fighting to keep music alive.”

The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship was generously endowed in 2007 by BMI Foundation Board Member, retired BMI Assistant Vice President and Counsel, and CCNY alumna, Evelyn Buckstein. The program annually recognizes one or two gifted CCNY music students who aspire to careers as professional songwriters, composers, performers, and/or music educators. Congratulations, Berta!