Claire will attend Gustavus Adolphus College and plans to study Mathematics. She was awarded the Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship, Gustavus Music Award, Norgard Memorial Scholarship, President's Scholarship, Gustavus Merit Scholarship, and Robert A. Peterson Family Scholarship. She says "MYS has been an amazing opportunity to play in a high-level ensemble of people who share a passion for music. I have been honored to play under five extraordinary conductors: Jim Bartsch, Manny Laureano, Dr. Ruth Lin, Nicholas Ellison, and Bill Eddins. From the plastic dinosaurs Mr. Bartch bought us to put on our stands for Philharmonic's performance of Jurassic Park music, to Manny's painstaking coaching on how to pronounce Spanish words for a Cuban piece that included speaking, stomping and clapping, to Mr. Eddins switching between four different languages as he conducted and making Lord of the Rings references at every turn, I cannot count the treasured memories I have made during my time at MYS. I remember stressing over my first MYS audition and collapsing with relief when it was over. I remember gasping when I first saw the interior of Orchestra Hall, where we played my first Spring concert. I remember waking up to Manny playing the trumpet on my first Symphony retreat. MYS has challenged me to grow as a musician. I have made friends, I have learned so much, and I have solidified a deep love for music that I will carry with me even though my journey with MYS is done." Congratulations and good luck, Claire!