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The Adjudication Committee for the Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship for Underrepresented Composers has announced that the inaugural scholarship is awarded to KiMani Bridges.

Bridges is a 2020 graduate of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and will be majoring in music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington in the fall.

The Lift Up Our Voices Adjudication Committee is comprised of a diverse group of world-renowned composers, conductors, and music educators, all of whom are committed to the mission of the scholarship: to increase the representation of female-identifying students and students of color in the field of music composition. The committee members include Kaitlin Bove, Carol Brittin Chambers, Rodney Dorsey, Jennifer Jolley, Yukiko Nishimura, David Samuel and Daniel Schmidt.

The committee was extremely impressed with KiMani’s application, her achievements in music thus far, and the maturity displayed in her compositions. Shares the committee: “KiMani’s musical accomplishments are exemplary, and Lift Up Our Voices is delighted to award her the inaugural scholarship. We eagerly anticipate the impact she will have on the musical world in the coming years!”

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