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Sycamore Student Receives Prestigious Orchestra Award

Adrian oliver A Sycamore High School senior has just received a prestigious award from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

17-year-old Adrian Oliver was one of four recipients of the 2017 Norman E. Johns Chair Award, which is given annually to support African-American, Latino, and Native American students in their pursuit of music. The merit-based award covers the cost of tuition in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Oliver is the principal bassoonist in the Sycamore Winds and plays in the drumline with the high school marching band. Additionally, Oliver has received numerous awards including District Honor Bands, University Honor Bands, and Superior Rating in the Ohio Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events most difficult classifications.

Students must first audition for and be accepted into the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, then audition for another panel of judges, which includes Norman E. Johns,  for consideration for the award. In addition to this prestigious award, recipients will be acknowledged at a special post-concert reception featuring Gregory Porter on Sunday, November 19.

In 1995, a young clarinetist named Kazem Abdullah became the first recipient of the Norman E. Johns Chair Award. This award was established in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) and in recognition of Mr. Johns’ over 40 years of service as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal cellist.