The Cleveland Institute of Music has named guitarist Damian Goggans and cellist Evan Rowland-Seymour as the first two fellows in its full-scholarship Minority Artist Fellowship program for students in grades 7 through 9, launched in July. Goggans is a freshman at Cleveland School of the Arts who began studying guitar in October 2016, when the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society began a program at Citizens Leadership Academy, where Goggans attended middle school. Rowland-Seymour is an eighth grader at University School in Shaker Heights who has been playing cello since 2009, and began playing double bass in 2015. He has attended the Sphinx Performance Academy, a two-week summer intensive chamber-music program for young African American and Latino musicians, is a member of CIM’s Youth Orchestra Camerata and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Over the course of the year, the fellows will receive weekly one-on-one instruction from CIM Preparatory faculty members and participate in ensembles and music classes. They will present public performances, attend master classes and workshops, and, with their families, meet regularly with CIM student mentors and program leaders to set goals and share feedback.
Posted September 27, 2017