Shirley Givens Memorial Fund2019-01-25T22:40:44+00:00

Shirley Givens

1930-2018

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The Shirley Givens Memorial Fellowship

The Shirley Givens Memorial Fellowship is awarded annually to a talented young artist for their participation in the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

In Memoriam

Shirley Givens was the beloved violinist, teacher, and long-time faculty member of the Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, and Mannes School of Music.

Givens had a special affection for Puerto Rico, whose wonderful cultural heritage she experienced during her two visits to the Island with her husband, cellist Harry Wimmer.

Invited to present master classes in 1991 to the members of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas as part of the Festival Casals, they also performed in a trio recital with the Chancellor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory, the pianist Samuel Pérez.

Returning two years later, they were honored to play a chamber music concert at Sala Casals, Don Pablo’s last home in the hills outside San Juan. Also joining them was Givens’ long-time Puerto Rican student Christian Colberg, who has since become Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The family of Shirley Givens is honored to have this Fellowship established in her name to support classical music education in Puerto Rico.

2019 Shirley Givens Fellow

Paula Lastra Shirley Givens Fellowship award winner

Paula Lastra, Violin
Student of the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Paula Lastra, an 18-year-old violinist from Puerto Rico, is the recipient of the Shirley Givens Memorial Fellowship for the 2019 Festival. Currently studying at the Conservatoria de Música de Puerto Rico, she began studying violin at the age three. She is a Symphonic Experience Prize Winner and made her solo debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.

2018 Shirley Givens Fellow

Javier Torres, Violin
Student of the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

“It is a great honor to have been selected to participate in the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico Festival as a Shirley Givens Memorial Fellow.  This is an experience that will help me to succeed in my future and I could not have done this without your help.  I am grateful to Mr. Wimmer and to his family and friends for their great support.” -Javier Torres

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Many thanks to our supporters of the endowed scholarship fund:

Shirley Givens Memorial Fellowship

Susan Ashby

Michael Avsharian

John Chan & Fan Jian in honor of So-Yin Hui and Cheung-Ching Chan

Francis Elliott

Susan Feiner

Helen Friedman

Bang Hee Lee

Reiko Hillyer

Katherine Kallick

Paul Kantor

Amy Little

Nicholas Mann

Nancy Mann

Shelley Mitnick

Krishnan Mody

Elizabeth Mooney

Rorianne Schrade

Jane Stewart

Michael Stewart

Anton Swensen Jr.

Elena Tsvetkova

Thomas Whitman

Harry Wimmer

Tiana Wimmer

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