One of the finest year-end traditions at YMM is to recognize the incredible work and effort of our graduating seniors, volunteers, teachers, and alumni. There are so many people who volunteer, working quietly behind the scenes to keep YMMC moving forward and assisting our students in so many ways.
We salute Patricia Morgan, our Volunteer of the Year, who drives students from King City to rehearsals and back home each week. This year's Teacher of the Year is Sarah Wadsworth, music teacher at Carmel M.S., who runs a great program and is devoted to her students and their learning. Our Alumna of the Year Award goes to Kelly Wong, who designed and maintains the new YMMC website. She says:
YMMC has invariably been a major source of emotional reprieve, human connection, and lifelong friendships for me and my fellow musicians. When I joined YMMC, I never expected to also be joining a tightly-knit family of musicians from all walks of life. From trading laughs with the brass section, to sprinting home last-minute for forgotten black concert socks with some violinists, to letting dinner go cold and sharing stories till dawn with people I now consider my best friends, I cherish every relationship I’ve forged in these orchestras.
When I look back at my adventures within the concert halls, it’s not the standing ovations I remember, and it’s not the bad notes that stick. It’s the experiences I’ve amassed and the people I’ve loved. It’s the arresting notion that, maybe, something more beautiful about ourselves emerges in our wake.
Though its members come and go with the years, I dearly love this organization and its indefatigable spirit of community, and I’m incredibly lucky to continue to be a part of it as it enters a new era.
The Ruth Philips Fenton Founder's Award
Lance Yang Bauer
The Pam and Chuck McGowin Award
The Adel and Adelya Award
Class of 2020 Seniors
Farewell and congratulations to our Class of 2020! We're honored to have played with you and wish you well in your coming journey. Here's what some of them will be up to in the fall: