Local flutist wins symphony scholarship

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ackmermann-Moss Olivia Renico (left), Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Scholarship Award winner, receives her award from Friends' President Carla O’Neill.

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ackmermann-Moss
Olivia Renico (left), Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Scholarship Award winner, receives her award from Friends’ President Carla O’Neill.


DEARBORN — Dearborn flutist Olivia Renico was awarded the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Scholarship during the intermission of the symphony’s concert Nov. 14.

Renico, 15, and is home schooled, has been studying the flute for six years. She has been a member of the Dearborn Youth Symphony for four years.

“I started playing flute when I was 9,” Renico said. “Music has been one of my passions for many years. It is something that can inspire anyone in almost anything they do, and I have a strong desire to continue as a musician, because maybe one day I can be an inspiration to people as well.”

Carla O’Neill, president of Friends of the Dearborn Symphony, presented Renico with the $500 scholarship.

“It is an honor just to play in front of people, let alone get a scholarship for doing so,” Renico said. “Your generosity will not be forgotten, or put to waste.”

“It is the generous continuing support of the Endowment Fund made possible by the Dearborn Orchestral Society, several local service clubs and individual contributors that makes the musical scholarship possible,” said Margaret Schaefer, vice president of Education and Community Outreach for the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony.