The scholarship was started in 1977 with the goal of supporting African American students at the Eastman School of Music. Saunders is the most recent recipient and there have been 35 total recipients throughout the scholarship’s history.
To mark the honor, Saunders will be performing in a virtual concert on Sunday, January 24 at 4 p.m. She’ll be joined by past scholarship recipient Julia Bullock, William Warfield High School Vocal Competition Winner Judah Taylor, scholarship fund president Thomas Warfield, and members of the Garth Fagan Dance Company.
There is a $10 minimum donation to watch the concert, and all proceeds will go back into the scholarship fund. Learn more about the program and purchase tickets by clicking here.