Riverside-Brookfield High School sophomore student Noah Briones was recently chosen by audition to be part of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI), a new training program for talented student musicians from across Chicagoland.
Noah, a 16-year-old violinist, is one of 50 students selected for the inaugural class of CMPI.
Each student musician receives an annual scholarship to continue their music education, including access to a network of private instructors, ensembles and summer music programs and costs toward the purchase of high-quality instruments.
The aim for each CMPI fellow is acceptance into top-tier conservatory, college or university classical music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians.
CMPI is a multi-organization collaborative effort established last fall with a $3.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative's goal is to increase diversity in the classical music field and is co-led by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Merit School of Music.
Currently a member of the RBHS Chamber Orchestra, Noah has been playing violin since he was 6 years old. In November, he'll be representing RBHS as a violinist in the Illinois Music Education Association's District 1 Festival Orchestra, a collection of top high school musicians.