In June, Lancaster Opera House Artistic/Executive Director David Bondrow presented the 2016 L. Alma McNutt Performing Arts Scholarship award to percussionist Sofia Carbonara.
Sofia, a graduate of Amherst High School, studies with Dinesh Joseph and Matthew Bassett, both of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently she has been the principal percussionist of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and played timpani in the NYSSMA Conference All-State Wind Ensemble. Sofia's goal is to become an orchestral timpanist or percussionist, and she will pursue her studies at the University of Michigan in the fall.
L. Alma McNutt was a founding member of the Lancaster Opera House and was instrumental in spearheading the restoration of the building. She was dedicated to promoting local talent within the field of the performing arts. In her name, the Lancaster Opera House presents an annual Performing Arts Scholarship incentive of $1000 to a deserving Western New York high school student to further his/her talent.