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William Floyd High School Violist Wins Prestigious SCMEA-Usdan Music Scholarship

William Floyd High School violist Iliana Baracenas, was selected as the recipient of the Suffolk County Music Educators Association competitive Robert Padgett Scholarship.

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Iliana Barcenas is pictured with her orchestra teacher, Christopher Shaughnessy.

Mastic Beach, NY - April 5th, 2016 - William Floyd High School violist Iliana Barcenas, was selected as the recipient of the Suffolk County Music Educators Association competitive Robert Padgett Scholarship to study for seven weeks during the summer at the prestigious Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Huntington, NY.

Iliana, a sophomore, studies under orchestra teacher Christopher Shaughnessy who described her as a talented, hardworking student who is consistent in her application. “She has a promising future,” he said.

The Usdan Center, a not-for-profit summer arts camp, is now in its 48th season and enrolls 1,600 students in more than 40 different programs of study, including orchestra.

Usdan alumni include actors Natalie Portman and Lisa Gay Hamilton, singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey, Tony-Award winning playwright Michele Lowe, Grammy-Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra conductor Adam Glaser, and members of major American orchestras, dance and theater companies.