Class Act: Sophie wins scholarship

Class Act: Sophie wins scholarship

By Éadaoin Ní Flaithearta

ARathfarnham teenager beat off stiff competition from over 80 teenagers to be named the winner of a  Mezzo Music Academy scholarship worth over €1,000.

Sophie Dempsey, 13, will be taking voice lessons with the Terenure-based music academy, as Sonya Murphy-Lyons, the school’s owner, said that the teenager’s natural talent and enthusiasm made her an ideal scholarship winner.

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Competition winner Sophie Dempsey

Sonya said: “We are very excited to welcome Sophie Dempsey to our school community and are delighted to support the development of her aptitude and love for music.

“Music is a great stress-buster, which is invigorating and enjoyable, and we look forward to supporting Sophie as she explores her unique talent.”

Sophie will receive a full academic year of private tuition, valued at over €1,000, and she will take lessons online while Level 5 restrictions are still in place. The lessons will be face-to-face when the school can open again.

The teenager was one of over 80 young people who applied for the scholarship, which required the applicants to send a short video saying why they deserved to win it.

Such was the calibre of the entries, the school owner also selected a runner up, Curtis Nolan, who is also 13 and from Greenhills.

Curtis was awarded a voucher for eight music lessons, valued at over €200. He will be learning to play the electric guitar, having recently saved up to buy his own guitar.

Mezzo Music Academy has over 500 students and 30 teachers and it teaches all instruments, from acoustic guitar and saxophone to violin and piano, as well as voice training, choirs, performing arts, jam sessions and music exploration programmes for young children.

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