COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra is proud to name Nathan Francisco as the newest recipient of the True North Advisors – Raymond James Scholarship.
Since 2011, the ETSO has partnered with Jim Coltrin and True North Advisors – Raymond James to present the annual $1,000 scholarship to talented young musicians at the high school or college level who are pursuing academic goals at the university of their choice. Consideration is given to those who carry the spirit of the organization, those in financial need and those pursuing music as a profession.
Born into a musical family, Nathan grew up with an intense love for music. At just age 3, he started cello studies and has since worked with a host of wonderful music teachers, including Carol Tarr and Wesley Baldwin. Nathan has been an active part of the ETSO community for years, starting out as a last-minute percussionist before graduating to the strings section of the orchestra. In 2017, he was asked to serve as the principal cellist and has chaired the section ever since.
Receiving this scholarship helped open doors for Nathan to attend Bard College Conservatory this fall where he will continue his cello studies under the tutelage of Peter Wiley.
Mathew Miller, executive director of the ETSO, says, “Our organization is proud to continue its tradition in awarding this annual scholarship to deserving students within the symphony, it is made possible by generous community and corporate partnerships like this particular philanthropic grant given by Jim Coltrin and True North Advisors – Raymond James. Jim and his company have been gracious partners with the ETSO for more than a decade.”
Click here to read more about the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra’s legacy of scholarship recipients. Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Mathew Miller at (423) 580-4999.