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Kayoko Dan Conducting Scholarship

Each season, one student receives the opportunity to learn score study techniques, orchestra operations, management and leadership skills, and rehearsal techniques under the direction of CSO Music Director Kayoko Dan.

Scholarship Recipients Receive:

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Seven lessons with CSO Music Director Dan during the 2018/19 season
  • Access to CSO rehearsals conducted by Dan and by other conductors (with their permission)
  • One ticket to all Masterworks and Chamber Series concerts during the 2018/19 season


2018/19 Recipient, Jeron Burney

Jeron Burney is a senior vocal music education major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As a first-generation college student he has proven to be a walking success story; achieving his dreams even as life has thrown many curveballs. An alumnus of the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, Jeron is classically trained in voice and piano, and has become an accomplished tenor. His collegiate career has recently led him to the discovery of his countertenor voice, and he also enjoys performing in other genres such as jazz, pop and R&B. He has had the opportunity to work with acclaimed faculty artists at the Si parla, Si canta! summer opera program, where he also studied the Italian language. Jeron is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and has been active in numerous local choral groups. He hopes to continue his academic studies to earn a doctorate in choral conducting, and aspires to travel the world as an opera performer. Influential teachers include Dr. Roland Carter, Ms. Neshawn Calloway, Dr. Jonathan McNair, and Dr. Kevin Ford.