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Graduate Student Awarded Fellowship to Work with Underprivileged Youth

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School of Music graduate student Avi Mehta, who is pursuing a master’s degree in conducting, has been awarded an Abreu Fellowship by the New England Conservatory through El Sistema USA. The fellowship trains passionate and gifted musicians who are committed to social change through music education. The two-year program targets underprivileged youth throughout the United States and includes a two-month residency in Venezuela. Penn State School of Music graduate alumnus Erik Holmgren is education director of the Abreu Fellows Program. For more on El Sistema USA, visit