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Jeffrey Dan Sollender | Concertmaster Chair

Endowed Merit Scholarship

Dotti and Joel Sollender met in New York City in 1957 and built their life together providing their sons, Jeffrey and Jonathan, with culture, adventure and love. Jeffrey’s tragic passing in December 2002 at the age of 42 left a hole in the world around him. For Dotti and Joel, their mourning became a commitment to carrying on Jeffrey’s legacy of building the future. We are honored that they found in the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory the perfect home for honoring their son.

When they decided to endow the Concertmaster Chair in Jeffrey’s name, Dotti and Joel saw Jeffrey’s legacy alive before them. They recognized the combination of excellence and independence that Jeffrey exemplified throughout his life in this important orchestral position. They also saw in the Youth Symphony the promise for a future that Jeffrey worked to create for the benefit of everyone.


Recipients of the Jeffrey Dan Sollender Concertmaster Chair Scholarship:

Lea Parseghian - 2021Carolyn Lee – 2011
Susan Lee - 2020Corrie Bunnell – 2010
Susan Lee - 2019Corrie Bunnell – 2009
Song (Amy) Lee - 2018Andy Leu – 2008
Erica Hwang – 2017Michael Shen – 2007
Erica Hwang & Daniel Rim – 2016Miren Edelstein – 2006
Sofia Hashemi-Asasi – 2015Michael Viscardi – 2005
Flora Li – 2014Lisa Kim – 2004
Jasmine Wang – 2013Sophia Arriga – 2003
Jarvis Chang – 2012

San Diego Youth Symphony