Teen Pianist Wins Flying Musicians Scholarship


Justin Duval, a musician from San Jose, California, has been selected as the Flying Musicians Association’s (16th) recipient of the FMA Solo Scholarship. At Santa Clara County’s Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV), AeroDynamic Aviation in San Jose will start Justin’s flight training.


Justin’s musical prowess has given him a variety of chances, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Oakland California Temple of Sonatas and traditional Chinese music.


“Much like music, aviation has been a constant obsession of mine, as I aspire to be a commercial airline pilot,” Justin said.



For the prize, which helps young musicians go from having no experience to performing solos, the association received 87 nominations from high school music directors around the country. FMA includes training materials, online ground school, and about 15 hours of dual teaching. Additionally, the scholarship’s sponsors send various gifts to the recipient.


FMA executives stated that they established the scholarship program in order to “promote both areas of growth in our inspired and dedicated future leaders.” They note the similarities between the abilities required for flying and singing music.


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