Stamps Ensembles Scholars

  1. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen

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    Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen also performs in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other major ensembles. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen has performed in both the United States and his hometown, Oslo, Norway. He won the Oslo and Akershus championship for soloists four times and placed first in the Norwegian Youth Music Championship. He has played as a soloist at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, the Oslo Jazz Festival and the Bergen International Festival. He has been a soloist in Sweden, England, Germany and China and with ensembles/orchestras such as Ytre Suløens jazz ensemble, Nordic Brass Ensemble (2 times) and His Majesty the King's Guard (4 times). He has performed in master classes in Sweden, England, Germany and China. He was a member of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra in 2011, Großes Europäisches Blechbläserensemble in 2010 and Die Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie (in Berlin, Germany). He performed previously with the Norwegian Youth Symphonic Orchestra (NUSO) and the Norwegian Children Symphonic Orchestra (NBSO).

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  2. Marcelo Bourque Perez

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    Marcelo Bourque Perez, drums, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studies drum privately with Steve Rucker and John Yarling. Marcelo has received a total of 12 soloist awards from the festivals in which he has participated, including a 2011 Berkeley Mayoral Award for his achievements in performing arts. Most recently he was selected as a finalist for the National Young Arts Foundation in 2013, where he was flown to Miami to perform with the top two percent of applicants for the program. Marcelo has worked with numerous bands at the Berkeley High School Jazzschool including the Monday Night Studio Band and the Advanced High School Jazz Workshop. His ensembles have received three Downbeat awards, and many other award including first place Conglomerate Combo in the Mingus Festival, first place High School Combo at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and first place High School Combo at the Reno Jazz Festival.

    Instrument: Drums

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  3. Bob Bruya

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    Bob Bruya, bass, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studies bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron. Hailing from the fantastic music scene of Ellensburg, Washington, Bob received honors throughout his schooling for his musical accomplishments, from being named Principal Bass of the Washington All-State Youth Orchestra when he was in eighth grade to being selected as the Grammy Jazz Session Big Band (Grammy Band) bassist his senior year. Bob has studied privately with Jon Hamar and Kara Hunnicutt.

    Instrument: Bass

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  4. Samuel Exline

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    Sam Exline, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. The Stamps Brass Quintet is in its freshman year, and is working on standard brass quintet literature as well as new works, and will perform together over the next four years at numerous concerts and venues. Born and raised in Meridian, Idaho, near Boise, Sam Exline participated in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for 5 years, played in the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in the summer of his high school sophomore year, was principal trumpet of the All-Northwest Orchestra, principal trumpet of the MENC National Music Conference Orchestra and principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in his junior year. He began playing trumpet in the middle of first grade, and even then aspired to become a professional trumpet player. In recent years, he has focused more specifically on becoming an orchestral trumpet player. In addition to his musical activities, he is also interested in academics in general and graduated with a 4.0 GPA from high school and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  5. Jacques Gadway

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    Jacques Gadway, violin, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh. He studies privately with Frost faculty violin artist Scott Flavin. Gadway graduated from Coral Reef Senior High in Miami, Florida where he was the concertmaster of both the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He was also concertmaster of the String Orchestra of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, a member of the Young Musicians’ Orchestra of Coral Gables Congregational Church, and concertmaster of Miami Strings Project. He performed in numerous All-State Orchestras beginning in the seventh grade and in 11th grade, was selected as concertmaster of the Florida All-State 11th and 12th Grade Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was awarded full scholarships to summer programs such as the Young Musicians Camp at the University of Miami; the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the four-week National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (NSO-SMI) at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Jacques Gadway started violin at age four while living in Southern Illinois and later relocated to Homestead, Florida. In his free time, Jacques likes to improvise on both violin and piano, play basketball and tennis with his friends and brothers, and compose music.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  6. Sam Hart

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    Sam Hart, alto saxophone, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. A high achiever both academically and musically, he is currently studying saxophone privately with Dale Underwood and Gary Keller. During the summer of 2013, Sam toured the northeast and Canada with The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano. He was the 2013 finalist for YoungArts and one of seven jazz musicians chosen from out of 10,000 national applicants to participate in performances, master classes and various events in the Miami area. In May 2013 he performed in a collaborative event produced and directed by Mikhail Baryshnikov through YoungArts NY and has been a member of the High School Grammy Jazz Band for two years.

    Instrument: Saxophone

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  7. Sarah Huesman

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    Sarah Huesman, cello, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh; she also studies privately with Harbaugh. Sarah Huesman is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school freshman. While at UNC School of the Arts, Huesman was a member of the Jia String Quartet, semi-finalist at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, and studied with faculty artist Brooks Whitehouse. She began studying cello at the age of 6 with Worth Williams, and also studied with cellist Anne Sellitti. She earned accolades in a number of music competitions while in high school including 1st Place in the 2012 Psi Phi Regional Talent Search; 1st Place in the 2013 Music Academy of North Carolina String Competition; 1st Place in the Junior Division of the 2014 NC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA); and 3rd Place in the 2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. Huesman’s summer studies and festival experiences have included participation in the Brevard Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. She also attended the International Music Festival of the Adriatic (IMFA) in Duino, Italy.

    Instrument: Cello

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  8. Thomas Johnson

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    Thomas Johnson, violin, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh. Johnson studies privately with Frost faculty violinist Scott Flavin. Hailing from Florissant, Missouri in the greater St. Louis area, Thomas Johnson began his musical studies on the guitar at age six. He then began studying violin at age 8 with Dawn Pennell. At age 12 he won a full scholarship for the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp from the Alton Youth Symphony. He also performed a solo work with the youth orchestra in front of a live audience. From age 14, he worked with teacher Yuly Ilyashov and began participating in nearby Webster University's Preparatory Program, designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string and other instrumental students. He continued his work with the Webster Prep Program until his High School graduation. Johnson also performed in the St. Louis Youth Orchestra for three years. Thomas Johnson’s career goals are to attend graduate school, and ultimately play violin in a professional string quartet.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  9. Aidan Lombard

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    Aidan Lombard, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Charles Bergeron. He studies trombone privately with Dante Luciani. Aidan has played in some of Chicago’s most prestigious Jazz venues including the Congress Theater and Joe and Wayne Segal’s legendary Jazz Showcase. He has been recognized on a national level as an outstanding musician and was chosen as one of only two trumpeters to participate in the Vail Jazz Workshop, where he studied with some of the most recognized professional jazz musicians in the world, including the legendary trumpeter Terell Stafford. He has played with several of the country’s best trumpeters and educators including Derrick Gardner, trumpeter in the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra, and Clay Jenkins, trumpeter in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and professor of Jazz trumpet at Eastman School of Music.

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  10. Julia Paine

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    Julia Paine, bassoon, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies privately with Luciano Magnanini. Originally from Chicago, she participated as the principal bassoonist in a local youth symphony orchestra with Midwest Young Artists for three years. In addition, she participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association for three years making it to both All-State and Honors Orchestras. She was also the principal bassoonist in New Trier High School’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This past year, Julia participated in a bassoon, clarinet, oboe trio called No Strings Attached. With the trio, she won the Winds and Other Instruments Category in the 2012 Discover National Chamber Music Competition, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist in the 2012 Society of American Musicians Competition, and participated in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

    Instrument: Bassoon

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  11. Larysa Pavelek

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    Larysa Pavelek, French horn, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Larysa also performs in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and other major ensembles at the Frost School. As a member of, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she has performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Larysa Pavelek was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She graduated as valedictorian of West Salem High School in June 2011 and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has played the piano for 13 years and the French horn for 8 years. She was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Oregon State Champion Wind Ensembles. Throughout high school, she participated in other music ensembles such as Symphony, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Pep Band, and was a piano accompanist in the Choir program. Outside of her music activities, she enjoys hiking, reading, running, watching sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  12. Joshua Schwartz

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    Joshua Schwartz, French horn, is majoring in Musicology at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty member Sam Pilafian. He studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Originally from Weston, Florida he was principal horn of the Florida Youth Orchestra (2007-2012), Greater Miami Youth Symphony (2009-2011), Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra (2011), and the Cypress Bay High School Wind Ensemble (2009-2012). A recipient of a plethora of awards and accolades, Josh Schwartz has performed as a featured soloist with the New World Symphony (2011), was a member of the Florida All-State Band from 7th-12th grade, has participated in numerous Honors and All-County Bands. He regularly attends the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington where he has studied with Dale Clevenger, Alice Render, and Heidi Kepper. His former teachers have included Alexander Kienle, Myrna Meeroff, and his father, Gary Schwartz. A multi-faceted student, Josh Schwartz excels academically. He earned the maximum score of 5 on many AP exams such as Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Biology, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics, and graduated in the top 5% of his class.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  13. Quinn Sengupta

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    Quinn Sengupta, piano, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Charles Bergeron. He studies privately with Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano and Daniel Strange. Quinn placed first in the All-state honors jazz combo two years in a row at the Illinois All-State Jazz festival, and was named an Outstanding Soloist at the Evanston jazz festival four years running. In 2012, he attended the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, a highly selective summer jazz program in which only 18 students are chosen nationwide. Quinn was a 2013 Young Arts Foundation award winner, and received the Quincy Jones Award for contributions and creativity in multiple areas of music. He was a three-year member of the top Interlochen Arts Camp High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo and was a 2012 Interlochen Fine Arts Award recipient. He was worked with Bob Cranshaw, Rodney Whittaker, Peter Erskine, Ron Blake, Randy Brecker, Montez Coleman and Stephan Harris.

    Instrument: Piano

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  14. Spencer Stromquist

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    Spencer Stromquist, clarinet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He studies privately with Margaret Donaghue and has participated in master classes with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Spencer Stromquist performs in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other ensembles at Frost. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, he has performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and also at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Stromquist has been playing music since a very young age, first piano, then switching to the clarinet at the age of 13. He attended H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, and marched in the Plant’s Golden Panter Regiment and was clarinet section leader for three of his four years in the and the band captain for his senior year. Spencer made the Florida All-State Band in his junior and senior years. Throughout High School, he participated in Tampa’s Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, serving as principal clarinet for two years. In 2011, he was also principal clarinet in the Honor Band of America in Indianapolis.

    Instrument: Clarinet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  15. Becky Taylor

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    Becky Taylor, flute, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies privately with Trudy Kane, who was principal flute for 32 years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Taylor performs in the Frost Symphonic Winds, where she has also appeared as a soloist, and the Frost Flute Ensemble and other chamber groups at the Frost School of Music. Since arriving at Frost, she has participated in a steady stream of master classes with flutists Jim Walker, Mary Karen Clardy and more, and received coaching from Joshua Smith, principal flutist of The Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she performed at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program and establishing a relationship with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. Becky graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. She studied at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) since fifth grade.

    Instrument: Flute

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  16. David Taylor

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    David Taylor, oboe, is majoring in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He also studies privately with Robert Weiner. David Taylor performs in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Wind Ensemble at the Frost School of Music. In its debut year, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet performed at numerous venues in South Florida, including Festival Miami 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. The National Band Association named David Taylor an Outstanding Musician. Originally from Miramar, Florida, Taylor attended the American Heritage High School. His solo work with the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo & Ensemble was rated “superior” three times at both the country and state level. David Taylor was also a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for five years and performed in the All-County High School Honors Band and All-Country Gold Orchestra.

    Instrument: Oboe

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  17. Stephen Huber Weber

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    Stephen Huber Weber, viola, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by faculty mentor Professor Ross Harbaugh. He studies viola privately with Professor Pamela McConnell. Stephen Huber Weber hails from Geneva, Florida and was very active performing in the state throughout his youth. He studied both viola and violin with Alvaro Gomez for six years. He participated in youth orchestras for 8 years; held the position of principal violist of the Florida Young Artists Orchestra for 2 years; and was a member of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy for five years, including three years as the principal violist. He was also principal violist of the 2014 All State Junior Senior Orchestra. Weber has won a number of music competitions including the 2013 Orfeo International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Frost School of Music Viola Day 2014 Competition, the Lake District Federation Concerto Competition, and the Florida Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition. He recently performed as a soloist with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra. Outside of music, Stephen enjoys competitive fencing and attended the 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympics.

    Instrument: Viola

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  18. Aiden Zimmermann

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    James Aidan Zimmermann, tuba, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He also studies the tuba and euphonium privately with Sam Pilafian. Aidan Zimmerman also performs in other major ensembles of the Frost School of Music and looks forward to concertizing with the Stamps Brass Quintet over the next four years. Born in Amarillo, Texas and raised in Houston, Zimmerman performed in the Texas All-State and was a finalist for the Houston Young Artist competition. He was accepted into the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, played at the American Festival for the Arts, and performed with the Houston Youth Symphony. He studied tuba with Jason Harvey for all four years of high school. He attended The Woodlands High School where he participated in music as well as sports activities such as running track and field and basketball. A twin, he was active in community service, and academic clubs, most notably a championship robotic club. He graduated in the top 5% of his class with many AP classes. Zimmerman started his music career on trumpet in 6th grade, and then switched to tuba in his first year of high school, which is when he decided to devote his life to being a musician.

    Instrument: Tuba

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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Stamps Ensembles Scholars