April 14, 2020

MSM alumna Yvette Keong (BM ’19) is named a 2020 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow

MSM voice alumna Yvette Keong (BM ’19) is the recipient of a prestigious $90,000 graduate school fellowship from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, awarded to outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.

Originally from Australia, Yvette is one of just 30 individuals selected from a pool of 2,111 applicants from across the country, selected for their drive, creativity, intellectual spirit, and their commitment to the values at the heart of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Yvette has been recognized as a “soaring soprano” by Opera News and as “one of the most exciting songstresses in the world” by Cut Common Magazine. She has performed at notable concert halls including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and David Geffen Hall.

Yvette performing at Manhattan School of Music in Greenfield Hall

At Manhattan School of Music, Yvette completed her undergraduate degree in classical voice at in May 2019, where she received the Hugh Ross Commencement Award for an outstanding singer of unusual promise, and was named to the Dean’s List of Excellence for the entirety of her degree. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music at The Juilliard School.

“Yvette joins the dynamic community of Paul & Daisy Soros, which includes individuals such as former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; California Surgeon General Nadine Burke-Harris; Stanford AI leader Fei-Fei Li; Lieutenant Governor of Washington Cyrus Habib; composer Paola Prestini; computational biologist Pardis Sabeti; award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang, and more than 650 other New American leaders,” says Craig Harwood, Director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

The application for the 2021 Fellowship is now open and due on October 29, 2020. Full eligibility requirements can be found here