Draylen Mason Memorial Scholarship
It is with immeasurable sadness that we mourn the loss of SYS Summer Chamber Music Workshop alum, Draylen Mason. He was an exceptionally talented bass player and an amazing human being. Draylen's life was tragically cut short on Monday, March 12th, 2018, when a pipe bomb disguised as a package exploded in his East Austin, Texas home, killing Draylen and seriously injuring his mother.
Seventeen year-old Draylen was hard worker with an infectious smile that lit up a room. He performed with Austin Soundwaves, Austin Youth Orchestra, the UT String Project, the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Workshop and at Interlochen. He had recently learned that he had been accepted to the University of North Texas music school to study bass performance.
A scholarship in Draylen’s name has been established to help support students from Austin Sound Waves as we welcome them to our Summer Chamber Music Workshop in the future.
If you're interested in helping the family directly, here's a link to the family-sanctioned memorial fund: