Carmel Arts Council awards 2 scholarships

Two talented young performers were recently awarded scholarships in the Piano/instrumental Division of the Carmel Arts Council’s Young Performance Showcase at Piano Solutions in Carmel.

First Place went to Julie Puckett, a senior from Carmel High School. Julie has studied piano for nine years and has competed in several piano competitions. She has played trombone for seven years. She is first-chair trombonist for both the Carmel High School Wind Symphony 1 and Jazz Ensemble 1. Academically, she has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. She plans to go into engineering and design equipment for the medical field.

Second Place went to Benjamin Huang, a senior from Carmel High School. Benjamin has been offered an incentive scholarship to the IU Jacobs School of Music. He has also been awarded first places at 2012 DePauw University and the 2013 University of Indianapolis Piano Competitions. Benjamin is the principal cellist with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra and contributed to three consecutive state championships. Academically, he is an Advanced Placement scholar, with distinction: a National Merit commended scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans on majoring in piano and pre-law.

Carmel Arts Council continues to develop young talent throughout the community and is honored to have tremendous leadership that understands the vision for developing the arts through the eyes of our youth. Upcoming Young Performers Showcases and other events: For more information about upcoming Carmel Arts Council events – please visit –