“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” – Aretha Franklin

2023 Wilshire Quinn
Musical Arts Scholarship

We would like to thank all of our applicants for their submissions to this year’s musical arts scholarship. We were truly impressed by the talent and skill you all possess. It was an absolute honor to get a glimpse of the passion that lives within you all!

After careful review and consideration, we are proud to announce Sanjana Dhanasekaran as the recipient of the 2023 Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship. Sanjana is an accomplished pianist from the Greater Toronto Area and will be entering her second year at Missouri State University as a piano performance major.

Sanjana began studying piano in the first grade, and by the age of 13, started to recognize piano was her talent, a gift she could offer the world. Throughout high school, Sanjana played a dual role as both member and leader of her school’s Tri-M Honor Society chapter, in which she helped orchestrate concerts across the Toronto area to various nursing homes, fundraising galas, and schools.

She also dedicated her time to the classical music division of the Back to Bach Project, an initiative focused on making arts education more accessible to young students. This commitment to community involvement reflects the strong character she possesses. Her talents also stand out as a testament to her dedication, having earned achievements at the Ottawa Chamberfest Music Festival, Ottawa Concerto Competition, and Canadian Music Competition.

Ms. Dhanasekaran draws inspiration from Canadian classical pianist, Glenn Gould, and the storytelling capabilities of singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse, and her ability to blend musical genres, including soul and blues.

“We are truly touched by the artistry, emotion, and passion that Sanjana exhibits through the piano. This sentiment was instantly observed in her video submission, where her emotions matched every masterful keystroke,” remarked Christopher M. Garcia, CEO of Wilshire Quinn Capital. He further added, “Sanjana encapsulates the remarkable talent and character that we seek in all our annual scholarship winners.”

On behalf of everyone at Wilshire Quinn Capital, we congratulate Ms. Sanjana Dhanasekaran and thank all of our applicants for their unique narratives and skilled video submissions. We look forward to reviewing applications for next year’s scholarship.

Christopher M. Garcia

Musical Arts Scholarship

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