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Daniel Hernandez and Jocelin Pan

Daniel Hernandez (top image) and Jocelin Pan

The Juilliard School received a generous gift from the Estate of Dorothy Lyon, to permanently endow the Alfred E. and Dorothy Lyon Scholarship, which is now making a Juilliard education possible for talented young artists. Dorothy Lyon moved from Bermuda to the United States in 1937, wed Alfred E. Lyon, former President and Chairman of Philip Morris and enjoyed traveling, gardening and volunteering. She had a deep appreciation for the arts and was a generous contributor to various charities. The Juilliard School is tremendously grateful that this scholarship will continue on in their honor. This year's fortunate and grateful recipients of the Alfred E. and Dorothy Lyon Scholarship are actor, Daniel Hernandez and violist, Jocelin Pan.

Born in Miami, Florida to parents of Cuban heritage, Daniel Hernandez received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. After graduating he spent two years in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career. Longing for more intense artistic training, he applied and was accepted to Juilliard. He is now finishing his fourth year and will graduate in May. He has participated in numerous outreach programs while at Juilliard, including the Rayos de Canción, a student-run outreach program in Guatemala. He has also taught in programs in New Orleans, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; Ephraim, Utah; and Miami, Florida. Some of his favorite roles include the Duke in Measure for Measure, Alan Strang in Equus, Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, and Cody Brown in Trust.

Violist Jocelin Pan began her musical studies at the age of five in her hometown of Leawood, Kansas. Jocelin is currently pursuing her master's degree, studying with Heidi Castleman and Robert Vernon. She received her bachelor's degree from Juilliard in 2012, under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. Jocelin is a co-principal of The Juilliard Orchestra, and was principal violist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. She has attended the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School, New York String Orchestra Seminar, ENCORE School for Strings, and International Academy of Music (Italy). Jocelin has appeared as soloist with both the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra and was named runner-up in Juilliard's 2010 Viola Concerto Competition. She recently performed with the Pisticci Trio at the Juilliard in Aiken Festival. In addition to performing, Jocelin loves teaching for the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard and adores her students.

Daniel and Jocelin are just two of hundreds of Juilliard students who are receiving scholarship support with the help of generous benefactors like Dorothy Lyon. If you would like more information about establishing a scholarship through your will or about other ways to leave an enduring legacy for young artists at The Juilliard School, please contact Lori Padua at (212) 799-5000, ext. 7152 or A gift to Juilliard through a will or trust can make a real and lasting difference for generations of students.