Scholarships & Competitions


Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Scholarship Application

The Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Young Musician’s Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to provide educational assistance to students who are  pursuing their interests in music through enrollment in either the Three Rivers  Young People’s Orchestra or the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony

Application Due Date: July 30, 2017

For more information and applications visit The Pittsburgh Foundation

Marie Maazel Orchestra Dues Scholarship Application

Scholarship assistance, based on financial need or merit, is available for membership dues. If you wish to apply, please download the Marie Maazel Membership Dues Scholarship Application form and submit it to the PYSO office no later than Monday, August 28th.


2017-18 PYSO Concerto and Solo Competition

For PYSO Members Only:
This year’s PYSO Concerto Competition will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Heinz Hall. Andrés Franco (PSO Associate Conductor and Music Director of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony) will judge the competition and Mr. Johnson will assist him.
The first place winner of PYSO’s Concerto Competition traditionally performs with PYSO in one of its Heinz Hall concerts. This year the first place winner will perform with PYSO in our winter concert on March 4, 2018 at Heinz Hall.
While practice rooms are available for warming up, there will not be any time for rehearsing in the audition room. There will be one practice room with a piano to rehearse with your accompanist. Priority for this audition room goes to the people next in line to audition.
Please note:

  1. The competition is open to all current PYSO members.
  2. You can audition on the instrument that you play in PYSO, or on other instrument(s) that you play, including piano.
  3. Memorization is required.
  4. Piano accompaniment is required.
  5. Indicate below whether your piece has movements or sections. You may not be able to perform the entire piece at the audition. Your audition piece should be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. If your piece is longer and comprised of movements, you should choose which part of the piece you would like to perform. Depending on the number of students auditioning, we may need to limit the length of time for each audition to ten minutes.
  6. Orchestral accompaniment parts must be available to purchase or rent.
  7. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to re-audition.
  8. We will make every attempt to accommodate your scheduling request, but cannot guarantee that all requests can be met. The sooner you fill out the online form back the better chance you have of getting your requested time.

2017-2018 Concerto and Solo Competition

Deadline: Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Woodwind Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters announces its 2018 Music Competition for young woodwinds musicians. The national competition first prize is $10,000 to be awarded in Chautauqua New York in May 27, 2018. Other cash prizes will also be awarded at that time. Contestants from seventeen NSAL chapters around the country will be participating.
The Pittsburgh Chapter is the only one in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through which contestants may compete. The competition will be held in Pittsburgh at CAPA High School for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The three cash prizes in Pittsburgh will be $2,500, $1,500 and $750.
The competition is open to young woodwinds musicians (oboe, clarinet, flute or bassoon) between the ages of 19 and 25 who live in or are attending schools in Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Competition Rules are very similar to the National Competition Rules and there will also be three highly respected judges and one alternate chosen from the Pittsburgh music community.

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Rules

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Requirements

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Adjudication

2018 NSAL Pittsburgh Chapter Application

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition 2018

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic invites applications from high school musicians performing on harp, strings, brass or woodwinds.
Applicants must be residents of Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington or Westmoreland Counties.

The Young Artist Competition Winner will be invited to perform with The Pittsburgh Philharmonic’s March 9th and 10th 2018 Concerts and will receive a $250 scholarship.

Rules, Policies and Application Form


The Pittsburgh Foundation



There are a number of student scholarships that are available through designated funds at The Pittsburgh Foundation. Many have very specific restrictions, others do not. Here is a link where you can find more information including deadlines.

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Keynotes Music Scholarship Competition

Up to $10,000 can be awarded at Keynotes Music Scholarship Competition in the spring. Applicants must be full-time music majors currently enrolled at a music school or in the music department of a college or university – OR – graduating high school students that have been accepted for admission and will enroll as full-time music students.

Application Information

Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships

Auditions for Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships were last held in May, 2016. The next round of auditions will take place in May 2018. High school seniors and college students could apply.

Application Information

Blackwood Music Scholarships

Blackwood Music Scholarships are available to high school seniors intending to pursue a career in instrumental music performance. Scholarships and grants totaling $25,000, in varying amounts from $2,000 to $5,000 were available for the year 2016. 

Applications must be postmarked by: February 1, 2017

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Concerto Competitions & Performances

The Pittsburgh Concert Society
The Pittsburgh Concert Society (PCS) holds auditions in the Young Artist category to provide recital performance opportunities and financial support to highly-qualified, young classical musicians who live in the Pittsburgh area.

For PYSO members needing help with pianists’ fees, financial assistance is available.
Please send an email to if you wish to ask for this assistance.

Application Information

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Concert
The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh is accepting applications for its 2017 Young Artists competition.  The winner(s) will be featured with the Orchestra on its September 10, 2017 concert and receive a prize of $250. Applications are due July 31, 2017 and finalists will audition in person on August 20, 2017.

Application Information

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition
The deadline for the Young Artist Concerto Competition has passed. Please check back next December for more information about the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Application Information

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Side-By-Side Concert
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 25th annual EQT Student Side-By-Side concert

Concert Date: May 16, 2017 at Heinz Hall.
Conductor: Andres Franco,  PSO Resident Conductor

Application Information

Marine Corps Band Concerto Competition
The President’s Own United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school wind and percussion musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship.

PDF application

Online application

Musicians with a Mission
Musicians with a Mission encourage teens, college students, and professionals alike to bring their musical talents into local nursing and personal care homes partly by coordinating the logistics and giving a small honorarium per performance.

Contact Founding Director Devin Arrington for more information:

Application Information

Funded Summer Programs

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA invites young musicians (ages 16-19) to audition for its 2017 season. The 2017 program will take place from early July through early August. Expect arrival and departure dates to be announced shortly. In 2017, the orchestra heads to South America with Marin Alsop on the podium. NYO-USA is a tuition-free program for all musicians. The program provides room and board during the residency and covers all expenses related to instructional, rehearsal, performance, and tour activities (including tour-related visa costs, airfares, and other transportation, as well as hotels, meals and group sightseeing).

Application deadline was November 1, 2016.

Application Information

NYO2, a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students (ages 14-17) from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field, runs in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency in New York. The 2017 program will take place from early July through early August. Expect arrival and departure dates to be announced shortly. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

Requirements: A formal nomination from a teacher, ensemble director, school/band/orchestra administrator, or community leader is required as part of the application.

Applications were due: December 15, 2016

Application Information

Brevard Summer Institute
Brevard Music Center students may qualify for financial aid as determined through the application and audition process.

Application Information

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