Scholarships & Competitions
Concerto Competitions & Performances
PYSO Membership Dues Scholarship Fund
Established with contributions
In honor of Lawrence Loh,
In memory of Marie Maazel and
In memory of Lucio Rossetti.
Additional funds provided by The Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Young Musician’s Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Paul (pictured to the left) was a member of the PSO from 1965 to 2000 and Charlotta (pictured to the right ) was a member of the PSO from 1968 to 2012.
Click here for the PYSO Membership Dues Scholarship Application.
Deadline for submission is Thursday, August 15th.
2018-2019 PYSO Concerto and Solo Competition
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 various deadlines.
Markus and Esther Klein Scholarship Fund - for String Players
Violin, viola, cello, or bass players in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra may be eligible to apply to the Markus and Esther Klein Scholarship Fund, which was established by the friends and family of Markus and Esther Klein. Mr. Klein was a violinist and a very active and well-known teacher in the Pittsburgh area. Applications are due May 15, 2019. Note: applicants must have completed at least one full season prior to the time of application, and be a senior in high school at the time of application. Scholarship awards would be used for the continuation of violin, viola, cello, or bass study at the college level.
2018 United States Marine Band High School 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 woodwind, brass, or 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.
Application packets must be postmarked or time stamped by Nov. 15, 2018. To submit an electronic/online application click here:
For more information about the United States Marine Band Educational Programs visit their website,
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.
Blackwood Music Scholarships
Over the past seventeen years, Blackwood Arts has awarded more than $284,000 in scholarships to the top high school musicians. Scholarship amounts range from $2500 to $5000 with an average of six recipients per year. Past recipients have attended some of the most renowned music schools in the country including Julliard, the New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Berklee College of Music and the Eastman School of Music.
Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships
Auditions for Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships took place in May, 2018. High school seniors and college students could apply.
The next scholarship season will open on January 1, 2020
Auditions and Scholarship Opportunities with the Tamburitzans
We are looking for talented students attending any local college to join the Tamburitzans! If you enjoy performing and would like to be a part of a premier ensemble, then The Tamburitzans may be the place for you! Travel, perform – gain the experience of a lifetime while you earn your college degree!
Tamburitzans Auditions will be held on February 6, 2019 at the Tamburitzans HQ building in Pittsburgh, PA.
Substantial scholarship money is available to deserving & talented students.
Visit the “Become a Tammie” section of our website at www.thetamburitzans.org to learn more!
For more information, call us at 412-224-2071.
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.
The Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artists Competition
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 email@example.com if you wish to ask for this assistance.
Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Young Artists Competition
Information for 2019 is not yet available.
Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition
Information for 2019 is not yet available.
Marine Corps Band Concerto Competition
Musicians with a Mission
Contact Founding Director Devin Arrington for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded Summer Programs
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA
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 deadlines for the 2018 NYOUSA have passed.
Applications for 2018 NYO2 have passed.
Brevard Summer Institute