Scholarships & Competitions


Concerto Competitions & Performances

2018-2019 PYSO Concerto and Solo Competition


This year’s PYSO Concerto Competition will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Kresge Recital Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. Maestro Lee, Mr. Johnson and Dimitri Papadimitriou will judge the competition. Mr. Papadimitrou is a pianist and conductor currently on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music.
The PYSO Concerto Competition is open to current PYSO members and the first place winner will perform with PYSO at the Heinz Hall concert on May 5, 2019.
While practice rooms with pianos may be available for warming up and rehearsal, there will not be any time for rehearsing
on the audition stage. Please note:
• The competition is open to all current PYSO members.
• The audition piece does not have to be a concert per se, but it must be for soloist + orchestra.
• You can audition on the instrument that you play in PYSO, or on other instrument(s) that you play, including piano.
• Memorization is required.
• Piano accompaniment is required.
• Indicate in the form 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.
• Orchestral accompaniment parts must be available to purchase or rent.
• Previous first-place winners are not eligible to re-audition.
• We will make every attempt to accommodate your scheduling request , but cannot guarantee that all requests can be met. The sooner you submit the form below the better chance of getting your requested time. Deadline to submit the form is Monday, December 31.

PYSO Concerto and Solo Competition Online Form

Deadline: December 31, 2018.

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.

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Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Scholarship Application

Various deadlines.

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.
Deadline: Application is open from May 1 to July 30.
For more information and applications visit The Pittsburgh Foundation

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.

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PYSO Membership Dues Scholarship Fund

 Due August 15.

In Memory of Marie Maazel | In Honor of Lawrence LohIn Memory of Lucio Rossetti

Scholarship assistance, based on financial need or merit, is available for membership dues. If you wish to apply, please download the PYSO Membership Dues Scholarship Application form and submit it to the PYSO office no later than Wednesday, August 15th.

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


Information for 2019 is not yet available.

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.

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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. 

Information for 2019 is not yet available.

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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

Application Information

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  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.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic 2018 Concerto Competition

The Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artists Competition

Application deadline is February 15, 2019

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 Young Artists Competition

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh sponsors an annual Young Artists competition took place in January 2018.

Information for 2019 is not yet available.

Application Information

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition

The 2018 deadline for the Young Artist Concerto Competition has passed.

Information for 2019 is not yet available.

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:

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Funded Summer Programs

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic music ambassadors. In 2018, the orchestra travels to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.

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.


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. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

Applications for 2018 NYO2 have passed.


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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