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.
- The competition is open to all current PYSO members.
- 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 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 fill out the online form back the better chance you have of getting your requested time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Concerto Competitions & Performances
The Pittsburgh Concert Society
For PYSO members needing help with pianists’ fees, financial assistance is available.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to ask for this assistance.
Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Concert
Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Side-By-Side Concert
Concert Date: May 16, 2017 at Heinz Hall.
Conductor: Andres Franco, PSO Resident Conductor
Marine Corps Band Concerto Competition
Musicians with a Mission
Contact Founding Director Devin Arrington for more information: email@example.com.
Funded Summer Programs
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Application deadline was November 1, 2016.
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
Brevard Summer Institute