Scholarships & Competitions


Concerto Competitions & Performances

2022-2023 PYSO Concerto Competition

The competition is for current PYSO members and will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 12 to 5 PM at Heinz Hall. 

Application and complete information will be posted at a date in the near future!

PYSO Private Study/Coaching Scholarship

PYSO Students may apply for private study assistance for their instrument lessons. These scholarships are based on financial need. There is no due date and applications are reviewed periodically throughout the year. 

Download, print and complete this application form and return to the PYSO Office by:
1. Scanning and sending as an attachment to
2. Mailing to the PYSO Office at:
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
600 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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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Scholarships for College Applicants

Applying to a college or university? Here are two links where you can find more information.

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Markus and Esther Klein Scholarship Fund - for String Players

Violin, viola, cello, or bass players in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra who 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, 2020.

*Eligibility: 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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United States Marine Band High School Concerto Competition

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, sponsors an 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 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will also receive a scholarship. For more information about the United States Marine Band Educational Competition, 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.

Information on the 2020 competition and application can be found by clicking the button below.

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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.

Application Information for 2020.


Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships

The TUESDAY MUSICAL CLUB proudly announces its 2020 Scholarship Auditions​ with OVER $40,000 IN AWARDS!

Eligibility: anyone of exceptional musical talent who is a senior in High School (or its equivalent) or who has not reached the age of 25 by the time of auditions. For music study that includes instrumental, piano,​ vocal, and theater arts​.


AUDITION DATE​ is 05-22-2020.

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!  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

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 and receive a scholarship. More information.


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 if you wish to ask for this assistance.

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Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Young Artists Competition

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh sponsors an annual Young Artists competition. Check their website for more information.

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.

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).




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



Brevard Summer Institute

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

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