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 took 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) judged the competition and PYSO Executive Director Johnson assisted 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 is cellist Jaemin Lee who will perform with PYSO in our winter concert on March 4, 2018 at Heinz Hall.

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.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic 2018 Concerto 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 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.

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Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships

Auditions for Tuesday Musical Club Scholarships will take place in May, 2018. High school seniors and college students could apply.

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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. 

Applications must be postmarked by: February 1, 2018

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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 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, 2018. 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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Concerto Competitions & Performances

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 took place in January 2018.

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Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition

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

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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.


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