Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded each year to encourage the musical development of EYO musicians and to benefit the EYO. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of performing ability, potential and contribution to the EYO. To be eligible, candidates must meet each specific scholarship's requirements. 

Where auditions are required these are held in May and awarded by a Selection Jury consisting of the EYO Music Director and two outside jury members. Every effort is made to ensure that adjudicators are not placed in a conflict of interest. These auditions are recorded and may also be used for entrance to the EYO.

Applications are NOT required for the following scholarships. Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria are selected by the Music Director and General Manager in April and approved by the EYO Board of Directors.

  

  1. Diana Bacon Scholarship - $500  This scholarship is awarded to an EYO member who has been an EYO member for at least three years, is at least 16 years old, has made significant musical progress and shows a positive awareness of the goals of the Orchestra, as demonstrated through exemplary attendance, punctuality, and willingness to assume a generous share of responsibility in all orchestra activities.
  1. Diana Bacon Young Musicians' Award- $200 This scholarship is awarded to an Intermediate Youth Orchestra member younger than 16 years old who has made a significant contribution to the EYO both musically and generally and has demonstrated exceptional improvement in playing ability.
  1. Eileen Lee Scholarship - $300  To be awarded to a student demonstrating musicality, passion, and committment to the EYO.
  1. Pamela Farmer Young Musicians' Award - $200 This scholarship is awarded to an Intermediate Youth Orchestra member younger than 16 years old who has made a significant contribution to the EYO both musically and generally and has demonstrated exceptional improvement in playing ability.
  1. Paul Polushin Award - $200 This prize is not intended for an orchestral section leader but for a player from the rest of the string section of the orchestra.The winner will have displayed outstanding commitment to the EYO in terms of rehearsal attendance, dedication to high performing standards, responsible behaviour, positive attitude, and concern for the welfare of the orchestra as a whole and must have played in the EYO for at least three years.

Applications and auditions are required for the following scholarships:   

  1. Della Roland Memorial Scholarship - $500 For musicians planning to continue musical studies away from Edmonton. Funds to be released when program of study begins.
  2. Edmonton Community Foundation Scholarshps - $1500  For young Alberta musicians pursuing advanced musical studies.These scholarships are intended to help fund a training, education or career advancement opportunity. Applicants can apply for up to $500. There is a preference for one of the awards to be designated for a flautist. In addition to the Eligibiilty Requirements listed below, candidates must also:
    • reside in Alberta
    • be studying music at an advanced level or be a young music professional
    • have been accepted for advanced musical studies
    • demonstrate musical interests of an eclectic nature

  1. Francis and Muriel Dunnigan Scholarship - $500 Designated for a bassoon, horn, or viola player.
  2. Harry Farmer Memorial Scholarship - $500
  3. Kathleen Farmer Memorial Scholarship - $500
  4. Symphony Women's Educational Assistance Fund Scholarships - $2000 with a lifetime maximum of $1000
  5. Thelma Johannes O'Neill Memorial Scholarship - $500
Eligibility Requirements
  • Must have been a member of the senior EYO for at least two years
  • Plan to return to the EYO the following year. Exceptions:  Della Roland Memorial Scholarship and Edmonton Community Foundation Scholarships.
  • A completed application form must be submitted to the EYO before April 30th
  • Audition: Prepare and perform accompanied music (unless chosen selection is specifically an unaccompanied piece) that is no more than 15 minutes in length for the Selection Jury. Choose a movement of a concerto or sonata or two contrasting shorter pieces.