Friends of the BPO Young Musicians Scholarship

Friends of the BPO Young Musicians’ Scholarship

Important Dates & Deadlines:

November 18, 2020

  • Audio or video recording (mp3, mp4 or CD) and all portions of application postmarked by November 18.
  • Audio or video recording and all sections of application (A,B,C) submitted electronically or mailed to:

Catherine Sutherland
FRIENDS OF THE BPO Young Musicians’ Scholarship Chair
263 Old Oak Post Road, East Amherst, NY 14051

Submissions may also be emailed to:

March 6, 2021

  • Finalists auditions and Interviews
    *Depending on COVID-19 regulations, auditions will be LIVE in-person, or LIVE virtually.
Maestro Falletta with 2020 Scholarship Winners Leah Streety, Stephanie Magera, and Ben Mekinulov

Yadzinski Scholarship for the Arts

For nearly sixty years, Edward I. Yadzinski devoted his career to the performing arts as a musician, composer, annotator, historian and educator with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and University at Buffalo. To build on this legacy, The Yadzinski Foundation established the Yadzinski Scholarship for the Arts in partnership with the Friends of the BPO to recognize a gifted high school senior in the Western New York region who has chosen to pursue music as a program of study at a university or college. The $2,500 award combines a $2,000 academic scholarship applied towards tuition and school expenses with an educational technology grant of $500 for computers, software or instruments.



Click HERE to print out Part B – Student Essay

Click HERE to print out Part C1 and C2 – Recommendation forms to hand deliver to your music teacher and school counselor or principal


AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING: Label mp3, mp4 or CD with applicant name, school, title of selections and instrument/voice.  ACCOMPANIMENT IS REQUIRED on at least one selection.
*Due to COVID-19, the accompanist requirement will be waived for the 20-21 school year.

MUSIC: Perform at least two (2) different selections. MAXIMUM TIME: 8 MINUTES OF MUSIC.

Select a piece which displays technical facility and another in a contrasting style demonstrating musicianship and interpretation. VOCALISTS – Include at least one selection from the current NYSSMA Manual.

ESSAY: PART B of the application is an essay.  The essay should not exceed 500 words. Please submit as a word document or pdf.  Applicant essay should include the following:

  • Statement about your plans to continue music study.
  • Your eventual goal as a career in music.
  • The route you hope to take to reach your goal.
  • Whom or what has motivated or inspired you.
  • Honors, awards, and other distinctions.

RECOMMENDATIONS (2):  PART C – Submit recommendations from school or private music teacher and school counselor or principal.
Please, submit this recommendation via e-mail to Please put APPLICANT NAME in the subject line.

AUDITION:  A committee will choose finalists who will be invited to audition and interview on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Auditions are limited to EIGHT (8) minutes in length and finalists should plan their performance accordingly so as not to exceed the allotted time.  This audition should be considered a recital performance with proper dress, acknowledgement of the audience, etc.  Bring your accompanist, as ACCOMPANIMENT IS REQUIRED on at least one selection. *Due to COVID-19, the accompanist requirement will be waived for the 20-21 school year.

Requirements for Young Musicians’ Scholarship Applicants:

  1. Seniors who will enroll at a university/college as a music major in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply.
  2. Scholarships are available for High School seniors from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee-Wyoming, Niagara and Orleans counties.
  3. Piano accompaniment is required on at least one selection. *Due to COVID-19, the accompanist requirement will be waived for the 20-21 school year.
    An audio or video recording (mp3, mp4 or CD) and all sections of the application (A,B,C), including recommendations by your music teacher and school counselor or principal must be postmarked by November 18.
  5. No student will be granted an audition or interview if the above requirements are not met.
  6. Applicants will be notified at home via US Mail as to all commitments, decisions, and final awards.
  7. Three YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded – first place of $3000, second place of $2000 and third place of $1000.  SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE PAYABLE TO THE WINNER’S COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN ONE LUMP SUM.
    Monies will be awarded second semester of the freshman year of college upon receipt of a formal statement from the school indicating student achievement. Winners are required to earn a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent, according to school grading policies.
  8. The YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SCHOLARSHIP award presentation will be TBD.
  9. All audio recordings and application forms become the property of the Friends of the BPO and will not be returned.
  10. Finalists must supply their own instrument needs for the March 6 audition.
  11. STRING APPLICANTS ONLY:  The BUFFALO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY will be awarding up to three SILVERMAN STRING SCHOLARSHIPS, each in the amount of $1,500.

Check #16 on the application if you wish to be considered for this scholarship.  Only string players who qualify as finalists will be eligible for the SILVERMAN STRING SCHOLARSHIP.
Judges from the BUFFALO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY will be present during the March 6 YOUNG MUSICIANS SCHOLARSHIP auditions and interviews.  The Silverman String Scholarship will be awarded after the first year of the recipient’s successful study (with college validation) – at a date and time determined by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

*Deadline: Postmarked by November 18, 2020. Please remind about the deadline to those individuals you’ve asked to submit recommendations!