Scholarships

Barry Richman Careers in Music Scholarship
Any eligible, graduating senior from any ESYO ensemble may apply.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 1

  • This scholarship is awarded at the end of each ESYO season to a graduating senior from any ESYO group who best exemplifies the goals and standards of his/her ensemble, serves as a role model to his/her peers, has made outstanding musical contributions, and plans a career in music. It is a $500 award.
  • To be considered for this scholarship, please complete and submit both of the required forms (links to forms below) by April 27. The Teacher Recommendation Form must be completed by your School Music Teacher or, if home-schooled, by your Private Music Teacher.
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after April 27 will not be considered.
    An application is incomplete if it is missing the Teacher Recommendation Form.
  • Application Forms:

Needs-Based Financial Aid

Musicians may apply for need-based tuition assistance by completing and submitting an application.

“The Harmony in Music Scholarship,” established by the Kolodziej and Resta Family
This scholarship supports the musical aspirations of talented young players who demonstrate financial need.  In recognition of the challenge faced by larger families to afford enriching opportunities for all their children equally, this award favors applicants seeking to enroll more than one child in Empire State Youth Orchestra.

The Richard Albagli Scholarships, established by the Chang, Harris & Provancher Families
These scholarships honor Richard Albagli’s more than thirty years of service to ESYO as Percussion Conductor, his deep commitment to music education and his compassion for others. These awards favor percussion applicants.

Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Scholarships
The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust believes, as do we, that no one should be denied the opportunity to pursue a talent because of economic hardship.  These scholarships help safeguard ESYO’s longstanding commitment to grant any qualified musician the assistance they need to become a member.

Suzanne D. Lake Scholarship, established by Kathryn Lake in honor of her mother
This scholarship honors Suzanne Lake’s role as one of ESYO’s founders, and her decades of service to young musicians. This needs-based award favors a rising senior demonstrating a commitment to the serious pursuit of music.

Summer Enrichment Awards, established in honor of Kathy Gallagher
These awards pay homage to Kathy Gallagher’s devotion to young musicians and her years of service to ESYO. These needs-based awards range from $500-$1,000, and are to be used for summer programs, private lessons and instrument purchase or repair. Application for the Summer Enrichment Awards will be available soon.