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The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association has many scholarship opportunities to pursue your love of music. If you would like to be considered for one of them, please download the appropriate application form and submit it by the deadline identified in the application. Good luck!

DPYO College Scholarship Application

Summer Music Award Application



Clark J. Haines College Scholarship Winners – $5,500

Winner: Paul Schubert – Cello; Oberlin Conservatory

Rebbeca Krupa – Flute; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Belinda Conrad – Cello; Baldwin Wallace University

Karina Beebe – Violin; Washington Adventist University


David Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition Winners – $800

First Place: Sunao Masunaga, Flute

Finalist: Maggie Murphy, Cello

Finalist: Angela Lin, Piano


Support for the DPYO and DPYS – $3,000

DPYO Tuition Assistance – $3,000

Clark J. Haines Clarinet Award – $150

Nathaniel Cotterman – Principal DPYO Clarinet


DPYO Holesovsky Cello Scholarship- $200

Paul Schubert – Principal DPYO Cello


Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Summer Music Study – $2,400


Jonathan Beebe      Brittaney Fu            Maria Kiser

Thomas LaMon III   Natalie Rocke          Daniel Strayer



Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Summer Music Study – $2,550


Kyle Agarwal                    Angel Apiado          Nathan Hess

Nicole Hess             Tiffany Huang         Stacey Mata

Lisa May                 Joseph Mosher        Alexander Pacleb

Christopher Pacleb Sarah Park              Amelia Steen

Claire Sullivan         Sarah Woolson



David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition

The purpose of this competition is to identify outstanding talented young musicians in the Dayton metropolitan and surrounding areas, to encourage young musicians to pursue further study, and to stimulate competition among student musicians.  The competition is open to those area high school students who will be in grades 10-12 during the next school year. Concerto auditions are held for piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Candidates are judged by the highest artistic standards by distinguished area musicians who judge the preliminary competition. Music Director Neal Gittleman will judge the finals.  The winner of this competition receives a $500 cash award and is the featured soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at a Young People’s Concert next season. Second and Third Place finalists receive a cash award.

Applicants must reside in one of the following counties: Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, or Warren. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who are members of Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestras or students of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra members.


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Each year the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra offers talented young musicians the opportunity to perform fine orchestral literature and further develop their musical talents through participation in the orchestra’s long-standing Youth Orchestra programs. Chosen through competitive audition, the students in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings and the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings hail from 27 different schools throughout the Greater Dayton area and surrounding communities.

The DPVA provides financial assistance to help our musicians with their participation fees, sectional coaches, acquiring music, college scholarships and summer music awards.

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthening our region’s existing school music programs, and helping stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist.

Led by DPAA Assistant Conductor, Dr. Patrick Reynolds, DPYO performs three concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Ohio Music Educators Association conferences. The Youth Orchestra regularly appears on the Dayton Philharmonic’s DP&L Family Concert Series.  The DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Association, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Thanks to the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, the DPYO members receive summer music awards and college scholarships.  The DPVA also provides funds for the cost of music, sectionals, and tuition assistance.

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The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings was established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grade 6-12. The ensemble is comprised of 51 students representing 22 different schools from the greater Dayton area.

Students in the Youth Strings will perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing Winter and Fall concerts, DPYS often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

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The newest addition to our youth orchestra programs is a training orchestra for our youngest musicians, the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings.  Young string players who are looking for an ensemble in which to improve their skills will find the perfect place in the DPJS.