Senior Scholarships

MYO Senior Scholarships

We are proud to offer merit-based scholarships to graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding musicianship, dedicated service to MYO, and have plans to major in music at college (including the fields of Music Administration, Business, Composition, Education, Performance, Recording and Therapy). Performance includes instrumental and vocal performance, as well as Musical Theatre.

The application deadline for the 2017 senior scholarships has passed. The deadline for submitting this application was Friday, May 19. The 2017 senior scholarships will be presented at the MYO Alumni Concert on Sunday, June 11 at 3PM at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center:

  • Joseph Ferriso Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Veronica Franco Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Grace McDermott Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Three additional MYO Senior Scholarships ($1,000 each)

 MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2015-2016

John Burke-McGoldrick, Trombone, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship
University of Maryland, College Park in Music Education

Christopher Fludd, Tenor, Nassau Chamber Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship
Westminster Choir College in Music Education

Thomas Loomis, Bass, Suffolk Youth Chorale, Veronica Franco Memorial Scholarship
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music in Music Education

Laura Maila, Violin, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
James Madison University in Violin Performance

Nicholas Mrakovcic, Double Bass, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Joseph Ferriso Memorial Scholarship
Manhattan School of Music in Double Bass Jazz Performance

Emily Shallbetter, Soprano, Nassau Chamber Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship
University of Maryland, College Park in Vocal Performance


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2014-2015

Esther Chung, Soprano and Violin, Nassau Chamber Chorale and Nassau Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
Adelphi University in Music Performance and Business

Ethan Fields, Horn, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
SUNY Fredonia in Music Composition and Sound Recording Technology

Emma Haley, Soprano, Nassau Chamber Chorale, Joseph Ferriso Memorial Scholarship
Tufts University in Music Performance and Biochemistry

Simon Lee, Oboe, Nassau Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
Columbia University in Music and Business Management

Sarah Miller, Cello, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship
Cleveland Institute of Music in Cello Performance

Nicole Soder, Violin, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, Veronica Franco Memorial Scholarship
SUNY Stony Brook in Applied Mathematics and Music


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2013-2014

Taylor Burgess, Soprano, Suffolk Youth Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship
SUNY Purchase in Vocal Performance

Alexander Della Ratta, Tuba, Nassau Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
Hofstra University in Music Education

Kristin DiMonte, Soprano, Nassau Youth Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship
Seton Hill University in Music and Forensic Science

Nicholas O’Brien, Viola and Composer, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship
Ithaca College in Music Composition

Leah Stevens, Flute, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship
Cleveland Institute of Music in Flute Performance

Joslyn Thomas, Alto, Nassau Youth Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship
Westminster Choir College in Music Education


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2012-2013

Marena Minelli, Violin, Suffok Principal Orchestra, Patrice and Paul Sheldon Scholarship

Shari Paltrowitz, Bassoon, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Felicya Schwarzman, Cello, Nassau Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2011-2012

Douglas Aliano, Double Bass, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Kayleigh Rose Cook, Horn, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship

Juliette Elizabeth Incandela, Cello, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2010-2011

Anthony Madonna, Cello, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Emily Brodtman, Double Bass, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship

Alison Verderber, Violin, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2009-2010

Sapphire Greene, Violin, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Milano, Violin, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship

Leslie Ratner, Horn, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2008-2009

Sara Chudow, Violin, Suffolk Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Dahlia Hassan, Cello, Nassau Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship

Charles Paccione, Violin, Nassau Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2007-2008

Michael Bai, Violin, MYO Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship

Andrew Fund, Cello, MYO Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Robert Sirois, Bassoon, MYO Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2006-2007

Scott Davis, Double Bass, MYO Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship

Naomi Marcus, Percussion, MYO Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Erin Steigerwald, Trumpet, MYO Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2005-2006

Kelvin Chang, Cello, MYO Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship

Leslie Krotman, Soprano, MYO Youth Chorale, MYO Senior Scholarship

Gabrielle Rozenberg, Percussion, MYO Principal Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship


MYO Senior Scholarship Recipients for 2004-2005

Leslie Fink, Trumpet, MYO Principal Orchestra, Paul and Patrice Sheldon Scholarship

Nathaniel Liberty, Viola, MYO Chamber Orchestra, Genelle Taney Memorial Scholarship

Sho Omagari, Violin, MYO Principal Orchestra, MYO Senior Scholarship


Joseph Ferriso (dedicatee)Joseph Ferriso, 1995-2015, played principal horn with the Nassau Principal Orchestra, before graduating high school in 2013. David Stevens, Joseph’s private horn teacher of eight years, recalled the many lessons with him: “He had a very quick wit, confidence, and ability to make everyone feel at ease.” “We feel like we lost a family member and the world definitely lost a true gentleman and role model.”

 

 

Veronica Franco (dedicatee)Veronica Franco, 2001-2014, shared her beautiful voice with the Suffolk Treble Choir and the Suffolk Concert Choir. Treble Choir Director Craig Knapp said “I will never forget March 16, 2013, when sweet Veronica Franco entered the Carnegie Hall stage. She was the first singer to enter the stage, and while most of the audience members were not familiar with Veronica and her brave battle with cancer, they knew something special was about to take place. As Veronica walked across the top riser, the audience began to cheer and as the applause grew loud like a musical crescendo, I smiled and said to Veronica, “That cheering is for you!”

 

Grace McDermott

Grace McDermott, 1990-2017, sang Alto with the MYO Youth Chorale from 2005-2007, under the direction of Michael Kerschner. On the MYO 2006 China Tour, led by MYO Founder and Executive Director Emeritus John C. McNeur, Grace performed as one of the first vocalists ever on a MYO tour, under the direction of MYO Board President Sandra Baskin. Grace spoke about travelling with the MYO tour at such a young age as being a formative experience and essential to developing her independence. She also credited the MYO Tours with leading to her decision to live abroad. Originally from East Islip, Grace was living in Dublin and working towards a communications PhD when she died in a tragic house fire on May 1, 2017. “They say the greatest tragedy is to die and to never have lived — and she lived every second,” her mom Leslie McDermott said. “And we’re blessed for that.”

 

Genelle B. Taney was a dedicated MYO Member and 2003 Great Neck North High School graduate who died at age 19, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Genelle is remembered for her “unsurpassed love of knowledge, a dedication to the arts, a passion for athletics, and an endless commitment to the betterment of her school and her fellow classmates.”