Music Scholarship Program

Alexander Barker, 2014 Co-Winner, Performing Mozart's Rondo
at the Brevard Concert March 16, 2014
Photo by Tesla Hazlewood


At the Brevard Symphony Orchestra Concert on March 13, the Indian River Symphonic Association announced and awarded $15,500 in music education funding to its three 2016 Scholarship winners:

First Place: Samuel Bormett, Violinist - University of Central Florida

Second Place: Hunter Lazan, French Horn - Michigan State University

Third Place: Ana “Gaby” Scott, Vocalist - Florida State University

Since 2004, an important component of IRSA’s Mission has been to foster and support college-bound music education opportunities. To date, IRSA has awarded $108,000 in Scholarship grants to 33 Indian River County graduating seniors.

The IRSA Awards are highly competitive and selective, thanks to the efforts of music education teachers and administrators at all county public and private high schools.

Each year, numerous talented and committed young musicians compete for IRSA Scholarship Awards, working their way through the process of applications, interviews and performance auditions evaluated by music education professionals.

At the Awards announcement, John Crosby, President of The IRSA Board of Directors, thanked its generous Symphony subscribers and donors for making these grants possible. Mr. Crosby also recognized the role of parents and educators in their encouragement and support of these talented young musicians.


The Music Scholarship Program

Since 2005, the Indian River Symphonic Association has provided scholarship support for talented and committed graduating seniors in Indian River County who are planning to major in music and accepted in a School of Music accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Almost 28 students have received scholarships since the inception of the program

There are two types of scholarships --

Every spring, one-time financial awards are presented to one or more students planning to major in music in college, based on a completed application, transcript of grades, teacher recommendations, and an audition. These awards are given regardless of financial need.

Every other year, a four-year scholarship administered by Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County is awarded. This scholarship, which requires proof of financial need, provides support over four years of college, assuming that financial need continues and academic progress is made. The next award of this scholarship will be in the spring of 2015.

To learn more about the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County, visit the web site at

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