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Calling student musicians: Northport Symphony offering scholarships with performance opportunities

People by: Joanne Kountourakis, October 2, 2022

A new scholarship program is offering music students the chance to perform with the Northport Symphony Orchestra and earn a $500 scholarship. Photo courtesy of the NSO.

A new student scholarship program, created by the Northport Symphony Orchestra (NSO), will soon offer three music students the chance to perform with the orchestra and earn a $500 scholarship. Each scholarship winner will have the full experience as an active NSO member for a two-concert cycle.

The program offers talented musicians performance opportunities outside their academic programs, and is an excellent addition to extracurricular activities for college applications.

Founded in 2006, the Northport Community Orchestra was formed as an affiliate of the Northport Chorale, and held its first rehearsal in January of 2007. Under the leadership of Music Director Richard Hyman, an East Northport resident and award-winning music educator, the orchestra debuted in May 2007 at the Chorale’s 25th anniversary concert. In 2008, the orchestra incorporated as its own entity and, in January of 2010, officially changed its name to the Northport Symphony Orchestra.

High school seniors and college students qualify for the NSO scholarship program. The scholarship is repertoire-dependent; this year, scholarship opportunities will be offered to qualified students who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, bassoon, or French horn.

Complete details and links to the application form, student requirements, and additional information can be found here. Completed scholarship application materials must be submitted via email to no later than October 14, 2022.

The NSO’s mission is to provide outstanding music to the Long Island community. Membership includes a wide range of accomplished musicians from all walks of life and of all ages. The orchestra performs three Friday evening concerts a year in the Northport High School auditorium; the next performance (Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163 – Antonin Dvorak) is on November 18.