Music Scholarships

The Illinois Symphony Guilds of Bloomington-Normal & Springfield offer annual scholarship competitions for area young musicians. Scholarship awards fund private lessons in Bloomington-Normal or private lessons, summer music camps, or youth orchestra fees in Springfield. Auditions are held annually in each community.

Learn more about the upcoming scholarship competitions in each community.

Bloomington-Normal Springfield


The Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal will hold its annual private lesson scholarship auditions on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Auditions are open to all students who live in McLean County, who are presently in grades 8-11 and who are members of their school orchestra or band; who play in the Bloomington Normal Youth Symphony; or who are McLean County students of Illinois Symphony Orchestra musicians. This year we will select 15 participants based on their application information and recommendation letter from their music teacher or director.

The following private lesson scholarships will be awarded: 

Grades 8-11:  Orchestral Instruments:  Three awards
(Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Piano)

1st place - $1,000 The Brenda Azinger Memorial Scholarship  |  2nd place $600  |  3rd place $400

Private Lessons Scholarship Auditions
Sunday, April 28, 2024 @ 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Second Presbyterian Church | 404 N. Prairie St, Bloomington, IL  61701
Application Deadline:  Monday, April 22, 2024 - no exception

Info & Guidelines   Download Application            


The Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield will hold its annual Music Scholarship Auditions on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Auditions are open to all members of the Illinois Symphony Youth Orchestras (strings, woodwind, brass, or percussion)

Students auditioning should come prepared to play one selection of their own choosing up to 8 minutes in length. Students must provide their own accompanist unless the music was originally composed as an unaccompanied piece. Students must supply two complete copies of the music for the judges, as well as accompaniment. Number the measures of your composition to assist the judges in their comments. First-place winners from last year may not compete again this year with the same instrument. Videotapes and other electronic media will not be accepted in place of this audition.

The following awards may be used either for Youth Orchestra tuition, music lessons, or summer music camps:

Senior Division:  Grades 9-12  
1st place
 $350  |  2nd place $300  |  3rd place $250

Junior Division:  Grades 5-8
1st place
 $350  |  2nd place $300  |  3rd place $250  

Scholarship Auditions
Sunday, March 10, 2024 @ 1:00
Westminster Presbyterian Church | 533 S. Walnut St. (Walnut at Edwards), Springfield, IL  62704
Application Deadline:  Monday, March 4, 2024 - No exceptions
Applications should be submitted to Dee Dee Gain, Guild President.

Dee Dee Gain

2053 Cardinal Dr, Springfield, IL  62704  |  (217) 572-1372
Download Guidelines & Application

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