Scholarship Winners

The ISO Guilds of Bloomington-Normal & Springfield offer annual scholarship competitions for area young musicians. One of our missions is to encourage the musical development of future symphony orchestra musicians. Scholarship awards fund private lessons, summer music camps, and youth orchestra fees. Auditions are held annually in each community.

Scholarship Winners 

Awarded by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield in 2024

Junior Divisions Grades 5-8

1st Place - $350

Jeremy Gao (5th grade, age 11, violin)

2nd Place - $300 

Emily Shetler (7th grade, age 13, flute)

3rd Place - $250 

Analiese Reeves (8th grade, age 13, flute)

Jr. Honorable Mentions - $50 each

Evie-Jo Miller (7th grade, age 12, viola)
Owen Rogers (8th grade, age 14, cello)

Senior Divisions Grades 9-12

1st Place - $350

Isaac Finn (9th grade, age 15, xylophone)

2nd Place - $300 

Abigail Martin (12th grade, age 18, E-flat clarinet)

3rd Place - $250 

Aiden Beck (9th grade, age 15, bassoon)

Sr. Honorable Mentions - $50 each

Kyle Jackle-Hugh (11th grade, age 13, violin)
Maxwell Jedlicka (12th grade, age 18, violin)

Awarded by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal in 2023

Winners of the 2024 Scholarships will be announced after Sunday, April 28, 2024. Click here to learn more about this year's application process.

1st Place - The Brenda Azinger Memorial * Scholarship - $500 

Nolan White (11th grade, trombone)

2nd Place - $400 

Zachary Davingman (11th grade, piano)

3rd Place - $300 

Yuwen Jin (10th grade, violin)

Brenda Azinger served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors and as Vice-President of Education with the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal. She promoted and coordinated many music educational opportunities for Bloomington-Normal youth. Brenda fully believed in the value of music in children's lives. We are pleased to honor Brenda with this memorial scholarship.

These scholarships are funded by the generosity of patrons, guild members, and donors. If you would like to honor a loved one through a scholarship donation, contact Darrin Burnett, Director of Development by phone at (217) 522-2838 Ext. 3 or by email at

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