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 2023

Junior Divisions Grades 5-8

1st Place - $350

Isaac Finn (8th grade, xylophone)

2nd Place - $300 

Abigail Lueking (8th grade, French horn) 

3rd Place - $250 

Catalina Lithila (7th grade, oboe)

4th Place - $200

Emily Shetler (6th grade, flute)

Jr. Honorable Mentions - $50 each

Alana Reeves  (5th grade, violin)
Zoey Mercier (5th grade, viola)
Jackson Szafranski (8th grade, viola)
Lila Martin (8th grade, cello)

Senior Divisions Grades 9-12

1st Place - $350

Abigail Martin (11th grade, clarinet)

2nd Place - $300 

Bo Boesdorfer (11th grade, oboe)

3rd Place - $250 

Sol Veenstra (12th grade, bass clarinet)

Sr. Honorable Mentions - $50 each

Kyle Jackle-Hugh (10th grade, violin)
Alana Hartman (10th grade, flute)
Ian Arnold (10th grade, piano)

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

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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