Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

EPO Student Scholarship

Each season the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra offers youth scholarships for talented orchestral musicians currently studying at the secondary school or college/university level. Students studying music privately with intent for a career in music should apply.

The goal of this scholarship is to provide young musicians with orchestral experience, professional mentorship and some financial assistance to support their music studies.

Auditions are held each spring for the following orchestral season. The scholarship term will last from September to June. Successful candidates will be expected to attend all EPO rehearsals and to perform at the five EPO season concerts.

Audition Requirements: (Subject to change)

 1.  Perform a solo of at least grade 9 RCM level without accompaniment
 2.  Excerpts of orchestral repertoire from our upcoming season chosen by the adjudicators.

It is expected that the value of a full scholarship will be approximately $1000.00.

If you are interested, please contact Eric Chow at or 647-822-0638.

Full application

Scholarship Sponsors

PACE Credit Union

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

Remenyi House of Music

George Heinl & Co.

2016-2017 Winners

Adam Choles

Adam Choles is a Grade 12 student at Martingrove Collegiate Institute, and has been playing the violin for 12 years. He is currently studying violin under the guidance of Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom. This is Adam's 3rd year as a member of EPO, and 2nd year as a scholarship winner. He would like to thank the orchestra for the opportunity to play with them again this year, and looks forward to a successful year.

Leon He

Leon He first began playing cello at the age of 11 as a student of John G. Althouse's instrumental music program. Currently in grade 12, Leon is involved in various string ensembles and orchestras at Martingrove Collegiate Institute. He was a member of the Toronto Symphony youth Orchestra during their 2015-2016 season, and has played with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014.

Andrew Kerr

An Etobicoke native, Andrew Kerr began playing percussion at the age of 12 with his school music program. Although not his first instrument, he quickly developed a passion for the many instruments of the percussion world, and made them his central focus. Currently, Andrew is involved in many ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Concert Band, and Etobicoke Youth Band. He has also spent time working with other young musicians as a counsellor at the Toronto Summer Music Camp. Andrew currently attends Martingrove CI, where he is involved in the Music Program. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, canoe tripping, and writing about himself in the third person.

Harry Rollo

Harry Rollo began studying the trumpet while attending Sacred Heart Catholic High School. In 2012, the Sacred Heart Concert Band competed in Boston, where he was awarded the “Best Soloist” award. Harry currently attends the University of Toronto, studying Classical Performance on trumpet under the tutelage of Anita McAlister. Along with playing for the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, Harry is very active performing with various groups and artists across the GTHA. This is Harry's third season playing with the EPO and has been awarded the “EPO Student Scholarship” this year. He is looking forward to be playing with the EPO in their 2016-2017 concert season.

Russell Stouffer

Russell Stouffer is a 17 year old violinist playing in his second year with the EPO. He is working on his grade 10 RCM for violin, and also enjoys playing the saxophone as well in his school band. Russell is in grade 12 at Richview C.I. this year. Russell has been studying violin with Margot Jewell since the age of 5 through Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music. In addition to these lessons, Russell took Early Childhood Musical Education as a young child, and this, along with having musical parents, is what really brought him into the musical world. Russell plays in many musical ensembles inside and outside of school including a stringed quartet, jazz band, concert band, school orchestra, and in the pit band for musical acts. Russell is eager to play in his second year with the EPO.

Natasha Zado

Natasha Zado, Charlotte Thorpe memorial scholarship winner, started playing the cello at the age of 5. She studies with Tricia Balmer at Etobicoke Suzuki Music where she take part in weekly group classes and quartet. Currently Natasha attends Richview Collegiate Institute where she takes part in the strings program. In 2014, Natasha won the Don Banks music award for the Junior Strings category. In March of 2016, she travelled to China to play in 5 venues and concert halls with the League of Astonishing Strings, a youth orchestra. Natasha is very excited for her first season with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and knows she will really benefit from it and develop as a player.

Jacob Zemans-Ronthal

Jacob Zemans-Ronthal has been playing the french horn since he was 10, inspired by his father who has been playing horn in the EPO since 2003. He has enjoyed classical music from a young age and has been attending EPO concerts since he was two years old. He is thrilled to be a part of the organization this year, at the age of 15.

Jacob will be attending his second year at Etobicoke School of the Arts this year. He played in the TDSB All-city band in 2013, and the All-city orchestra in 2014 as principal horn. He has also been a part of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra organization for the past two years, and has entered the Kiwanis Music festival twice, and earned a “gold” award both times.

In his spare time Jacob also enjoys music composition, and considers himself an amateur composer. He has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for the past two summers on the french horn, and hopes next year to be accepted into their summer composition program. Jacob studies privately with Jay Austin, the principal horn at the EPO, and is excited to be part of such a great horn section.

2015-2016 Winners

  • Adam Choles, violin
  • Leon He, cello
  • Andrew Kerr, percussion
  • Harry Rollo, trumpet
  • Russell Stouffer, violin
  • Charlotte Thorpe, viola
  • Emily Whittaker, horn
  • Steven Wolwyn, bass

2014-2015 Winners

  • Katie Chen, Cello
  • Blaise Gratton, Tuba
  • Harry Rollo, Trumpet
  • Hannah Teminsky, Horn
  • Steven Wolwyn, Bass

2013-2014 Winners

  • Dayoung Seo, Cello
  • Petros Giannopoulos, Bass
  • Max Gargaro, Trumpet
  • Steven Wolwyn, Bass

2012-2013 Winners

  • Anthony Reyes, Trumpet
  • Dayoung Seo, Cello
  • Kevin Sleno, Bassoon
  • Peter Bye, Trombone

2011-2012 Winners

  • Dayoung Seo, Cello
  • Angel Ji, Cello
  • Satoko Kaneko, Violin

2009-2010 Winners

  • Rachel O'Connor, Trumpet
  • Dayoung Seo, Cello

2008-2009 Winners

  • Rachel Kim, Violin

2006-2007 Winners

  • Matthew Perkins, Violin

2004-2005 Winners

  • Maia Broido, Violin
  • James Woomert, Viola
  • Steven Lundy, Trombone
  • Suzanne Ruttan, Cello