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 eric.chow.mein@gmail.com or 647-822-0638.

Full application

Scholarship Sponsors

PACE Credit Union

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

Remenyi House of Music

George Heinl & Co.

The Music Studio

Louise Koen - in memory patron Ed Koen

2017-2018 Winners

Adrian Marinov

Adrian Marinov has been playing the violin since the age of 4. He started his studies in a Suzuki program with Gretchen Paxson, and completed his grade 8 Royal Conservatory Exam. He currently studies with Bronson Kwan at the Toronto School for Strings. Prior to joining the Etobicoke Philharmonic, he played in the Mooredale senior orchestra for several years. He has been a part of a quartet for the last two years, which was chosen to be part of Quartet Fest at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016. He has enjoyed many exciting performance opportunities including appearing with members of the Tafelmusik Orchestra and participating in a Suzuki anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.

Diana Dawydchak

Diana Dawydchak, 17, began playing the violin at age 4 with Margot Jewell and is in her graduating year at Etobicoke Suzuki Music. Diana has taken top honours in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, North York Music Festival and Davenport Music Festival. Diana has a passion for classical music as well as a genuine love of celtic, fiddle and French-Canadian folk music. She is the 2016 Canadian Open Junior Fiddle Champion, the runner up in the Grand Master Fiddle Championship Nashville (2015) and State of Tennessee Fiddle Championship (2017). She enjoys performing with her brother, Andrew in their band, DnA Sound and recently released their first EP recorded in Nashville. She attends Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School and Regional Arts Centre and is part of the R.A.P Strings Ensemble and quartet. Diana also enjoys playing the button accordion, piano and hockey. She is excited to play with the EPO in their 2017-2018 season.

Harry Rollo

Harry Rollo 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.

Jane Shen

Jane Shen began playing violin at the age of 8, under the guidance of Lili Song, and has been very passionate about music ever since. Currently a grade 11 student at Applewood Heights Secondary School, Jane actively participates in the Music Program: she enjoys playing the alto saxophone in her school band, providing occasional violin accompaniment for chorale, and performing with friends at school showcases. Outside of school, Jane performs in a strings ensemble for community events and teaches violin to younger students at Mississauga Piano Studios. This is Jane's first season with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is thrilled for this experience to grow as a musician and a person.

Miranda DaSilva

Miranda DaSilva started playing cello when she was 10 years old at John G. Althouse’s music program. This is her third year with Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently under the instruction of John Trembath and is in her first year at the University of Toronto. In the past, she has been involved in a variety of music ensembles, including orchestras, quartets, chamber music groups, as well as the Etobicoke Youth Band on flute. Miranda has also enjoyed her time with other young musicians as a cello tutor and as a cello counsellor at the Toronto Summer Music Camp. Miranda looks forward to another exciting year with EPO.

Jillana Nickel

Jillana Nickel has played and taught percussion for 17 years and has experience playing in a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, musical theatre, and world ensembles. She has a diploma in Jazz Studies majoring on the drum set and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Music Degree at Humber, majoring on vibraphone and percussion. Having just moved here from BC she is grateful for this scholarship award and for the opportunity to meet and play with skilled local musicians.

2016-2017 Winners

  • Adam Choles, violin
  • Leon He, cello
  • Andrew Kerr, percussion
  • Harry Rollo, trumpet
  • Russell Stouffer, violin
  • Natasha Zado, cello
  • Jacob Zemans-Ronthal, horn

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