Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

Student Scholarship Sponsors

PACE Credit Union
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Remenyi House of Music
Rotary Club of Etobicoke
Heather Matthews

Scholarship Winners

2018/2019 Season

Adrian Rogers

Adrian Rogers is a trumpet student at the University of Toronto, currently studying under Anita McAlister. He has been a student at the Domaine Forget Academy and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler. Adrian has performed with the Etobicoke Philharmonic, Hannaford Youth Band and University of Toronto ensembles. He has also played in masterclasses for Phillip Smith, David Krauss and Karen Donnelly.

Diane Kim

Da Hyeon (Diane) Kim is a Korean-Canadian violinist who is a second year PDP student at the Glenn Gould School studying under Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. Before, she was a student of the Taylor Academy in Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied with Marie Berard. She was also a member of Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for 4 years and was positioned Assistant Concertmaster and Co-Concertmaster. She was also invited to join Millennium Symphony where she performed at Seoul Arts Centre. Diane got numerous platinum awards and scholarships from Kiwanis Music Festival, Ontario Music Festival, North York Music Festival, TSYO honor award and Don Banks Music Award in Canada. Past summers she attended to Curtis Summerfest, Korean Chamber Orchestra Summer Music Festival, Koreana Chamber Music Society Summer Music Camp and Campus Musica Udine in Italy. She has been performed in multiple masterclasses with Baiba Skride, Mauricio Fuks, Almita Vamos and Miriam Fried. She was also nominated to perform with her Quartet in a masterclass for Kronos Quartet with contemporary piece “Satellites” by Garth Knox.

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 12 student at Applewood Heights Secondary School, Jane actively participates in the Music Program: she enjoys playing the alto saxophone in her school band, takes part in the senior vocal program as well as choir, and performs in small ensembles at school showcases. She was recently awarded Junior Musician of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year. This is Jane's second season with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is thrilled for this experience to continue to grow as a musician and a person.

Kay Tozawa

Kay Tozawa is a 16-year-old violinist who attends Etobicoke School of the Arts. She started playing violin at the age of 5 1/2, and currently studies under Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom. She has competed in various music festivals including OMFA 2017 Provincials and has won scholarships and awards. This year she won the Crystal Award senior division and received a Kiwanis scholarship of $350. She also has been participating in many orchestras, ensembles, and chamber groups since she was 7. She is very grateful for the opportunity to play with EPO this year, andlooks forward to her new challenge.

Miranda DaSilva

Miranda DaSilva has played cello for eight years, largely under the instruction of John Trembath. This is her fourth year with Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Miranda is in her second year at the University of Toronto, where she is majoring in Neuroscience. In the past, she has been involved in a variety of music ensembles, including orchestras, quartets, and chamber music groups, as well as being a cello tutor and summer counsellor. Miranda is very excited and honored to be playing with EPO this year as the Charlotte Thorpe Memorial Scholarship winner.

Veronica Manchur

Veronika Manchur moved to Canada from Ukraine 5 years ago. She studied violin at S.Kryshelnuzka Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School in the studio of Volodymyra Shurgot since she was 6 years old. Also, studied at The Taylor Academy for the past 4 years in the studio of Atis Bankas. She continues studying with him at The Glenn Gould School in the first year PDP Program. Veronika has been to a number of violin competitions and the highlights were 2nd prize of the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland and 3rd prize of the International Kocian Competition in Czech Republic. She also got 2nd prize at the Kiwanis Chamber Competition in 2014 with her quartet from the Academy. Veronika has performed in many Ukrainian Festivals and concerts. She received master classes from professional musicians such as Erika Raum, Jonathan Crow, Lina Bahn, Almita Vamos, and others. She has participated for 2 years in a Music Academy led by Atis Bankas in Music Niagara. This year, Veronika is grateful to be a recipient of an EPO scholarship and is looking forward to spending a week in Montreal in Orford Academy studying under Michael Frischenschlager.

2017/2018 Season

  • Adrian Marinov, Violin
  • Andrew Kerr, Percussion
  • Diana Dawydchak, Violin
  • Harry Rollo, Trumpet
  • Jane Shen, Violin
  • Jillana Nickel, Percussion
  • Kay Tozawa, Violin
  • Miranda DaSilva, Cello

2016/2017 Season

  • Adam Choles, Violin
  • Andrew Kerr, Percussion
  • Harry Rollo, Trumpet
  • Jacob Zemans-Ronthal, Horn
  • Leon He, Cello
  • Natasha Zado, Cello
  • Russell Stouffer, Violin

2015/2016 Season

  • Adam Choles, Violin
  • Andrew Kerr, Percussion
  • Charlotte Thorpe, Cello
  • Emily Whittaker, Horn
  • Harry Rollo, Trumpet
  • Leon He, Cello
  • Russell Stouffer, Violin
  • Steven Wolwyn, Bass

2014/2015 Season

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

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