EPO Student Scholarship

We are delighted to provide scholarships each season for up to four instrumentalists who are students in either secondary school or college/university.

The goal is to provide young musicians with orchestral experience and some financial support to develop their skills and build their experience.

Successful candidates attend all rehearsals and concerts.

Auditions are typically held in June for the following September through May season.

Audition Requirements: (subject to change)

  • Perform a solo of at least grade 8 RCM level without accompaniment
  • 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.

If interested, please contact the orchestra manager at manager@eporchestra.ca or 416-239-5665.

Student Scholarship Sponsors

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Rotary Club of Etobicoke

Scholarship Winners

2023/2024 Season

Aria Nedell

Aria Nedell

Aria started to play the violin at age 3 with Etobicoke Suzuki Music. She is currently a high school student and has played in orchestras and small ensembles, including the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Whispering River Orchestra. She would like to thank her family for their support, as well as her past and present violin teachers who have taught her so much. Aria looks forward to playing with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra this season.

Rachael McKay

Rachael McKay

Rachael McKay is thrilled and grateful to join the EPO for her second season as second trumpet and EPO Student Scholarship winner.

Rachael is a Grade 12 student at Markville Secondary School, plays in the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has also had the opportunity to play in the Mississauga Symphony and York Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Hannaford Youth Band and Markville’s wind and jazz ensembles. Rachael has performed in the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, the Ontario Provincial Honour Band and during the summer of 2023, she has had the additional honour of attending the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute in Denver, CO, and the Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute in Rochester, NY.

2022/2023 Season

  • Rachael McKay, Trumpet
  • Sofia Rodrigues, Violin

2019/2020 Season

  • Aidan Prendergast, Percussion
  • Alec Roy, Cello
  • Iman Hussein, Double Bass
  • Jamal Allicock, Violin
  • Kelly Lee, Violin
  • Marija Ivicevic, Violin
  • Surbhi Rao, Cello


Stay in the know about the EPO!

See past newsletters