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Educational Scholarships


Lillian B. Lamoureux Music Scholarship

The Lillian B. Lamoureux Music Scholarship competition is open to all South Coast music students ages 14-21. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually, one to a high school student and one to a college student. Scholarships may be used for private music lessons, tuition, or other expenses that further the student’s music education. The scholarship, awarded by the NBSO since 2000, continues to recognize the legacy of former President Emerita and longtime board President Lillian B. Lamoureux.

Here is the 2023 Lamoureux Scholarship Application. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 12, 2023. Students will be asked to submit a video of their audition performance via Dropbox by May 19, 2023. Questions may be directed to Education Director Terry Wolkowicz at twolkowicz@nbsymphony.org

The 2022 Lillian B. Lamoureux Music Scholarship recipients were Lauren DeCoste and Bjorn Kydland

Elisa Birdseye Youth Orchestra Scholarship

The Elisa Birdseye Youth Orchestra Scholarship was established by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra to recognize and thank Elisa for her outstanding service, both past and present, as NBSO librarian, personnel manager, and violist. Elisa is an integral part of the NBSO’s success and her cheerful spirit and deep love of music beautifully expresses the orchestra’s mission to build a community of music on the South Coast. The scholarship is available to deserving student musicians who need financial assistance to participate in the NBSO’s youth orchestra program.

The Furtado Family Scholarship

For nearly sixty years, members of the Furtado family have made music with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. During that time, their talent and passion for music have made a major contribution to the growth and impact of the NBSO in the community. Moreover, as teachers they have shared that talent and passion with countless students throughout the South Coast, enriching the lives of those students and our community as a whole.

In recent years, four members of the family—Judith Stoltenberg, Teresa Ouellette, Susan Bouley, and Marilyn Melanson—played in the orchestra. Upon the completion of the 2017-18 season, they informed the NBSO that it was time to bring this amazing musical run to a close and retire from the orchestra.

But a musical legacy like that of the Furtado family can never really “retire.” To recognize this and to thank the Furtado family for all it has done for the NBSO and the music community of the South Coast, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to announce that it has established the Furtado Family Scholarship. This scholarship, which will provide financial aid to students in the NBSO’s youth orchestra programs, will be just one of the many ways that the Furtado family’s legacy of making music and bringing the joy of music to others will always be a part of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the South Coast community.

Information about the youth orchestra program and the form to apply for financial aid can be found at semayo.org/auditions-and-program-info

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Our educational programs serve over 25,000 children a year, and we are recognized nationally for our innovative approach and high impact. We all know of the documented benefits of children learning music, and we firmly believe that by introducing classical music to a new generation of students through our programs, we are helping them to make critical connections between music and their everyday lives, making their NBSO experience enriching on multiple levels.

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