John Melin Memorial Chair
This award was established in memory of the late Dr. John R. Melin, Indianapolis obstetrician, musician and dedicated friend of New World Youth Orchestras. Each year, Artistic Director Susan Kitterman selects a Symphony Orchestra member to receive this award. The award is tuition for the season and a certificate of achievement awarded at the November performance.
2012-2013: Quinn Connolly, tuba, Eastern Junior/Senior High School
2011-2012: Kelsey Badger, oboe, Zionsville Community High School
2010-2011: David Acton, horn, Lawrence North High School
2009-2010: Sarah Chang, viola, Hamilton Southeastern High School
2008-2009: Cassandra Thielen, percussion, Westfield High School
2007-2008: Blake Koness, viola, Carmel High School
2006-2007: Patrick Meyer, trombone, Arsenal Technical High School
2005-2006: Emily Bookwalter, viola, North Central High School
2004-2005: Phillip R. Schwein, clarinet, Pike High School
2003-2004: Rohan Maddamsetti, cello, North Central High School
2002-2003: Alaina Pritz, clarinet, Hamilton Southeastern High School
2001-2002: Richard Scott Miller, violin
Gabriel Harley Recording Scholarship
Gabriel Harley created a Recording Scholarship as a way to give back to an organization that played a major role in his own development as a professional musician. Artistic Director Susan Kitterman selects a Symphony Orchestra member based on ability, need and dedication to pursuing music at the college level. The winner receives recording time, media services and production assistance, which can be used to prepare for college auditions, to create a personal music CD or to execute other projects as determined by the student.
2011-2012: Eleni Georgiadis, horn, Carmel High School
2010-2011: Lisa Nickels, oboe, Carmel High School
2009-2010: Elliott Mantock, trombone, Hamilton Southeastern High School
2008-2009: Joe Mynhier, cello, Zionsville Community High School
Emil Leyvand Scholarship
Endowed by the Goloschokin Family during the 2011-2012 season, this scholarship will be awarded annually to oustanding NWYSO student(s) who intend to pursue music professionally and who, like Emil, possess passion for music and sharing it with others. Emil Leyvand (1923-2010), after whom the scholarship is named, was an influential violin performer and teacher in Russia, playing with the USSR Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. His legacy continues in his students and through his son Alex, world-renowned violinmaker, whose violin shops are located in Carmel and Greenwood.
2011-2012: Jeremy Wu, violin, Park Tudor School
School Music Educator Award
This award was created to honor the school music director of a student enrolled in New World Youth Orchestras. This $75 prize is given to an outstanding music teacher, who has had a significant influence in the life of a New World student. The students must write an essay explaining their teacher’s outstanding qualities and how he or she has influenced them. Only school music educators may be nominated. The New World Youth Orchestras Board of Directors reviews the applications and votes on a winner. This award is funded by an endowment created by Michael and Nana Vaughn, former music directors with New World Youth Orchestras.
2011-2012: Joel Matthews, Eastern High School
2010-2011: John Marshall, Pike High School
2009-2010: Soo Han, Carmel High School
2008-2009: Dr. Fred Ehnes, french horn, Professor of Music Performance Ball State University
2007-2008: Janet Priest, Frankfort Senior High School