Scholarship FEMC

For area youth, Friday Evening Music Club encourages students who study with FEMC members to perform on the recital series. FEMC also offers a $1,000 scholarship competition each year for any high school senior from Westmoreland or Fayette County who plans to major in music at an accredited college or university.

We congratulate flutist Kaitlyn Dotson. our 2022 Scholarship Winner, we are glad to support her as she starts her music studies at West Virginia University this fall.

Mildred A. Gardner Scholarship Award Competition – 2023 Guidelines

Download a PDF Application

Open to any current high school senior who resides in either Westmoreland or Fayette Counties and who will be a music major at an accredited college in the Fall of 2023.

For the preliminary audition, contestants should submit the online below, as well as a digital recording of two pieces in contrasting styles which exhibit their technical and musical abilities (Please EMAIL these recordings directly to Morrie Brand – [email protected])

  • Alternatively, applicants may print and mail the audition form (pdf above) and send a CD or tape with their two recordings.
  • Those chosen as finalists may elect to perform the same or different selections at the live audition. Performance time should not exceed 12 minutes. Due to time constraints, selections may not be heard in their entirety.
  • Contestants will be judged according to technique, rhythmic accuracy, intonation (not for piano), musicality, tone production and performance skills.
  • Judges are not required to award a winner if competitors do not meet FEMC standards.
  • Memorization is required where it is common practice to use it (piano, voice).
  • As needed, applicants must provide their own accompanist.  Finalists are strongly encouraged to use professional accompanists.
  • The winner will be invited to perform at a future Friday Evening Music Club Recital.
  • Contestants are asked to submit a $20 application fee to cover administrative costs.
  • Deadline for applications: January 6, 2023
  • Finalist Auditions: January 28, 2023 (tentative, location TBD)
  • For more information about the Friday Evening Music Club Scholarship Competition, contact Morrie Brand at [email protected]

Summer with the Symphony!

Learn More

Recent blog posts

Chatham Baroque – Summer Chamber Music Series

The Summer Chamber Music Series presents the final concert of the summer featuring Chatham Baroque on Thursday, August 11, 2022 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Chapel in Latrobe. Chatham Baroque includes Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba and Scott Pauley, theorbo and baroque guitar. They will perform works by Bach’s Sonata in G Major as well… Read More

Read more

WYSO Seeking New Philharmonic Conductor

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces an opening for the Conductor of a Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program’s Philharmonic. “The Philharmonic is the ‘flagship’ orchestra of the WYSO Program, and is comprised of high school students and advanced middle school students,” said Morrie Brand, the current WYSO Philharmonic conductor. “The youth orchestra program is the largest component of the WSO’s… Read More

Read more

Summer Philharmonic and Orchestral Premiere

Summer Philharmonic Features an Orchestral Premiere at Seton Hill The WSO Academy of Music’s Summer Philharmonic will present a free summer concert on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center, downtown Greensburg. Music Director Morrie Brand conducts the concert that includes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, the third movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1,… Read More

Read more