Awards

We Give…

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, the Arstistic Director 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.

2016-2017: Gayatri Balasubramanian, flute, Carmel High School
2015-2016: Sean Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, clarinet, North Central High School
2014-2015: Emily Burden, flute, New Palestine High School
2013-2014: Maddi Shake, percussion, Cathedral High School
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, North Central High School

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.  The Artistic Director 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.

2012-2013: Madeline Danforth, bassoon, North Central High School
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 outstanding NWYSO student(s) who intend to pursue music professionally and who, like Emil Leyvand, 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.

2015-2016: Megan Kerr, viola, Homeschool; Alice Yoon, viola, Fishers High School
2014-2015: Hannah Cleveland, violin, Zionsville Community High School
2013-2014: Ian Jean, violin, Fishers High School
2012-2013: Miranda Bernard, violin, Zionsville Community High School
2011-2012: Jeremy Wu, violin, Park Tudor School

Music Educator Award

The New World Youth Orchestras Music Educator Award has been created to honor an outstanding music teacher who has had a significant influence in the life of a New World student.  Nominations are made by currently enrolled members of NWYO.  This award is funded by an endowment created by Michael and Nana Vaughn, former conductors of NWYO.  Contributions to this endowment are welcomed and will help to increase the amount of the award.

2015-2016: Dean Westman, Avon High School
2014-2015: Noelle Tretick Gosling
2013-2014: Christopher Kreke, Carmel High School
2012-2013: David Irish, North White Junior/Senior High School
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

Kent Leslie Memorial Scholarship

The Kent Leslie Memorial Scholarship was created in 2016 to honor the passing of french hornist and educator Kent Leslie.  Not only was Kent a first-rate horn player and musician, but he was also a devout educator, and had been deeply involved in the artistic development of NWYO. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a brass player who exhibits artistic excellence, maturity, and leadership.

2015-2016: C.J. Smith, trumpet, Fishers High School