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Keynotes Music Scholarship

Helping Young Musicians Fulfill their Dreams





  • Includes $1,000 from the Janet Farrell memorial fund
  • Additional instrumentalist award: $1,100 from the Phillip Bianco Memorial Fund
  • Keynotes Music Scholarship has awarded over $440,000 to 198 students!

Rules about the Scholarship

  • Auditions are held annually in May of each year at the Fine Arts Theater of Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • All applicants must be legal Pennsylvania residents for one year
  • All applicants must be full-time music majors currently enrolled in a music school or music department of a college or university 
  • All applicants must be enrolled in a music program for the following year
  • Graduating high school students enrolled as a full-time music major in the fall are eligible to apply
  • Voice applicants must be under 30 years of age
  • Instrumental applicants must be under 26 years of age by June 1
  • First place winners are ineligible to compete again
  • Contestants must be current legal residents of Pennsylvania for 1 year or, if out-of-state and attending a school in PA, please provide a proof of a Pennsylvania address; ie: campus address (university mailings) or apartment (some use utility bill)

2024 Scholarship Application

Welcome to all students interested in applying for a scholarship offered by Keynotes Music Scholarship.  Please complete the form below to apply for four scholarships that we offer.  A minimum of $10,000 worth of Scholarships include:

  1. Phillip Bianco Memorial Scholarship (instrumentalist award)
  2. First Prize (instrumentalist or vocal award)
  3. Second Prize (instrumentalist or vocal award)
  4. Third Prize (instrumentalist or vocal award)

Auditions will be held on Saturday May 11, 2024 at the Fine Arts Theater of Mount Lebanon High School, Cochran Road, Mount Lebanon, PA.  Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2024.  Because we are restricted to 20 contestants and have had a waiting list in recent years, we strongly urge you to return the completed application package as soon as possible. 

Additional Audition Guidelines​

  1. Vocalists must include at least two different foreign language selections
  2. Each applicant will be allotted 15 minutes for the audition.  Please use all your time.
  3. Applicants must provide their own accompanist if needed
  4. Memorization is preferred, but NOT required
  5. For the audition, you will be expected to perform one selection representative of each of the following time periods.  Please provide the Selection, Composer, and Year for each Period:

    • Baroque (1600-1750)

    • Classical (1650-1820)

    • Romantic (1820-1920)

    • 20th Century Contemporary (1900-present)

  6. First time applicants: please send completed form (unless completing online) and proof of age, residency, resume and teacher recommendation to: Lori Walter, 162 Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229 along with $30.00 non-refundable registration fee or pay online
  7. Previous applicants need only forward this application and the $30.00 non-refundable registration fee
  8. Payment can be made online or with checks or money orders made payable to “KEYNOTES”
2024 Scholarship Winners

First Place ($7,500): Isaac King (viola) from McDuffie Center for Strings

Second Place ($5,000): Phoebe Chen (flute) from Carnegie Mellon University

Third Place ($2,500): Wallis Lucas (soprano) from Carnegie Mellon University

Phillip Bianco Memorial Award ($1,100): Brian Curtin (violin) from Carnegie Mellon University

2023 Scholarship Winners

First Place ($7,500): Joshua Lee (violin) from Carnegie Mellon University

Second Place ($5,000): Isaac King (viola) from McDuffle Center for Strings

Third Place ($2,500): Audrey Logan (soprano) from Oklahoma City University

Phillip Bianco Memorial Award ($1,100): Richard Palermo (violin) from Carnegie Mellon University

2022 Scholarship Winners

First Place ($5,000): Alyssa Vieau (mezzo soprano) from Carnegie Mellon University

Second Place ($3,000): Alexandria Zallo (mezzo soprano) from Carnegie Mellon University

Third Place ($2,000): Nathan Magley (clarinet) from Indiana University

Phillip Bianco Memorial Award ($1,100): Geoffrey Madge (oboe) from West Virginia University

For more information, please contact: 

Lori Walter – Email: