Toledo Symphony Now Accepting Applications for New Young Musician Award

Published Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:00 pm

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has opened the application process for its new Young Musician’s Award. Funded through the generosity of the Stephen and Ann Stranahan family, the recipient of the award will receive up to $20,000 per year, renewable for two additional years for a maximum of $60,000 over three years.

“One of our core values at the Toledo Symphony is empowerment,” says Rachel Schultz, Director of Education for the Toledo Symphony. “We empower all in our region who are inspired to pursue music by providing guidance, learning, and resource. The Stranahan family believes that a thriving arts program helps a community flourish. Together, we are proud to play our part and help open doors for a deserving young musician from our area.”

Applications are open to candidates under the age of 25 on March 27, 2020, pursuing a career as a professional musician. Preferential treatment will be given to those musicians residing in, or with ties to, the area served by the TSO.

The award is intended to further the recipient’s musical career, including, but not limited to, college tuition, instrument purchase, studio recording time, and lessons.

Application materials are due March 27, 2020. The recipient will be notified by April 17, 2020.

For additional information regarding eligibility and application process, please contact Rachel Schultz, Director of Education, at or visit


The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported organization of professional musicians and teachers who deliver quality performance and music education for all.

Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-nine professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

The Toledo Symphony reaches more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of the orchestra’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 postal zip codes. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation.

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