Young Artist Scholarship

The Treasure Coast Symphony announces the 35th Annual Young Artist Scholarship Award Competition. The purpose of the competition is to give a young musician the opportunity to appear as a featured soloist with the orchestra and support his/her musical education with a $1000 scholarship prize. The Young Artist Scholarship winner will perform his/her concerto selection or solo vocal composition on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm in concert with the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra.  


All YouTube videos and applications must be e-mailed no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 to  Do Not Submit after Deadline Date and Time! Please type, No hand written applications or 300 word essays.  

When submitting your YouTube video and application it is VERY IMPORTANT to have in the subject of your e mail, please type: Young Artist Scholarship Award Competition Applicant, Your Name and Instrument.

(If not in this format, It Will Not Be Considered!!!)
Finalist Auditions:                                                                                                                          

Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and a live audition time will be scheduled for January 18, 2020.  Finalists must provide a piano accompanist for this audition at their own expense. The location of the finalist auditions will be announced.

Application requirements:
-Reside in one of the following four counties: Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin or Okeechobee,
-Be under 25 years of age (born after April  19, 1995) 
-Prepare a recording of a fast movement from a standard concerto for solo instrument and orchestra (piano or other orchestral instrument.)
-Be able to perform an established solo composition with symphonic orchestral accompaniment.  Vocalists should furnish a YouTube video of, and be able to perform comparable compositions. 
-Finalists must provide a piano accompanist for this audition at their own expense.
-Finalists must provide a copy of their concerto or solo composition with symphonic orchestral accompaniment to each judge (3).
-Provide their photo and biography for the orchestra’s website and any PR pertaining to the April 19, 2020 concert.
-Rehearse with the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra Monday night, April 13, 2020 and Thursday night, April 16, 2020.
-Perform with the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra at their Sunday, April 19, 2020 concert.
Technical Requirements for video submission:
-Recordings should be submitted via a YouTube video link only and it must be typed on your application.
-Video and Audio should be of high quality, and performers should be clearly visible at all times.
Any questions, please contact:  Kelly G. Levenstein, president (772) 215-2240

$1000 Scholarship


Scholarship Winners

Charlotte Strohl, flute (2018 Winner)

Charlotte Strohl is a junior at Martin County High School and has been playing the flute for eight years. She began studying with Amy Clark in sixth grade, and is currently studying with Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish. She has studied with Eva Amsler, Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, and Kristen Stoner at various summer music camps and other festivals. Charlotte also studied with Rhonda Cassano, Tamara Phillips, Amanda Blaikie, and Jonathan Borja in many masterclasses. 

Charlotte is currently the principal flute player of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, and has been for the past three years. She has been part of the organization for the five years, as well as the Academy Orchestra. In 2015, she was accepted into the FMEA All-State Middle School Band and, in 2016 and 2017, the FMEA All-State Concert Band. Charlotte sat first chair at the Florida State University's Tri-State Band Festival in 2017. She has performed with Grammy award-winning artist, Nestor Torres, and has performed with Terry Barber, founder of Artists for a Cause, numerous times. She has also been in the Florida Flute Association Senior Honors Choir, IRSC Four County Honor Band, and was the substitute flute for the Indian River Pops Orchestra. Charlotte has played for the Martin County Arts Council, the Florida Oceanographic Center, and the Elliott Museum. In 2015, she received the Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award. Since 2013, she has received several superior ratings at District and State Solo and Ensemble on flute, piccolo, and trombone.

Currently, Charlotte is the principal flute player of the Martin County High School Symphonic Band and a section leader of the Tiger Regiment. In college, Charlotte wishes to double major in business and flute performance. She would like to express gratitude to the Treasure Coast Symphony for this scholarship, as well as the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. She would also like to thank her parents, friends, and mentors who have guided her through her musical journey thus far.

Kayla Dunnuck, piano (2019 Winner)

Kayla Dunnuck is a junior at Martin County High School and has been playing piano for six (6) years.  She began studying piano at the Stuart School of Music under Billy Borovina for two (2) years and is currently studying with Cynthia Kessler.  She has participated in the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Summer Music Camp and was accepted into the Honors program.  At the summer camp, she attended masterclasses with Dr. Paul Posnak. She has also participated in the National Guild of Piano Auditions and the National Federation Music Clubs Festival for three (3) years receiving top Superior ratings.
Kayla is currently a member of the Martin County High School Jazz Band, and has accompanied various instrumentalists and choirs on piano.
Along with piano studies, she sings in the Martin County High School OPUS, a nationally recognized choir directed by Shane C. Thomas and has participated in the Indian River State College honor’s choir for five (5) years.  She has participated in State and District Solo and Ensemble for voice for two (2) years receiving superiors in both years.  She has also participated in the All-State Competition for five (5) years and was selected for both the Women and the Concert choirs in Tampa.  This year she is a member of the OPUS chamber choir and is also participating in Solo and Ensemble for piano. Kayla would like to pursue music by double majoring in piano performance and computer engineering. 

Brandon Gunter, cello (2017 Winner)

Brandon Gunter is a home-schooled freshman in high school.  He has been playing the cello since the age 5 when he began studying the Suzuki Method under the instruction of Cynthia Hinkelman.  From there, he has studied under several internationally known instructors including Dr. Claudio Jaffe from Yale University and Jackie Robbins from Oberlin University.  Brandon is currently studying under Dr. Ashley Garritson of Northwestern University and University of Miami.  He was invited and attended master classes with Udi Bar-David of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Alan Harrell of the Cleveland Orchestra, and David Cole of Lynn University.
For the past three years, Brandon has been a member of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony and the Academy Orchestra.   He also is a member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra.  Brandon enjoys playing piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, double bass, and serving in his church orchestra, band, and choir.  Upon graduation, he would like to pursue music at a top-tier university with career aspirations of composing and arranging his own music. 

Megan Savage, cello (2016 Winner)

Megan Savage is in the eleventh grade and has been playing cello for nine years, and piano for twelve years.  She found her love for music in the seventh grade when she joined the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.  Megan is currently principle cellist of two orchestras, one being the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, and is studying under Jackie Robbins.  In addition, she has studied under Adrianna Stenvik and Bill Hawthorne.  Megan has played with world-renowned musicians such as Terry Barber and Francesco Attesti, and has participated in the Academy Orchestra for four seasons.  She was accepted into the Florida AllState Concert Orchestra, Florida AllState Symphonic Orchestra and the National Honor Orchestra of America for the Music For All Festival in Indianapolis, IN for 2015 and 2016.  Megan attended University of Miami’s Frost School of Music summer music camp, and was accepted into the Advanced/Honors program.  She was invited to perform in a pre-collegiate master class for the American String Teachers Association 2016 National Convention.  In addition, She won first place at FACCS state solo competition for her seventh- and eighth- grade years, and received a superior rating for her solo performance at the MPA competition.  She has been playing for churches with cello since the age of fourteen, and with piano since the age of thirteen.

Megan is dual-enrolled at Indian River State College and plans to graduate with her Associate in Arts degree by the end of her senior year in high school.  She was placed on the college’s Dean’s List three times for achieving a high GPA.  She is also a member of the National Honor Society through the college.  From there Megan would like to achieve her Bachelor’s and then Master’s in music performance and continue to perform and teach music.  She thanks her parents, family members and friends and gives God the glory for her talent and abilities.

Brooke Gunter, violin (2015 Winner)

Brooke Gunter is an eighth grade, classically trained violinist who began the Suzuki Method at the age of 5 under Cynthia Hinkelman.  She has studied under several other nationally and internationally recognized instructors including Cindy Camp of the Julliard Conservatory, Steven Majesty of the Curtis Institute and the Cleveland Orchestra, and Alexsandr Zhuk of the Moscow Conservatory.  She is currently studying under Carole Simmons of the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.

Brooke has been a member of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony since 2011.  She is currently a first violinist with the Youth Symphony and has won a merit award and several scholarships since she began.  In 2011, at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, she was handpicked by Kimberly Fisher, the principle second of the Philadelphia Orchestra, to be part of a violin-only intense study program for two weeks.  Recently, she received two superior marks in the senior concerto division for Federation Association for violin. This entitles her to go to State competition in Jacksonville in the beginning of May. 

Brooke wants to make the violin a part of her career choice and would like to study at a top-tier musical conservatory.  She also enjoys playing guitar, viola, and cello, serving in her church orchestra, band, and choir, and lots of reading.

Ryan Cox, soprano saxophone (2015 Winner)

Ryan Cox is a junior at Jensen Beach High School. He is first chair alto saxophone in the Symphonic band and the Jazz band, JB2, both under the direction of Mr. Thomas Dougherty.  Ryan has studied under Dr. Timothy McAllister (2015 Grammy Award winner) of the University of Michigan and the PRISM saxophone quartet at Interlochen Saxophone Institute, and has also studied under Mr. Bill Sears in the Jazz Program at Interlochen.  For two summers at Cannon Music Camp, he was selected to be first chair saxophone in the Wind Ensemble, the Honors Saxophone Quartet and the Jazz Ensemble. He also attended the Juilliard Jazz Summer Residency.  Ryan was named to the 2014 FMEA All-State Concert Band and the 2012 FMEA All-State Middle School Honors Band. In 2014, he participated in the Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival and the University of Florida Adolphe Sax Bicentennial High School Saxophone Competition. Over the past three years, Ryan received Superior ratings at the Solo & Ensemble Festival on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone, on standard university level repertoire. Ryan has studied saxophone under Al Hager and Anthony Ciccarelli, and he is also a piano student of Ms. Cynthia Kessler at the Stuart School of Music where he has received superior ratings in the National Piano Guild and NFMC Festival for the past 5 years.

As a Drum Major of the Jensen Beach High Marching Band, Ryan helped the band win the Grand Champion Award in the Emerald Division of the Crown Jewel Marching Band Festival in Vero Beach, and for the band to receive straight superior ratings in their Musical Performance Assessment this past fall. In 2013 and 2014, he was awarded the Instrumentalists Magazine Musicianship Award from his high school.

Ryan is an active Student Performing Artist with Artists for a Cause, where he has participated in Singing with the Stars, Therapeutic Arts, and Dance for Food. He also enjoys performing on keyboard and saxophone with the jazz quintet, The Falcon Five.

Ryan plans to double major in Mechanical Engineering and Music Performance on Saxophone in college. He is very excited to perform for the first time with an orchestra, and wishes to thank the Treasure Coast Symphony for allowing him to be a part of their 30-year anniversary performance.

Christopher Martin (2014 Winner)

Christopher Martin is an 18-year-old resident of Jensen Beach, Florida, and is currently a senior at Jensen Beach High School. Chris began studying music for the tuba at the age of 9 under the direction of Mr. William Lindner at St. Joseph Catholic School. Chris joined the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony in eighth grade and has been their principle tuba player for the past two years. He has performed with the Academy Orchestra and the Treasure Coast Symphony.  Chris has played in his high school’s highest-level band, under the direction of Thomas Dougherty, for the past four years, and has been their principal tuba for the past three years. He has also been part of his high school’s marching band for the past four years and has held various leadership positions for the past three years. He has been the principal tuba in the Four County Honor Band for the past three years and has been selected to play at the Tri-State Festival in Tallahassee for the past two years. Over the summer of 2013, Chris was the only tuba selected to play for the Florida State University Honors Chamber Winds Ensemble, which is regarded as the highest wind ensemble offered during the summer. He has been nominated for the 2014 Pathfinder Award for Music from Jensen Beach High School. In 2011 and 2013 he was awarded the Instrumentalists Magazine Musicianship Award from his high school. Chris plans to continue his musical studies in college and eventually earn an advanced degree in Brass Performance. Chris wishes to thank the Treasure Coast Symphony for this scholarship and for allowing him the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra.

Savanna Webber (2013 Winner)

Savanna Webber is a sixteen year old sophomore at Martin County High School. She is a second year first soprano in MCHS OPUS, a world winning choir directed by the famous Ronald L. Corbin. She has been studying with Rita De Petris Vallis for eight and a half years. Savanna plans on perusing a career in vocal performance and hopes to perform one day at an opera house, specifically the Metropolitan Opera or Paris Opera House. Some colleges she will be applying to are: the Julliard School, Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Rider University, the New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Elon, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and much more.  She would like to to thank the Treasure Coast Symphony for giving her such an amazing opportunity and experience! 

Alexa Danielle Grohowski, viola (2012 Co-Winner)

Alexa is a 17-year-old resident of Port Saint Lucie, Florida. She is a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, where she is a Diploma Candidate of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Alexa began her musical studies on the violin at 7 years of age under the tutelage of Dr. John Enyart, and has been playing the viola since she was 8 years old. She is currently the assistant principal violist of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, the principal violist of the Lincoln Park Academy High School Chamber String Ensemble, a member of the Saint Bernadette Orchestra, a member of the Space Coast Symphony, a member of the Academy Orchestra, and the violist of the Pemberley String Quartet. Alexa was selected to perform as a violist in the 2012 11th-12th grade All-State Orchestra. Furthermore, she was a featured soloist on the WQCS broadcast of the Young Musician Spotlight last spring. Alexa also plays the flute, and is currently the principle flutist, the woodwind section leader, and the student conductor of the Lincoln Park Academy Wind Ensemble. In addition, she performed as the principal flutist of the 11th-12th grade Four-County Honor Band at Indian River State College in January. Over the summer of 2010, Alexa attended the Florida State University Summer Music Camp for Orchestra, where she was placed as the principal violist of the highest ensemble, the Symphonic String Orchestra. Alexa presently studies with Cynthia Camp, a Juilliard graduate, and aspires to become an orchestral violist and a freelance poet. In the fall, she will begin her collegiate studies of Undergraduate Music Performance.

Amanda Grohowski, violin (2012 Co-Winner)

Amanda is 15 years old, a resident of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and a sophomore at Lincoln Park Academy, where she is an Anticipated Candidate in the International Baccalaureate Programme. Amanda began her musical studies under Dr. John Enyart on the violin when she was 5 years old, and she was accepted into the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony in the seventh grade, where she subsequently served as assistant concertmistress. Additionally, she was the concertmistress of the Guarneri Orchestra at the 2009 Florida State University Summer Music Camp. Amanda performs regularly at the Saint Bernadette Catholic Church both as a soloist and as a member of the Saint Bernadette Orchestra. She is also a member of the Lincoln Park Academy High School Chamber String Ensemble and the Academy Orchestra. Amanda is the second violinist of the Pemberley String Quartet. In addition to her accomplishments on the violin, Amanda is proficient on the oboe. She is the principal oboist of the Lincoln Park Academy Wind Ensemble, and she performed in January as the principal oboist of both the 9th-10th grade Four-County Honor Band at Indian River State College and the Saint Lucie County Honor Band. She also performed as the assistant principal oboist of the wind orchestra of the Miami Honor Band in February. Amanda currently studies with Cynthia Camp, a Juilliard graduate, and although she has more time to decide than her sister, she also hopes to pursue a career in music.

Michelle Bessemer, violin (2011)

Michelle Bessemer, a native of Port St. Lucie, Florida, began studying violin at the age of eight.  She received her early training as a student of Dr. John Enyart, (graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music).   Currently, she is a scholarship student of Dr. Routa Kroumovitch (graduate of Moscow Conservatory) at Stetson University where she is completing a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.  Additionally, Michelle is studying conducting with Maestro Anthony Hose and organ with Dr. Boyd Jones.  

Ms. Bessemer has performed as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist.   She has held the position of assistant concert master from 2008- 2010 and co principle from 2009-present in Stetson University’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at places such as Carnegie Hall, Kravis Center, Lyric Theatre, Watson Chamber Music Hall, among others.  In 2009, she attended the Schlern International Music Festival in Voels am Schlern, Italy where she received intensive music training as both a soloist and chamber musician. While in Italy, Michelle performed in multiple diverse locations including renaissance churches, city halls, and medieval castles. In 2008, she also appeared at William Walton’s Ischia, Italy Estate, La Mortella with the Stetson University Symphony Orchestra in performances of Walton’s First Symphony and his one-act opera, The Bear.  

Michelle is a current member of the Academy Orchestra of the Treasure Coast, who has just released the CD, Angelo Casto e Bel, a compilation of most loved opera arias featuring Grammy winner and acclaimed American tenor Gabriel Silva.  In 2010, she played in collaboration with American composer Marvin Hamlisch and as a member of the St. Bernadette Orchestra in Port St. Lucie, she performed with vocalist/songwriter Tina Luce.   Additionally, Michelle has served as orchestral member of the Treasure Coast Youth Orchestra for seven years, and in 2007 appeared as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (Allegro molto appassionato).  She also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts Chamber Music Institute where she was invited to perform J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto BWV 1043 with the NCSA’s Summer Orchestra.  Upon graduation in December 2011, Michelle looks forward to pursing a Master of Music in Violin Performance.

Kathryn Adams, cello (2010 Co-Winner)

At age eight, Kathryn Adams began her cello studies and is currently a student of Professor Joachim Bischof of Vero Beach who is on the faculty at Bach’s Children Music School. Now a high school junior, she has been the principal cellist with the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony since seventh grade. She is also principal cellist in the Morningside Academy Orchestra and plays with the Enyart String Quartet.  Additionally, Kathryn plays with the Morningside Church Praise Team on Sundays. Kathryn won first place for string solo competition in the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) in grades 3-8, and placed in the top three in high school. Kathryn played with the Florida All-State Orchestra in 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades and was recently invited to play with the Stetson University Cello Choir in a Cellobration Concert. In the spring of 2008, Kathryn was chosen to play in a side-by-side concert with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. Kathryn soloed, along with Melissa Enyart, on the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto in the fall of 2008. In the fall of 2009, Kathryn won the Concerto Competition sponsored by the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony and will be soloing with them in their Spring 2010 Concert Series. Kathryn also won the Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Treasure Coast Symphony and will be playing the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor with the Treasure Coast Symphony on Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 PM in the Fort Pierce Central High School Performing Arts Center. Kathryn is the daughter of John and Jana Adams of Port Saint Lucie, FL.

William Li, flute (2010 Co-Winner)

William Li is an IB Junior, age 16, at South Fork High School where he plays principle flute in the SFHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.
Mr. Li aspires to double major in Chemical Engineering and Music Performance on flute.
His idols include Ian Anderson and Greg Pattillo and Project Trio.

William has studied with Amy Clark, Tina Burr, and Lindsay Hager.

He has performed in the Tri-State Band Festival at Florida State University, the University of Miami Honors Band, the Florida Flute Association Senior Honors Choir, WQCS Young Musician Spotlight 2009, and is one of the two soloists for the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition.

Mr. Li has been selected to perform in the American High School Performance Series Honor Band at Carnegie Hall this summer.

Hantz J. Mettellus (2010 Co-Winner)

Born in Haiti on July 12, 1992, Hantz started learning music (recorder) with his father at the age of 4. Then he had begun to learn the piano. He played in several recital among the students of his Father's music school "Academie de l'Art Musical".

At 13 years old, following his father's advice, he had agreed to play the violin. Nine months later, he had started to play the viola as well. Since then, he keeps on progressing very fast. He then went to another teacher two years ago, Mr Tim Barnes for the viola.

In June 2007, the staff of the Florida Youth Orchestra (FYO) invited Hantz to be part of the Orchestra. With the FYO, in March 2008, he performed in the most prestigious classical concert hall in New York "Carnegie Hall".

Currently, Hantz is taking music lesson with Patrick Clifford at the Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) where in November 2009, he received "Student of the month". He was the winner of the competition hosted by PBAU and he is going to play solo with the Palm Beach Orchestra in February 26, 2010.

Hantz plays also with the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra as a guest. At Centennial High School, he plays the piano jazz, guitar bass, and percussion. He is teaching music at Academie de l'Art Musical, his father music school. He is a composer and author of 3 songs. He is the pianist of New Jerusalem Worship Center, where he's a member of. Hantz also received a plethora of awards, plaques, and certificates. 

Rachel Phillips, marimba (2010 Co-Winner)

Rachel Phillips began studying piano at age 3 and percussion at age 10. She has won numerous district, state and national soloist awards for performing on timpani, snare drum, piano and marimba.  Rachel was featured on marimba on WQCS’s Young Artist Spotlight in 2009. She has performed as a percussionist in honor bands at the county, district and state levels, and will travel to New York this June to perform at Carnegie Hall with the National High School Honor Band.
Rachel is a member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, Florida Percussive Arts Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She performs with the Treasure Coast Percussion Academy Ensemble, Fort Pierce Central High School Band and Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra. Rachel volunteers as instructor of the drum line at Forest Grove Middle School where she has recently been named their 2010 Teen Volunteer of the year.
Rachel is a Junior in dual enrollment at Indian River State College and Fort Pierce Central High School. She plans to continue her musical studies at the University of Central Florida upon graduation. Miss Phillips is a percussion student of Mr. Ron Hughes.