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Vargas-Vetter/Ukena Fellowship

The New York Youth Symphony is proud to be able to offer five Vargas-Vetter/Ukena Fellowships each season. Students from underserved communities between the ages of 12 and 22 in the NYYS orchestra, chamber music, jazz, conducting, composition, and musical theater composition programs are eligible to apply for the fellowships which will last one or two years. Awarded fellows will participate in NYYS programs (including performances, rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and workshops) and receive a $5,000 stipend to offset costs of NYYS fees, private lessons, travel, and instrument maintenance. Fellows will be paired with a mentor who will guide them throughout their fellowship and work together to advise them on their musical education and career goals. Five fellowships will be awarded. Fellows are eligible to receive a full-tuition scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer music camp. Fellows will participate in NYYS community outreach activities.

Applications are now closed. Please check back in October 2019 for the 2019-20 fellowship application.

These fellowships are made possible through the generosity of NYYS trustee Rima Vargas-Vetter and her husband, Paul Ukena.



2018/19 Vargas-Vetter/Ukena Fellows

2017/18 Fellows