Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.

Scholarship Recipients, 2019

Recipients of CSOL scholarships entertained an appreciative audience at the Bishop Gadsden Chapel on Sunday May 5, the annual first Sunday of May recital date. Pictured, left to right: Benjamin Kremer, violin; Lydia Pless, cello; Reed Kutz, piano; Eric Hong, piano; Alyssa Noones, voice; Emma Joyce, violin


The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL) supports the Charleston Symphony in its mission to provide educational opportunities for the children and youth of our community. The Education Committee of the CSOL provides three scholarship programs for talented young musicians. Qualified applicants audition and scholarships are awarded based on audition results. In addition, Charleston Symphony Musician Summer Study Scholarships totaling up to $5,000 are awarded to Charleston Symphony members for their creative and professional development summer activities


College Scholarships are available for graduating seniors who plan to major in music performance, therapy or education. This year 10 students auditioned.


The 9th annual David and Karen Stahl Memorial College Scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to
Benjamin Kremer, violin, Charleston County School of the Arts.


Three College Scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded to
David Ginn, trumpet, Wando High School
Eliza Turner, voice, Wando High School
Allyssa Noone, voice, Ashley Hall


Matching Grant Scholarships of $500 for private study are awarded to members of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra.
This year, 6 students auditioned and matching grants are awarded to
Lydia Pless, cello, Academic Magnet High School
Mion Smith, violin, Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Marshall McArthur, viola, Charleston County School of the Arts
Jennifer Lee, violin, Academic Magnet High School
Tes Smoak, trombone, Charleston County School of the Arts

In addition, the CSOL will provide $1,000 for need-based scholarships for Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra tuition and will award financial need scholarships for private lesson to CSYO and String Ensemble members.


Summer Study Scholarships of varying amounts are awarded to students who are attending summer music camps and for summer private lessons. This year 61 students auditioned and the following 25 are awarded scholarships totaling $13,895:

Recipients of the Ruth and Barry Goldsmith Award*
Caleb Borick*, piano, homeschooled
Reed Kurtz*, homeschooled
*A supplement for students with highly successful auditions to support participation in music festivals.

Ryan Foust, piano, Charleston County School of the Arts
Eric Hong, piano, Whitesides Elementary School
David Wang, piano, Academic Magnet High School
Angela Mei, piano, Charleston County School of the Arts
Jonathan Mei, piano, Belle Hall Elementary School
Vanesa Nguyen, piano, Carolina Park Elementary School
Emma Joyce, violin, Charleston County School of the Arts
Harry Ding, piano, Buist Academy
Jason Guo, piano, Academic Magnet High School
Marcus Loucks, clarinet, Summerville High School
Teague McCracken, clarinet, Stratford High School
Ishraq Hague, piano, Academic Magnet High School
Peyton Smith, flute, Wando High School
Rosie Valmores, flute, Ashley Ridge High School
Carrie Vaughn, clarinet, Summerville High School
Erikah Rooman, clarinet, Ashley Ridge High School
Lindy Turner, voice, Charleston County School of the Arts
Kimberly Do, piano, Charleston County School of the Arts
Lily Lassiter, piano, Academic Magnet High School
Audrey Marx, oboe/English horn, Wando High School
Capers Tabrizian, violin, Charleston County School of the Arts
Luke Johnson, cello, homeschooled
Michael Zhang, piano, Porter Gaud


A Johanna Bowen Scholarship Fund award will be made to two students for summer study. The Johanna Bowen Scholarship Fund gives the committee discretion to augment monies for special needs not initially identified in the application process.


In addition, the League awarded scholarships to Charleston Symphony musicians for summer study as follows:
Debra Sherrill-Ward – to support her horn camp
Norbert Lewondowski – Edinburgh Summer Festival, performance of commissioned original music.
Chris Lingren – Verbier Festival (Switzerland)
Regina Yost – International Flute Festival (Costa Rica)
Jan-Marie Joyce – Breckenridge Music Festival
Thomas Joyce – Breckenridge Music Festival
Christian Zamora – Chicago Suzuki Inst. Teacher Training
Kari Kisler – Savvy Musician Workshop, USC School of Music
Jessica Hull-Dambaugh – Private Lesson study