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Lillian B. Lamoureux Music Scholarship

Each spring, the NBSO is pleased to accept applications for the Lillian B. Lamoureux Music Scholarship. Scholarships may be used for private music lessons, tuition, or other expenses that further the student’s music education.

The scholarship competition is open to all South Coast music students ages 14-21. Scholarship finalists will be invited to audition before the scholarship committee at UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, one to a high school student and one to a college student.

The Lillian B. Lamoureux Scholarship, awarded by the NBSO since 2000, continues to recognize the legacy of former President Emerita and longtime board President Lillian B. Lamoureux.

Elisa Birdseye Youth Orchestra Scholarship

The Elisa Birdseye Youth Orchestra Scholarship was established by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra to recognize and thank Elisa for her outstanding service, both past and present, as NBSO librarian, personnel manager, and violist. Elisa is an integral part of the NBSO’s success and her cheerful spirit and deep love of music beautifully expresses the orchestra’s mission to build a community of music on the South Coast. The scholarship is available to deserving student musicians who need financial assistance to participate in the NBSO’s youth orchestra program.

The Furtado Family Scholarship

For nearly sixty years, members of the Furtado family have made music with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. During that time, their talent and passion for music have made a major contribution to the growth and impact of the NBSO in the community. Moreover, as teachers they have shared that talent and passion with countless students throughout the South Coast, enriching the lives of those students and our community as a whole.

In recent years, four members of the family—Judith Stoltenberg, Teresa Ouellette, Susan Bouley, and Marilyn Melanson—played in the orchestra. Upon the completion of the 2017-18 season, they informed the NBSO that it was time to bring this amazing musical run to a close and retire from the orchestra.

But a musical legacy like that of the Furtado family can never really “retire.” To recognize this and to thank the Furtado family for all it has done for the NBSO and the music community of the South Coast, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to announce that it has established the Furtado Family Scholarship. This scholarship, which will provide financial aid to students in the NBSO’s youth orchestra programs, will be just one of the many ways that the Furtado family’s legacy of making music and bringing the joy of music to others will always be a part of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the South Coast community.

Information about the youth orchestra program and the form to apply for financial aid can be found at semayo.org/auditions-and-program-info