Youth Activities and Scholarships


The Great Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Great Miami Youth Symphony is the official youth orchestra of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra Association.
We again welcome Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Homes as our  2016-2017 Season  Sponsor!

Under the direction of conductors Sarah Blumberg, Matthew Kirkendahl and Paul Stanbery, the orchestra enjoys state-wide recognition.
Rehearsals are held weekly at Wilson Middle School on Eaton Road in Hamilton, Mondays from 5:30 until 7:00pm.

Concert dates are listed under the “Concert Season” Link at the top of this page.

The all-high school aged orchestra numbers some 85 players, and performs three to four public concerts yearly. All members are required to pass a yearly audition and all are members of their music programs at school. For more information, please contact the HFSO at 513-895-5151  or email us at .

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Scholarship Opportunities

The HFSO sponsors and maintains three outstanding opportunities for young musicians.

The HFSO Guild Voice Award

A monetary award of $1,000 (First Place) and $500 (Second Place-awarded at the discretion of the judges)  to a young singers(s),
currently in college, and planning a career in opera, serious vocal study, or music education with an emphasis in voice.
Performance opportunities with the HFSO are also possible.

Eligible students must be a native of of Butler County, Ohio; or  a county that borders Butler County, Ohio.

Applications forms to be emailed to interested parties (see below)

Deadline to receive the completed application is Monday; March 20, 2017

Auditions on Saturday; March 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Applicants must supply their own pianist/accompanist.

Held at:
Zion Lutheran Church
212 South Front St.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Call 513-895-5151 or email us at for more information.


The Edward Kezur Awards ($2400)
Are presented to two outstanding members of the Great Miami Youth Symphony.
These $1200 awards are to be spent only on the further advanced musical growth.
Before his untimely death, Dr. Kezur expressed the desire that symphonic music have a future in our community through these awards.
Only members of the Great Miami Youth Symphony are eligible.
Applications must be postmarked TBD

Call 513-895-5151 or email us at for more information.

The David & Marge  Belew Young Artist Solo Competition for Orchestral Instrumentalists (including piano)

In addition to an award of $1000, the young artist will be given the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season.    The selection chosen must have an orchestral accompaniment available.     The award given will be at the discretion of the judges and must be used to further the young person’s musical development.   Deadline: TBD

Call 513-895-5151 or email us at for more information.

Classics For Kids (90.9 WGUC Public Radio)

Please visit Cincinnati Public Radio’s award winning youth website:

Resources for Musicians and Lessons

The HFSO acts as a resource for securing both music lessons and small ensembles in the community, churches and in schools.
Call 513-895-5151 or email us at for more information.

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