Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

EPO Student Scholarship

Each season the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra offers youth scholarships for up to four talented orchestral musicians currently studying at the secondary school or college/university level. Students studying music privately with intent for a career in music should apply.

The goal of this scholarship is to provide young musicians with orchestral experience, professional mentorship and some financial assistance to support their music studies.

Auditions are held each spring for the following orchestral season. The scholarship term will last from September to June. Successful candidates will be expected to attend all EPO rehearsals and to perform at the five EPO season concerts.

Scholarship Sponsors

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2014-2015 Winners

Steven Wolwyn

Steven Wolwyn began playing double bass in 2009 when he was 13 years of age. In February 2012, he began to study music more seriously and started playing double bass outside of school. He joined the Etobicoke Youth Strings a month later, eventually joining the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra that same year. Once becoming a member of the orchestra, he greatly increased his amount of practising time and began taking private lessons with Ian Medley. By the end of the EPO season, his abilities had greatly improved and he was honoured to be one of the students chosen to receive the EPO Student Scholarship.

Steven also plays other musical instruments such as Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums. He also studies Jazz and Theory with Onofrio Virdo, and is currently learning Harmony at A Sharp School of Music. He also plays drums in an indie rock band and plays bass guitar in a punk band. In addition he has interest in various sports such as Basketball, Football and Soccer.

Steven's plans for the upcoming year include auditioning for various post-secondary music programs at Humber College, University of Toronto, and Western University.

Blaise Gratton

Blaise Gratton is a Grade 11 student at Etobicoke School of the Arts. He has been playing tuba for 2 years, having switched from tenor saxophone in Grade 9. He has quickly made tuba his passion and plays with several school ensembles, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and the Ontario Honour Band. A tubist whose first love is symphonic music, Blaise is thrilled to play with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Blaise is also an avid composer. His orchestral work, Tritones & Semitones, won Most Promising High School Composer in EPO's inaugural Young Composer's Competition. Blaise studies Grade 10 piano, tuba and music theory privately. He can imagine no better future than a life devoted to music.

Katie Chen

Katie Chen, born in China, began playing the cello in Grade 6 with the John G. Althouse music program. She quickly developed a passion for the instrument and since then has pursued many opportunities to improve her musicianship as a student cellist. Katie has studied with various teachers including Tom Mueller and Joowon Kim and is the current principal cellist of Ontario Strings Association Youth Orchestra. In addition, she is a member of many music ensembles at her high-school, Martingrove CI, including her own quartet. She hopes to study a post-secondary education in either business or psychology, but the cello will always remain an integral part of her identity.

Harry Rollo

Harry Rollo began studying the trumpet while studying at Sacred Heart Catholic High School. He went on to study classical performance at York University where he is currently in his third year. Along with playing for the Etobicoke Philharmonic, Harry is a member the York University Symphony Orchestra, the York University Wind Ensemble, and The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as performing with various artists across the GTHA. In 2012 his high school band competed in Boston, where he was awarded "Best Soloist". This year he was awarded the EPO Student Scholarship. Harry currently studies with Michael Fedyshyn.

Hannah Teminsky

Hannah Teminsky began her musical training at the age of seven on the piano and started playing the horn at age thirteen. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she studied under Laurie Matiation, third horn of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. While also pursuing private studies, Ms. Teminsky earned a performance certificate from the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music in Calgary in addition to completing Royal Conservatory grade ten exams on both horn and piano before graduating high school. Hannah is currently a fourth year student at the University of Toronto and studies with Audrey Good, second horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

2013-2014 Winners

  • Dayoung Seo
  • Petros Giannopoulos
  • Max Gargaro
  • Steven Wolwyn

2012-2013 Winners

  • Anthony Reyes
  • Dayoung Seo
  • Kevin Sleno
  • Peter Bye

2011-2012 Winners

  • Dayoung Seo, Cello
  • Angel Ji, Cello
  • Satoko Kaneko, Violin