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

Long & McQuade LogoLong and McQuade Musical Instruments - $1000

2013-2014 Winners

Dayoung Seo

Dayoung Seo, born in South Korea, began her music education on piano at age six. After immigrating to Canada in 2001, she began playing cello at age 11 with the instrumental music program at John G. Althouse Middle School. At age 16, she started taking lessons from Daniela Kepowicz. She continued playing cello throughout highschool years as part of the music program at Martingrove Collegiate Institute, where she participated in various school music ensembles as the sectional leader. Dayoung played with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra for the 2009-2010 season and has been playing with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007. She is the winner of the Bernie Reuben Music Award, the Toronto Secondary School Music Teachers' Association scholarship, Peter A. Goulding & Frank (Barry) White String Scholarship, Laura Kinton Muir Prize, Percy Faith Award, and is the winner of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra Student Scholarship for four consecutive years. She has performed in several chamber music master classes and takes interest in performing contemporary music. Dayoung has studied with Rachel Mercer and Joowon Kim, and is currently studying under Shauna Rolston. She is working towards completing her undergraduate degree in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Petros Giannopoulos

Petros Giannopoulos began playing the double bass in 2005 at the age of 10 during middle school at John G. Althouse. He continued his music studies at Martingrove Collegiate Institute where he is currently in his fifth year. Petros has been taking private lessons under the instruction of Ian Medley for the past two years. He has been a very avid member of a large variety of school groups including stage bands, orchestras, and chamber orchestras. In addition Petros was a member of the TSYO (Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra)in their 2012/2013 season, and is now a member of the OSAYO (Ontario Strings Association Youth Orchestra) and currently in his second season with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. He aspires to study music education or musical performance at the University of Toronto or Western University.


Max Garagaro

Max Gargaro began his study of the trumpet at age 10. He is studying under Sam Cancellera and is currently in Grade 12 at Martingrove Collegiate Institute. He has travelled to New Orleans, California and France with school music groups and has had experienced a wide range of performance opportunities. He has developed an interest for orchestral music over the past couple years after being a member of his school orchestra. He has played in the Etobicoke Youth Band throughout his high school years and has been a guest trumpet player for the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 2 years. Now in his Grade 12 year he has become a permanent member of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.




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.

2012-2013 Winners

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

2011-2012 Winners

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