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Financial Assistance


The A2SO offers financial assistance opportunities for music teachers and their students to participate in A2SO Education programs.

Bussing Subsidies Classroom Subsidies Adopt-a-school A2SO/Young Scholarship Donate


Bussing Subsidies for Youth Concerts (Deadline: November 1)

Open to public, private and home schools, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts offer a comprehensive educational experience that enriches in-school learning. Participating groups receive access to teaching materials that include lesson plans, student worksheets, and other media. The concert content aligns with educational standards and integrates with other curriculum areas, such as language arts and social studies.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has limited funding available to subsidize the cost of bussing to the Link Up and Middle School Youth Concerts. Schools traveling further than 20 miles and/or with greater than 20% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch will be considered. If you would like to apply for a bussing subsidy, please provide the necessary information on your Youth Concert Ticket Reservation form.

Classroom Subsidies for In-School Programs

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has funding available to subsidize the cost of In-School programs at Title I schools. These funds can be used to have an Instrument Petting Zoo, Classroom Concert, Music Mentor, or Conductor Workshop at your school. Contact Sarah Ruddy, Director of Education & Engagement, about availability of subsidies.

Adopt-a-School (Deadline: October 15)

Through the Adopt-a-School program the A2SO removes the financial barrier to schools’ participation in excellent music programs. Recipients of Adopt-a-School funds enjoy a comprehensive experience of A2SO Education Programs during the course of two successive school years. Teachers can choose to use their Adopt-a-School funds for In-School Programs, Youth Concert tickets, or to purchase tickets for their school families to attend Family Matinée concerts.

Past program participants include Bryant Elementary (Ann Arbor Public Schools), East Arbor Charter Academy (National Heritage Academies) and Estabrook Learning Community (Ypsilanti Community Schools).

Teachers who are interested in applying for Adopt-a-School funds should read the program details and complete the short online application by October 15. Decisions will be made by November 1. Funding will go to schools that demonstrate the most need and that represent diverse geographic locations. The number of schools “adopted” each year depends on the amount of funds available.

“My students really enjoyed all of the programming we have received so far. I heard wonderful feedback from parents and families that attended the Sing-Along with Santa, and had many parents express to me their gratitude for the opportunity. Most of the families that attended were low income or immigrant families and it was definitely something that they would not have had an opportunity to attend without the grant. My students were also thrilled with the Instrument Petting Zoos. Preparing for the petting zoos provided me the opportunity to teach about the different instruments of the orchestra and giving them a chance to hold and play those instruments was a great culmination. For most of my students, this was their first up close and personal experience with these instruments and I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them ended up choosing their lifelong instrument on that day.”
Kelly Krohn, Music Teacher at Bryant Elementary


 A2SO / Young Scholarship

Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young and the Ann Arbor Symphony introduced new scholarships for a graduating senior at Pinckney Community High School, and Ypsilanti Community High School, and the third under the auspices of St. Mary’s Church and School in Pinckney to attend a college, university or technical school in music- or arts-related field as well as other fields of study. The inaugural scholarships were awarded at each participating school’s special Awards Ceremonies based on merit, need, the student’s written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Kylie N. Taft, graduating senior from Pinckney High School, was awarded the school’s winner of the 2017 Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Scholarship. Taft, who will attend Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art this fall, will receive the $2,500 scholarship. Grace M. Kovacich, also from Pinckney High School, was a scholarship finalist.

Danielle A. Knapp and Alexander J. Hazelton are winners of the $2,500 scholarship under the auspices of St. Mary’s Church and School in Pinckney. Knapp will attend Saginaw Valley State University, and Hazelton will attend Michigan State University. Finalists include Hannah L. Kerns and Jacob S. Lindquist.

Nathan Krannitz, graduating senior from Ypsilanti Community High School, won the $2,500 scholarship to attend Albion College to study music education.

The scholarships were awarded at the spring 2017 Awards Ceremonies at each of the community high schools by Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Mary Steffek Blaske.

The scholarships were inspired by the Young’s deep pride in their community, their respect for education, their belief in the potential that is part of every youngster, and their abiding respect for the spirit of volunteerism. The A2SO, a resident, professional orchestra which serves Southeastern Michigan, provides concerts and music education, for all ages and in venues including concert halls, school auditorium, libraries, day care and senior centers, and farmer’s markets.

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