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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 (A2SO) are pleased to announce the formation of two new scholarships designed for a graduating senior at Pinckney Community High School and at Ypsilanti Community High to attend a college, university or technical school in a general field of study. These are in addition to scholarships for a Pinckney and Ypsilanti High School graduating senior in music- or arts-related field that began in 2017.

The scholarships will be awarded at the spring 2018 graduation ceremonies at the community high schools. Each of the one-year, $2,500 scholarship is based on 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.

A. Michael Young is the son of a German immigrant who earned a living as a photographer in Detroit, Michigan. His mother was a piano accompanist at several Detroit Public Schools and Churches. He attended a cooperative school (work-study program) to help fund his undergraduate degree and completed graduate work in biochemistry with the help of research assistantships.

Remedios Montalbo Young was born and raised in the Philippines Islands. After earning a Chemistry degree, she was offered teaching/research fellowships in the United States to complete her post-graduate degree. Her formative years were shaped by a strong spirit of hard work and moral ethics instilled by her parents and guardians. Pursuit of higher education was encouraged as a means of escaping poverty.

Both Youngs enjoyed 30-plus year careers as Research Scientists at Parke-Davis / Warner-Lambert / Pfizer. Over the years, they along with their sons, Ricardo and Michael developed their love of Washtenaw and Livingston (where they now reside) Counties, education, youth, volunteerism, and music.

The A2SO maintains a vibrant and successful partnership with Livingston County Schools as exemplified by the hugely popular “Side-by-Side” concerts held annually at Pinckney School, as well as decades of service to the school through the Ensemble Program and other Youth Education programs. Ypsilanti Schools have been the focus of the A2SO’s Youth Education programs, and the Ypsilanti Community Farmers Markets are home to the A2SO’s Summertime Taste of Music Program.

Counselors at each school will help direct graduating seniors to apply for the scholarship.

The Scholarships shall be awarded regardless of race, sex, sexual preference, creed, color, religion or country of origin. Prior academic performance, citizenship, extra-curricular activities, and recommendations from non-faculty individuals as well as the motivation, character, ability, and potential of the applicants will be considered.

2017 winners were Pinckney High School’s Alexander Hazelton to attend Michigan State University, Kanielle Knapp to attend Saginaw Valley State University, and Kylie Taft to attend the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University; and Ypsilanti High Schools’s Nathan Krannitz to attend Albion University.


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