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Senior Scholarship Competition


The Senior Scholarship Competition is for a graduating senior, planning to continue music instruction.  This competition is open to voice, instrumental, piano and organ students. The student's teacher must be a CNYAMT member in good standing for no less than three consecutive years. 

Application Deadline:  The completed application, entry fee, and entrant biography must be mailed (postmarked) or hand delivered to the competition chairperson by March 15, 2023.
No late entries will be accepted for any reason. 
A link to your YouTube audition video must be emailed to the competition chairperson by midnight on April 1, 2023 to
No late entries will be accepted for any reason.
Competition Chairperson:
Dana DiGennaro
241 Marsh Drive
DeWitt, NY 13214 (315) 254-9995


 2023 Senior Scholarship Competition Application 

2022 Winners


Bianca Lucas, voice, is a senior from Syracuse, attending Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She has been studying voice privately with Laura Enslin for eight years. Bianca received 2nd place in the CNYAMT Vocal Competition in 2021, and competed in the Civic Morning Musical Competition this past November. Bianca also received the Choral Award at FM in 11th grade, and plans to pursue a career in music education. Besides singing, Bianca studies flute with Dana DiGennaro and has been a member of Symphoria Youth Orchestra for 4 years. She was recently the winner of the FMHS Concerto Competition and was the 1st prize winner of the winds/brass/percussion division of the CNYAMT Instrumental Competition.

Bianca Lucas, Voice

Winner of $750

Marcellus native Kate O’Leary is a flutist and piccoloist.  Kate performs in ensembles such as All-County, Area All-State festivals, and Symphoria Young Artists Orchestra, where she is principal flute. She was recently selected at the winner of the Symphoria Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and will be a guest soloist with the orchestra, playing Mozart’s Concerto in G Major in May. She also is a member of Marcellus bands, choirs, Pit Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, for which she has also learned saxophone and clarinet.  Last year, the Society for New Music invited Kate to perform as a Rising Star at Cazenovia Counterpoint, where she had the honor of premiering Emily Graham’s Will-o’-Wisp.  Kate is currently a student of Dana DiGennaro and has previously studied with Erin Tapia. She plans to study music education in college.


Kate O’Leary, Flute

Winner of $750

This year's judge was Sean O’Loughlin (b.1972), the Principal Pops Conductor of the Victoria Symphony and the Principal Pops Conductor of Symphoria in Syracuse, NY. As a composer and arranger, his music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring. Commissions from the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra highlight and showcase his diverse musical abilities. As a conductor, he has led performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Atlanta  Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the Seattle Symphony amongst others. He has served as conductor for international tours with Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. He has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America with Josh Groban and NBC’s “A Very Pentatonix Christmas.”


​Through his growing number of commissioned and published works, Sean is excited to continue contributing to the rich history of orchestral and wind band literature. His music is published by Excelcia Music, Hal Leonard and Carl Fischer. He is a frequent guest conductor with professional orchestras and honor bands around the country. An annual ASCAP Special Awards winner, Sean was a composition fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, and holds composition degrees from New England Conservatory and Syracuse University.


Dana DiGennaro, Chairperson

CNYAMT Senior Scholarship Competition

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