The ASO has committed itself to supporting music education and young musicians.  The Alton Symphony Orchestra is proud to sponsor our two educational programs, designed to help young musicians showcase their talents and further their music education through scholarships.   We encourage all young musicians to audition for the Marie Stillwell Young Artists' Competition and/or apply for The Saint Nicholas Scholarship.


The Marie Stillwell Young Artists' Competition

Also referred to as the ASO's Concerto Competition, the Marie Stillwell Young Artists' Competition is hosted annually for young musicians to compete for the chance to showcase their talents and win the opportunity to perform in concert with the Alton Symphony Orchestra.


Learn more about the Marie Stillwell Young Artists' Competition.

The Saint Nicholas Scholarship

The Saint Nicholas Scholarship, founded by the Alton Symphony Orchestra in 2018, is a scholarship for young musicians that are in need of financial assistance for private music lessons.  To be selected for this scholarship, the student must be a US citizen or permanent US resident, they must reside within a 125 mile radius of Alton, IL, they must be in good academic standing, and they must be involved in their school/school district's music ensembles or an equivalent community ensemble.

Learn more about The Saint Nicholas Scholarship.