McPherson String Scholarship

Created by Dr. and Mrs. Richard McPherson in 1998, the McPherson String Scholarship fund provides string players in grades 7-12 the opportunity to receive need-based assistance in pursuing training on their instrument. Scholarship winners are selected through an annual application process and receive $300 to use for private lessons or participation in a summer music camp.

This year, thirteen scholarships of $300 each will be awarded. Awards may be used towards private lessons or summer music camps.

To apply, students should complete and submit the following:

  1. Student Application form
  2. Student Essay describing how the scholarship will help them in their musical pursuits. Essays should be between 100-300 words and may be submitted in a document or in the body of an email.
  3. Teacher Evaluation completed by their private teacher or ensemble director.

This year, we strongly encourage you to submit materials via email to the address listed on the application (

Mailed applications will still be accepted, but must be received (not just postmarked) by the deadline.

The application deadline for the scholarships is May 17, 2021. Students who have received a McPherson String Scholarship within the last two years are not eligible.

Notifications will be emailed from the LSO by May 24, 2021. Scholarship recipients must acknowledge their awards by phone or email no later than May 28 in order to receive the funds. The scholarship awards will be paid directly to the music camps or private music instructors of the recipients’ choice.

Keller Concerto Competition

IMPORTANT: The 2021 Keller Competition has been cancelled. The next Competition is planned to take place in summer 2022. Check back here for details.

The Allan W. Keller Memorial Award was established in 1973 to inspire and aid talented area youths in their musical aspirations. This annual competition has allowed young artists to share their musical gifts as featured soloists with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and to advance their musical studies with a $500 scholarship.

Each year, up to three winners, ages 22 and under, are selected from the Competition to perform a concerto selection with the Orchestra.