Keller Concerto Competition

The Allan W. Keller Memorial Award was established in 1975 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. 

2023-24 Keller Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023-24 Keller Memorial Award Scholarship:

Madison Cantey, Voice
Olivia Hodge, Violin
Tara Kim, Piano

As the LSO is conducting a Music Director search in the 2023-24 season, each conducting candidate will lead one concert cycle over the season. Each Keller winner will be assigned to ONE of the following concert cycles: 

– Wed-Sat, November 15-18, 2023, 7:30pm 

– Wed-Sat, April 3-6, 2024, 7:30pm 

– Wed-Sat, May 8-11, 2024, 7:30pm

Please email questions to

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.

Applications for the 2024 scholarship cycle will open in January 2024.