The Olivia Warley Gutoff Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2020, the Olivia Warley Gutoff Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior with outstanding talent on an orchestral instrument pursuing a college degree in music. The awardees must have participated in MCYO at least two consecutive years and must be intending to pursue a career in music with a priority for those majoring in music education. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including academic performance, an audition before a committee, and an essay/interview.

Olivia Gutoff, Former Artistic Director of MCYO, was a passionate music educator who inspired and made a difference in thousands of students’ lives throughout her career. She had a passion to teach and to make a difference in students’ lives whether they were pursuing a music career or not. The Olivia Warley Gutoff Memorial Scholarship is meant to support a young educator who wants to make a difference in people’s lives and who wants to pay forward the gift of music to others. The past winners are:

2020 Catherine Tran
2021 Alyssa Herman

Chester J. Petranek Scholarship

Established in 1996, the Chester J. Petranek College Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior with outstanding talent on an orchestral instrument, with the exception of piano. The awardees must have participated in MCYO at least two consecutive years and must be intending to pursue a career in music. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including academic performance, financial need, an audition before a committee and an interview. The past winners are:

1997 Luke Rowher, Jessica Kendall
1998 Patrick Fitzgerald, Caitlin Parsons, Bobbe Mosher
1999 Stephanie Park, James Kent
2000 Meredith Gangler, Carl Jensen
2001 Ji-Hea Choi, Megan Glowacki, Christina Newburgh
2002 Jessica Kuo, Reinaldo Moya
2003 Chris Barrick, Vincent Karamanov
2004 Rosalie Gilbert, Reinaldo Moya
2005 Adedeji Ogunfolu, Carol Ann Cheung, Jessica Zweig
2006 Luke Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Hughson, Madeleine Jansen
2007 Youn Lee
2008 Whitney Chou, Chao Xue, Amanda Lyon, Corey Sansolo
2009 Andrew Dobos
2010 Matt Johnson, Christine Chew, Kevin Downing, Kurtis Fedde, Adam Janus
2011 Emily Glassford, Rob Williams, Yuchi Ma, Emily Park
2012 Jessica Liu, Gabe Slesinger
2013 Vivian Franks
2014 Brian Kim, Jack Magann
2015 Ofer Cohen
2016 Leo Simon, Nathan Wade
2017 Jenna Wang
2018 Ashley Hsu, Isabella Lorenzo-Giguere
2019 Will Fowler, Cooper Cromwell-Whitley
2020 Grace Tifford, Briana Lin, Asha Kline, Cheryl Zhang
2021 Julian Saint Denis, Aaron Wong

Ruth R. Albright Scholarship

Established in 2006, the Ruth R. Albright Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior with outstanding talent on a string instrument. The awardee must have participated in MCYO at least two consecutive years and must be intending to pursue a career in music. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including academic performance, financial need, an audition before a committee and an interview. The past winners are:

2007 Ron Shalom
2008 Yoshiaki Horiguchi, Melissa Foge
2009 Cody Raum
2010 Nathaniel Taylor, Rebecca Garvey
2011 Kikki Tso, Joshua Coyne, Aurora Wheeland
2012 Emilio Carlo, Maggie Dixon, Zoe Loversky
2013 Patrick Fowler
2014 Kelley Jo Wallace, Lucia Lostumbo
2015 Shannon Lock
2016 Evelyn Song
2017 Claire Hebeisen
2018 Gabrielle Stanback, William Gu
2019 Natalie Hsieh, Anna Kelleher, Eleanor Shen
2020 Sophie Kim, Simone Pierpaoli, Abigail Koehler
2021 Andrew Gray

Andreas And Margaret Makris Scholarship

Established in the 2006-2007 MCYO season, the Andreas and Margaret Makris Scholarship shall be presented annually to a senior who has displayed loyalty and dedication through their participation in MCYO, who has also excelled in music, and desires to pursue music in college. This senior will have been nurtured by MCYO from an early age and will have had his or her talents developed and advanced through the MCYO program. The past winners are:

2007 Laura London
2008 Max Li
2009 Annie Jeng
2010 Elizabeth Leung
2011 Kenneth Liao
2012 Philip Kettler
2013 Benjamin Hoyt, Rebecca Oliverio
2014 Kelley Jo Wallace
2015 Sophia Wonneberger
2016 Evelyn Song
2017 Jane Vourlekis
2018 Megalan Tso
2019 Teddi Yoo
2020 Zoe Fong
2021 Ethan Oh

Eliot Pfanstiehl Visionary Award

Established in 2018, the Eliot Pfanstiehl Visionary Scholarship has been created to honor Strathmore’s visionary leader, CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl, for his commitment and dedication to providing outstanding educational programs for our youth at Strathmore. This scholarship shall be presented annually to the graduating senior who shows great promise in impacting the educational and artistic world around him/her. The past winners are:

2018 Ethan Dodd
2019 Hannah Lee
2020-21 None due to COVID