North Port Symphony Scholarship

Each year the North Port Symphony awards deserving student musicians a scholarship to help with music education expenses. Students that have received this scholarship have used it for: private lessons, summer festival tuition, summer music camps, new instruments, instrument accessories, and music.

Eligibility requirements:

1. Student must enrolled in a local public, charter, or home school program OR currently taking classes at an accredited college or university working on a bachelor’s degree.

2. Student must be a current performing member of the North Port Symphony in good standing.

3. If the student has previously received this scholarship, they will be required to provide proof of use of the scholarship from the previous year. Students must use the scholarship within 1 year.

4. Student must apply using the application below.

Please direct questions about the scholarship to Michael Alegria [email protected]


2022 Scholarship Winners

Anthony D'Angelo

Venice High School

Anthony D’Angelo studies double bass with Gil Katz and attends Venice High School. He plays in the Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra, Sarasota Youth Orchestra, Northport Symphony, and the Venice High School Chamber Orchestra. He has attended the 7/8 Honors Allstate Orchestra and the 9/10 Allstate Concert Orchestra. He has also been awarded Superiors with Distinction at Solo and Ensemble. In addition to performing, he enjoys studying music and is in AP Music Theory. Anthony is also actively involved in the community through volunteering in multiple music-oriented school clubs and running a mentorship program for orchestra students at Venice Middle School.

Alexis Gow

North Port High School

I’m Alexis Gow and I go to North Port High School where my orchestra teacher is Mrs. Lorianne Alegria. I am principle second in advanced and pops orchestra and concert master in the orchestra VPA program. I am from North Port, Florida and I play in a total of six different ensembles including the North Port Symphony. I play in 3 school orchestras: advanced, pops, and prelude where I’m learning the cello. I also play in two after school programs which are VPA and the Orlando trip group. I currently play violin and cello.

Andras Karpathy

Riverview High School (Sarasota)

I reside in Sarasota. I am currently a junior at Riverview High School where my band director is Tamara Lewis. I have been a member of the marching band for 3 years and an officer and leader during the past two years. As a freshman, I was one of only 4 9th graders to be selected to play with the Wind Ensemble in which I currently perform. I have also been a member of the Jazz Band under the direction of Norm Vagn for 3 years. I play tenor sax in marching band, baritone sax in jazz and wind ensemble, and percussion for the North Port Symphony. I am in the IB DP curriculum at Riverview and an active member of the National Honor Society. I work part time at a local restaurant, and also perform paid gigs when requested. Work related activities also include being a roadie for a KISS tribute band.

Fernando Mejia

North Port High School

I am Fernando Mejia and I have been playing the violin since I was in 7th grade and plan to keep it as a hobby after high school and past college. I began my violin journey at Heron Creek Middle School with Sarah Cooper who convinced me to stick with orchestra which ended being something I enjoy doing. I am now attending North Port High and continuing my music journey with Lorianne Alegria. I have been in the advanced orchestra since my 10th grade year and this year I am grateful to take the role of concertmaster.

I am originally from the Central American country of Honduras and a little while back I made the realization of how lucky I am to have the opportunity to learn a beautiful instrument like this here in America as compared to my home country where opportunities like these are very scarce. I also joined the North Port Symphony as a way to expose myself to a completely different different musical environment than the one high school one I am used to.

Haley Sprague

Venice High School

Haley is a senior at Venice High School, and she studies double bass with John Miller. Haley has played bass for the last five years and is currently principal bass of the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic, North Port Symphony, and VHS Chamber Orchestra. In the past, she has also been 1st chair of Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra. Throughout high school, Haley has spent her summers at Eastern Music Festival, but she has also been accepted to numerous other festivals such as BU Tanglewood Institute and Curtis Summerfest. Recently, she has been selected for both the FMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra and the NAFME All-National Concert Band. Haley was a finalist at the 2021 Sarasota Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and won the 2021 Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.