About the Grande Ronde Symphony Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund honors past musicians and contributors for their lifelong support of the GRSA. Donations to this fund are restricted to scholarship use only. Monies donated in honor of Lorna Spain, Don Paul, Bryce Young, Marshall Boker, Lynn and Lila Bishop, Laura Mahrt, and Steve Tanner continue to help the GRSA support student musicians.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, GRSA is able to award three types of scholarships to qualifying high school and college students using the Grande Ronde Symphony Scholarship Fund.

Lorna Spain Scholarship

The Lorna Spain Scholarship is administered by the EOU Foundation and was created to honor Lorna’s many years of dedication to the GRSA. The recipient must play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or string bass) and play in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.

For more information or to apply, visit the EOU Foundation’s website.


  • 2016-2017:  Dillon Lytsell (bass)
    • Dillon is a Senior from Pendleton, Oregon, who is graduating in Fall term 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Studies, He will be continuing his education at graduate school this next school year for an MAT in both Health and Physical Education. Dillon has been playing the double bass 10 years, and has played for Linfield College, the Oregon East Symphony, and with Eastern Oregon University.
  • 2017-2018:  Haley Breen (viola)

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Tuition Reimbursement

High school and college students that play in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and sign up for MUS 195/395 receive a tuition reimbursement at the end of each term.

Concerto/Aria Competition

Starting in the 2016-2017 season, a student category was added to the annual Concerto/Aria Competition. The winner of this category receives a scholarship, to be used on music education expenses, and a chance to perform with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra during the spring concert.

For more information, visit the Concerto/Aria Competition page.


  • 2017: Sidney Tovey, a junior from Hermiston High School. She performed Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra by Camille Saint-Saens on May 31st, 2017.