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A YouTube video competition intended to benefit all instrumental music students in the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. -- (The Scholarship Competition is now Closed for the 2019-2020 Season) --  ( Click here for: bios of the judges )


Junior Division - Students through age 14 (on July 1)
1st prize-$100 - 2nd prize-$75 - 3rd prize-$50


Senior Division - Ages 15 through 18 (on July 1)
1st prize - $300 - 2nd prize-$200 - 3rd prize - $100


• There will be an additional scholarship award of $100 presented to a student performing a composition by Maestro James Domine (music available at:


• Deadline for application and YouTube Video submissions, on-line applications, and application fee is Friday, January 3rd at 11:59pm.


• Application fees are: $35 – pieces under 5 minutes in duration, $50 - pieces over 5 minutes up to 10 minutes in duration.


• Winners will be announced at the SFVSO concert on Saturday, January 18th, 8:00pm. All winners must be present at the Winners’ Concert in order to receive their awards.


• One select winner will be chosen at the judges’ discretion to be featured at the SFVSO March concert.


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION -- Please complete the following two steps:

STEP 1: Complete and submit the Scholarship Application form by clicking HERE.

STEP 2: After submitting the application, come back here and make your payment below.   Thank You!

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Last year's competition was a great success.  See below for a photo of the winners (all categories), who received a standing ovation from the audience at the Orchestra's January 26 concert:

2019 Scholarship Winners (All Categories)


For more information contact Joanna Ezrin or Knarik (Nara) Petrosyan, Competition Coordinators at: or 


      Judges' Bios

Anna Goryacheva, Classical Piano
Anna Goryacheva Judge
Anna Goryacheva began her professional music studies at the age of six at the Kaliningrad Special Music School for gifted children affiliated to the Kaliningrad State Music College. At the age of 9 she made her orchestral debut, which took place in Hungary, and the next year she performed her first philharmonic recital with Kaliningrad State Symphony Orchestra, playing Mozart's Concerto No.23. She also appeared as a soloist with Kaunas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Berman on the orchestra’s tour in Eastern Europe, which was internationally broadcast. During her studies at the Kaliningrad State Music College Ms. Goryacheva was a recipient of annual grants from the “Young Talents of Russia” Foundation for her exceptional contribution in Culture and Arts. Later, she was awarded the Special Award of the “New Names” foundation for her outstanding abilities and concert activity.
Anna Goryacheva is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Music (Moscow, Russia, where she studied Prof. Denis Burstein (piano department of Vladimir Tropp). During her stay in Russia she became a Prizewinner of several International Piano Competitions , and participated in a number of master classes with leading performers and teachers, such as Lev Natochenny, Dmitry Bashkirov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Avo Kouyoumdjian, Igor Lazco, Aldona Dvarionaite, Vera Nosina, Yury Slesarev, Vladimir Tropp, Maria Gambaryan to name a few.
In 2011 Ms. Goryacheva became a winner of the USC Thornton School Dean’s Full Scholarship Award (Los Angeles, California), and started a prestigious Artist Diploma program under the guidance of a Prof. Daniel Pollack. Thereafter she completed her Masters Degree at the Thornton School, and was awarded her Diploma with High Distinction.
Ms. Goryacheva performed solo and chamber recitals in Russia, United States, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden. Her solo and orchestra performances were broadcast on the radio and television in Hungary, Lithuania, Sweden, and Russia. She is a founder of a special educational program and piano project «Elite Piano institute». Her passion is to inspire young pianists and fully reveal their talent from the very first steps.

Vladimir Khomyakov, Classical piano
Vladimir Khomyakov Judge
Vladimir Khomyakov performs over fifty recitals a year as a concert pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and soloist with the world’s best symphony orchestras, such as Houston Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Ningbo Symphony, Tomsk Symphony, Novosibirsk Symphony, and others. He has concertized internationally in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, China, South Korea, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, performing at major concert halls such as those of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Seoul Arts Center, Dresden Semper Opera House, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Mozarteum Hall in Salzburg, Concert Hall of the Artists in Rome, Flagey Studio Four in Brussels, Zipper Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Miller Theater in Houston to name a few.​

Khomyakov is a top prizewinner of numerous prestigious international piano competitions, including St. Petersburg Open (Russia), Anton Rubinstein (Germany), Emil Gilels (Ukraine), ISAM (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Jose Iturbi (USA), Hilton Head (USA), Ima Hogg (USA), and others. His performances are broadcast on radio and television in Germany, Belgium, Spain. Russia, South Korea, China, Canada, and the United States.

Vladimir ​Khomyakov is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia) where he studied with Alexander Sandler. Thereafter he received a Doctorate degree from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), studio of Yuri Martynov. Later he continued his studies in the United States, where he completed Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts programs at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, CA) in piano performance with Daniel Pollack, and in instrumental conducting with Larry Livingston.​ Additionally, Khomyakov continued studies in a number of international performance courses, including those of Dmitry Bashkirov (Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria), Mikhail Voskresensky and Jan Marisse Huizing (Holland Music Sessions, Bergen, Holland), Arie Vardi (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Alexey Nasedkin, Naum Shtarkman, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Vera Nosina, and many others in Russia and Europe.

Dr. Khomyakov is an on-going jury-member of ISAM international Piano Competition (Michelstadt, Germany), Pacific Musical Society Music Competition (San Francisco, CA), Yuri Yegorov Open Piano Competition (Kazan, Russia), LANSUM International Music Festival and Competition (Los Angeles, CA), Costa Rica International Concerto Competition (San Jose, Costa Rica), and numerous national competitions in the United States. He regularly gives piano master-classes in Russia, China, Europe, countries of Latin America, and in the United States. He is holding a visiting faculty position of the University of Southern California as an assistant with Daniel Pollack, and is an associate professor at the Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA).