young artist scholarshipS

2021 Audition Date To Be Determined pending COVID-19 Status

Each year, the Waxahachie Symphony Association awards $5,000 in scholarships to outstanding Ellis County graduating Seniors. The WSA Young Artist Awards encourages recognizes students with outstanding musical talents and accomplishments. Awards are given in two categories, vocal and instrumental.


The first place winners receive a cash award of $1,500 and perform in the Spring at a Waxahachie Symphony Concert. The runner-ups receive $1,000 and are recognized at a WSA Concert.

Seniors must be nominated by a music teacher in order to be considered for the award. In January, letters are sent to public and private Ellis County High School choral and band directors requesting nominations. Nomination forms are also sent to private music teachers. Home School students are welcome to participate, but must be recommended by their private music teacher. We invite teachers to nominate Seniors they feel are deserving of recognition for their musical ability.


To nominate a student: A teacher may select nominees or a student may apply and request a teacher's recommendation.  Nomination forms are below.

Nominated students must meet the following criteria:

1. A graduating senior from an Ellis County High School.
2. Participant in a high school music program. 
3. Private music student recommended by a private music teacher in voice, piano, organ, or other instruments.

2021 Auditions Date will be announced in January 2021.

Contact Winnie O'Donnell for more information at

2020 Winners


1st Place -- Ryan Johnson, Marimba

Waxahachie High School
Underwritten by

Buffalo Creek Dental

 Tied 2nd Place -- Ben Barker,  Piano

Waxahachie High School



1st Place -- Joselynne Hernandez

Waxahachie High School

Underwritten by Pearman Oil and LP Gas


2nd Place --  Melody Green

Waxahachie High School

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