The Thomas Nester / Bernard Whitley Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Thomas Nester/Bernard Whitley Memorial Scholarship is to reward talented young people with an opportunity to participate in a symphony orchestra and perform as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment. A secondary purpose is to stimulate interest in participation in the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra.

The winner of the scholarship will receive $400.00 and the opportunity to perform a solo with the Grosse Pointe Symphony during the concert season. The winner will also be expected to play in all rehearsals and concerts as an orchestra member during the season, for which the winner will receive a stipend (to be determined). Previous Nester winners are ineligible.



Mr. Thomas Nester was the founder of the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra. He always had a keen interest in both the orchestra’s progress and service to the community. Bernard Whitley was a charter member of the Orchestra. He played with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra for over 35 years. This scholarship fund has been set up in their memory.



Students through grade 11 may audition. Only orchestral instruments may audition (Pianists are not eligible). Students need not reside in Grosse Pointe.



Auditions are will be held in July in Grosse Pointe. Applicants will be notified by mail of the date, time, and place of the audition. Students are expected to provide their own accompaniment. Selections need not be memorized. Applicants must also provide the judges with one copy of each work to be performed. Work(s) to be performed should show a variety of musical periods and styles, and each entrant should be prepared to perform 10 to 20 minutes. At least one selection should have a published orchestral accompaniment. No award will be given if the judges decide that no candidates qualify.

 For the 2019-2020 season, return the accompanying application before June 30, 2019.

Entry Form

This form may be duplicated.

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