The Percussion Scholarship Program offers intensive, individual and group instruction on a full scholarship basis.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is seeking outstanding current third and fourth grade City of Chicago students to participate in this exciting full scholarship program. Download application materials here. Interested students must bring a completed application to the Percussion Scholarship Group’s spring concert at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at Symphony Center.

The Percussion Scholarship Program (PSP) offers intensive, weekly percussion instruction on a full scholarship basis to Chicago youth in grades 3-12. Students are selected for the program through a competitive application process that includes a provisional period followed by an invitation to participate through eighth grade. Select students are invited to continue through high school.

The program meets weekly on Saturdays year round, and provides each student with instruments, lesson books, and materials at no cost. As a performing ensemble, the Percussion Scholarship Group performs twice per year in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center and offers a free concert for Chicago Public School students as part of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival.

The Percussion Scholarship Program boasts a roster of alumni who have gone on to some of the nation’s finest colleges, universities and conservatories, later assuming notable careers within and outside of music. For more information about the program, including photos, videos and upcoming performance dates, visit