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Lisa Bruna B-Major Award

Nominations for the 2025 Lisa Bruna B-Major Award open on Wednesday, August 7, 2024.  Deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 6,2024.

Through an annual audition process, Palm Beach Symphony awards one to three high school seniors with an advanced level instrument or major accessory such as a bow or headjoint.  Students must reside in Palm Beach County, intend to major in music, and pursue their undergraduate studies at a university, college, or conservatory.

The award was renamed in the second year of the program in honor of Lisa Bruna for her talents as a writer, her passion for helping others, and her significant contributions to the Palm Beach Symphony.


Student nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a current high school senior
  • Student must be a resident of Palm Beach County. Student does not need to be enrolled at a school in Palm Beach County
  • Student must be planning to enter a music degree program at a university or institution of higher education
  • Student must present with a financial need
  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Student must be nominated by a music teacher or private instructor who believes the student will thrive as a music major in college

Nomination and Selection Process

  • Nominators must be a music teacher and/or private music instructor.
  • Nominators may nominate more than one student
  • Nominators must complete the online nomination form below by Sunday, October 6, 2024.
  • The student's resume must be submitted by Sunday, October 6, 2024. Please email to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org
  • Parents of a nominated student must submit their most recent 2023 tax returns by Sunday, October 6, 2024. Both parents should submit these documents whether they are filing jointly or individually. This is to prove financial need. Please email to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org.If tax return(s) of parents are not available, please send an email outlining such.
  • Students must prepare two contrasting musical works for an audition in front of a panel of judges. If a student does not have two contrasting works prepared, they may play one musical work and one etude.
  • Auditions/interviews will be held at the Symphony offices on a date to be determined.
  • Winner(s) will have the opportunity to select and test a variety of instruments in order to choose the best fit. The goal is for the student to have the newly gifted instrument or major accessory in hand before they begin their college auditions.
  • Winner(s) will be invited to attend the Palm Beach Symphony Annual Gala held on Monday, February 17, 2025 where the official awarding of the instrument will take place.

Important Dates to Note

  • Submissions for nominations opens on Wednesday, August 7, 2024.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 6, 2024.
  • Please apply by submitting the online form below and emailing all other required documents to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org by Sunday, October 6,  2024.
  • An Audition Date will be held in the fall/winter of 2024 (date to be determined).  Nominees who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to audition.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, January 17, 2025.
  • Winner(s) will be invited to attend an official award presentation during our annual Palm Beach Symphony Annual Gala held on Monday, February 17, 2025. 

Congratulations our Lisa Bruna B-Major Award winners:

2024 Winners

Kara Ravaschieri, flute - 1st Place Winner

Arturo Dekle, French horn - 2nd Place Winner

Jose Aguilar, clarinet - 3rd Place Winner

2023 Winners

Julianna Bramble, viola - 1st Place Winner

Bobbi Zimmerman, clarinet - 2nd Place Winner

Makens Joseph, tuba - 3rd Place Winner

2022 Winners

Dion Sellitti, baritone saxophone - Winner

Ellen Dahlstrom, oboe - Runner-Up

2021 Winners

Anabella Paolucci, violin - Winner

Derek Janoff, clarinet - Winner

Paul Stancampiano - Runner-Up

2020 Winners

Abigail McNutt, violin - Winner

Samuel Soliz, alto saxophone - First Runner-Up

2019 Winner

Valentina Paolucci, violin - Winner

Questions? Contact Bryce Seliger at bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org

Lisa Bruna B-Major Award Nomination Form

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