Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition

2021 Competition: Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)

Palm Beach Symphony is dedicated to advancing the field of music in our greater community through its tri-fold mission of engaging, educating, and entertaining. In order to encourage performance excellence, nurture advanced studies in music, and promote the professional growth of local young performers with demonstrated financial need, we are excited to introduce the 1st Annual Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition. 

At a Glance: Eligibility and Competition Details

Applicants must be 18-24 years of age, be enrolled at an educational institution, and reside or attend college in the tri-county South Florida area (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade counties). The selection criteria are based on merit, integrity, artistic performance, potential, and financial need. Eligible students must have household incomes at or below the corresponding amount on chart, as demonstrated on their Income Tax Return Form.

Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition

2021 Competition: Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)

Palm Beach Symphony is dedicated to advancing the field of music in our greater community through its tri-fold mission of engaging, educating, and entertaining. In order to encourage performance excellence, nurture advanced studies in music, and promote the professional growth of local young performers with demonstrated financial need, we are excited to introduce the 1st Annual Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition. 

At a Glance: Eligibility and Competition Details

Applicants must be 18-24 years of age, and be enrolled at an institution of higher education and reside or attend college in the tri-county South Florida area (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade counties). The selection criteria are based on merit, integrity, artistic performance, potential, and financial need. Eligible students must have household incomes at or below the corresponding amount on chart, as demonstrated on their Income Tax Return Form.

2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES
AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TIMES 5
Persons in Family/
Household
Poverty
Guideline x 5
1 $64,400
2 $87,100
3 $109,800
4 $132,500
5 $155,200
6 $177,900
7 $200,600
8 $223,300
For families/households with more than 8 persons,
add $4,450 for each additional person times 5

For Application Instructions and Audition Repertoire

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2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES
AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TIMES 5
Persons in Family/
Household
Poverty
Guideline x 5
1 $64,400
2 $87,100
3 $109,800
4 $132,500
5 $155,200
6 $177,900
7 $200,600
8 $223,300
For families/households with more than 8 persons,
add $4,450 for each additional person times 5

About Mary Hilem Taylor

Each year, the Mary HilemTaylor Music Scholarship Competition is funded and made possible through agenerous donor.  

Felicia Taylor, reflecting on her inspiration to create this Competitionin honor of her mother……

“My Mother, Mary Hilem Taylor, was one of 8 children and grew up in the south.  The family traveled often, moving from state to state in search of work during and following World War II.  My Grandfather, Hal Hilem, was a chemical engineer by trade but his true passion was music. Family lore has it that John Phillip Sousa was one of his dear friends.  He spent his spare time as an orchestra conductor making sure each of his children played an instrument. Of course, this created his very own family orchestra…. With Grandma playing too.  Mom was responsible for the wind section and loved to play the flute and the  piccolo.

Mom left the family fold at a fairly young age, going to NY to find her own fame and fortune.  She became an international model and graced the covers of Vogue, Elle and numerous other well-known magazines.  Along with a promising future ahead of her, she never stopped playing the flute.  When I was a child, I remember how she would practice in her closet. Somehow, I think this was a place of refuge and reflection for her.  My Mother never had any formal training and barely graduated from high school.  The value of music however, was a gift she inherited from her father and I know she would enjoy passing along this gift.  In memory of her and inspired by her passion, it is with great pride that the Mary Hilem Taylor Scholarship Competition has been created.  May this scholarship help bring dreams come true.”

About Palm Beach Symphony

Palm Beach Symphony has worked diligently to expand and develop its music education initiatives and continues to increase its reach each year to students and school music programs throughout Palm Beach County. In the last five years, our efforts have impacted more than 50,000 students. These programs continuously evolve to deepen and extend student learning opportunities with multiple interactions that enhance learning and reinforce academic and arts concepts, as well as provide resources to teachers and quality instruments to students and music programs in need.

The Symphony’s educational offerings serve students in grades K – 12 as well as professional artists and educators through annual awards (Frank Prize and Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year).

The Mary Hilem Taylor Scholarship Competition extends the Symphony’s educational offerings to serve a new population of students.

Mary Hilem Taylor
The Hal Hilem Family
Felicia Taylor

About Mary Hilem Taylor

Each year, the Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition is funded and made possible through a generous donor.  

Felicia Taylor, reflecting on her inspiration to create this Competition in honor of her mother……

“My Mother, Mary Hilem Taylor, was one of 8 children and grew up in the south.  The family traveled often, moving from state to state in search of work during and following World War II.  My Grandfather, Hal Hilem, was a chemical engineer by trade but his true passion was music. Family lore has it that John Phillip Sousa was one of his dear friends.  He spent his spare time as an orchestra conductor making sure each of his children played an instrument. Of course, this created his very own family orchestra…. With Grandma playing too.  Mom was responsible for the wind section and loved to play the flute and the  piccolo.

Mary hilem taylor

Mom left the family fold at a fairly young age, going to NY to find her own fame and fortune.  She became an international model and graced the covers of Vogue, Elle and numerous other well-known magazines.  Along with a promising future ahead of her, she never stopped playing the flute.  When I was a child, I remember how she would practice in her closet. Somehow, I think this was a place of refuge and reflection for her.  My Mother never had any formal training and barely graduated from high school.  The value of music however, was a gift she inherited from her father and I know she would enjoy passing along this gift.  In memory of her and inspired by her passion, it is with great pride that the Mary Hilem Taylor Scholarship Competition has been created.  May this scholarship help bring dreams come true.”

the hal hilem family
felicia taylor

About Palm Beach Symphony

Palm Beach Symphony has worked diligently to expand and develop its music education initiatives and continues to increase its reach each year to students and school music programs throughout Palm Beach County. In the last five years, our efforts have impacted more than 50,000 students. These programs continuously evolve to deepen and extend student learning opportunities with multiple interactions that enhance learning and reinforce academic and arts concepts, as well as provide resources to teachers and quality instruments to students and music programs in need.

The Symphony’s educational offerings serve students in grades K – 12 as well as professional artists and educators through annual awards (Frank Prize and Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year).

The Mary Hilem Taylor Scholarship Competition extends the Symphony’s educational offerings to serve a new population of students.

Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition

2021 Competition: Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)

Palm Beach Symphony is dedicated to advancing the field of music in our greater community through its tri-fold mission of engaging, educating, and entertaining. In order to encourage performance excellence, nurture advanced studies in music, and promote the professional growth of local young performers with demonstrated financial need, we are excited to introduce the 1st Annual Mary Hilem Taylor Music Scholarship Competition. 

At a Glance: Eligibility and Competition Details

Applicants must be 18-24 years of age, and be enrolled at an institution of higher education and reside or attend college in the tri-county South Florida area (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade counties). The selection criteria are based on merit, integrity, artistic performance, potential, and financial need. Eligible students must have household incomes at or below the corresponding amount on chart, as demonstrated on their Income Tax Return Form.

Important Dates

September 1, 2021  

Submission Deadline for Application Form, Required Documents, and $40 application fee

September 10  

Submission Deadline for Video Audition

September 28  

Decisions on Final Round Communicated to Applicants

October 23, 3:00 pm

 Final Round Live Performance: Vera Rinker Hall at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach

May 24, 2022  

Winners Chamber Music Performance with Palm Beach Symphony musicians: Stiller Auditorium of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (repertoire to be selected and agreed upon in advance)

Annual Prizes

First Place Winner

$12,500

Second Place Winner

$7,500

Third Place Winner

$4,500

Audience Choice Award

$500 (selected at Chamber Music Performance on May 24)