Nicholas Van Slyck Scholarship

Each year the Philharmonic Society presents a scholarship to an outstanding high school senior from the Merrimack Valley who desires to make music his or her life's vocation. The Scholarship Application Deadline is April 11, 2016. Applications can be obtained by writing to MVPS Scholarship Committee, c/o Diane B. Tiezzi, 2 Archelaus Hill Road West Newbury, MA. 01985

The 2016 Van Slyck Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Francesca Lionetta of Andover MA. She is a graduate of Andover High School and will attend the prestigious Eastman School of Music where she will pursue a degree in Applied Vocal.


2015 winner is Alexis Warnick of Salem, NH. She attended Salem High School, plays flute and piano. She will be majoring in Music Education at the University of Connecticut.

LCC's - Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, North Andover, Topsfield.









Timberlane Regional High School senior Alexa Sanfilippo was presented the 2009 Nicholas Van Slyck Scholarship of $1200 by the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society at the final concert of their season at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College on Sunday, May 3. This is an annual Scholarship given in memory of Mr. Van Slyck who served as Conductor and Music Director of the orchestra for fifteen years.

Alexa has an impressive background. She will be graduating 16th out of 392 in June and plans to attend Syracuse University to major in violin performance. Last summer she was a delegate to New Hampshire Girls State. Alexa composed the music for, performed, and produced “A Picture of You” September 2001 in memoriam of the 9-11 victims. She appeared on NBC news – Massachusetts and the song was aired as part of a special feature on the events surrounding 9-11.

For many years she has been concertmaster of the 90 member Timberlane High School Symphony Orchestra and has been in New Hampshire All State Orchestra. From 2003 through 2008 she played in the New England Conservatory youth programs, serving as violinist, concertmaster, and soloist with its various orchestras. With them she has toured Greece, performed as soloist at Symphony Hall, and played regularly at Jordan Hall, in Boston. She has studied with Michelle Cronin, Marjorie Nelson, Fudeko Takahashi, Mimi Bravar, and Jenny Stirling. She currently studies with Antoine Van Dongen at the New England Conservatory.

Miss Sanfilippo has appeared as a guest soloist with the Granite State Orchestra and twice with the MVPO where she most recently performed the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Alexa’s goals at Syracuse University are to become a concert violinist performing both as a soloist and in string ensembles.

When she is not playing violin, Alexa loves to play viola, read, listen to music, and spend time with her family, friends, and her Boston Terrier, Audrey.



Applications can be obtained by writing to:

Diane B. Tiezzi, Chairman
2 Archelaus Hill Road
West Newbury, MA 01985

Winners of the Nicholas Van Slyck Scholarship

1989 Jessica McLaren Haverhill High Voice
1990 Joseph Olefirowicz Central Catholic Organ
1991 Kerrie Belluardo Methuen High Piano/Voice
1992 Bridget Ferdinand Tewksbury High Piano
1993 Christopher Drelich Haverhill High Piano/Organ
1994 Francis E. Dolfe III Timberlane Regional Percussion
1995 Emily Kluga Chelmsford High Trumpet
1996 Jodi Marie Faro Timberlane Regional Flute
1997 Sarah Consentino Methuen High Voice
1998 Thomas Cox Dracut High Flute/Piccolo
1999 Catherine Lachance Timberlane Regional Oboe/Clarinet
2000 Michael A. Teoli Salem NH High Voice
2001 Celeste A. Brito Lawrence High Voice
2002 Megan Burke Triton Regional High Flute
2003 Joshua Peckins Masconomet Regional High Violin
2004 Jonathan Bennett Methuen High School Voice;piano/trumpet
2005 Nora Joy Schuetze Home-schooled Cello; violin,viola
2006 Emily Williams Phillips Academy Viola
2007 Ashley Buckhout Haverhill High Voice
2008 Michelle Stockman Timberlane Regional High School Flute
2009 Alexa Sanfilippo Timberlane Regional Violin
2010 Nicholas Goodwin Masconomet Regional Flute
2011 Madeleine Tucker Phillips Academy Cello
2012 Morgan LaMonica Timberlane Regional French Horn
2013 Paul Cronin Timberlane Regional Violin
2014 Hope Aubrey Timberlane Regional Clarinet
2015 Alexis Warnick Salem, NH High School Piano/Flute
2016 Francesca Lionetta Andover High School Voice

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