SYNTHESIS Young Artist Scholarships are music scholarships that provide free and deeply discounted private lessons to deserving students. Gifted and talented young artists are often featured in concerts throughout Southern California and have the benefit of collaborative musical experiences. Scholarship winners enjoy two 45-minute lessons per month and one group seminar. Concert dates will be posted.

To suggest an applicant, please contact Alan Busteed.

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Music scholarship recipients:
High school concertmaster

Anthony Escobar is a junior at East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet High School. He enjoys working behind the scenes as a theater technician for school productions. Anthony is the concertmaster of the high school orchestra.

9th grade violinist Betsy Lopez was the first string player awarded free private lessons with Alan Busteed. She attends East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet High School and is the leading second violinist in the school orchestra.

violinist percussionist vocalist

Caleb Robbins, baritone, speaks Italian and is a prolific reader. He lives in Seal Beach and frequently joins his family for worship music on Sunday mornings. He has experienced playing violin and percussion. Caleb has collaborated as soloist with Jazz Angels instrumentalists, appeared on two recital series concerts, and sung sacred music by Schubert as a guest soloist in church.

Rebeca Ortega, 11, is a sixth grader in San Clemente. She is an accomplished pianist and has two older sisters enrolled in science at Cal State Fullerton. She has attended summer music festivals in Southern Orange County where she played percussion. She is a SYNTHESIS violin student of Alan Busteed.

Pianist Fernando Reyes, 13, recently joined the roster of scholarship violinists and singers. He's a seventh grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Pasadena. Fernando is also a writer of fiction and enjoys mathematics.

Members of the vocal jazz ensemble from East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet High School. They enjoy private voice lessons and coached rehearsals with Alan Busteed and guest teachers. They are all soloists from the Advanced Choir under the direction of Melissa Ruiz. The new ensemble was created by Alan Busteed through the cooperation of Carolyn McKnight, principal of the high school.
ABOVE, LEFT to RIGHT:  Leilah Telon, Victoria Mestas. Jeremaya Alaya, Jasper Talwani
Jeremaya Ayala violinist scholarship

Jeremaya Ayala, shown here with ELAPA choral instructor, Melissa Rios. Jeremaya sings tenor. Jeremaya sang a tango canción with the Tinto Tango Trio on the St. James Presbyterian Church of Tarzana Spring 2018 Concert Series. He attends the Colburn Community Music School. He has performance credits all over Los Angeles.

Jasper Talwani, baritone, is also a bassist and pianist with classical and jazz interests. He plays bass in the One O'clock Jazz Band at Colburn, and studies with David Young, former principal bassist of the LA Opera Orchestra. Jasper serves as assistant director of the SYNTHESIS vocal jazz ensemble.

Jasper Talwani vionist guitarist
Benjamin Filio violinist

Benjamin Filio III, recipient of a beautiful handmade violin, with his parents, Cynthia Filio and Benjamin Filio, Jr. at West Covina United Methodist Church.

Benjamin Filio III has been a violin student of Alan Busteed from age 11. He is now a senior in high school and looking at colleges. He was quickly accepted as a member of the CYM Intermezzo Orchestra, then successfully auditioned for the principal second violin chair and for the first violin section of the nationally recognized Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.

Benjamin has consistently been the top student in his class at Nogales High

Benjamin Filio III-pianist

School. He has been Captain of the Nogales Nobles Cross Country Team and served as repeat concertmaster of Rowland School District Honors Orchestra. An active thespian, Benjamin has enjoyed participating in theater, and he has given sermons on Youth Sundays at West Covina United Methodist Church. He accompanies the youth choir on piano since age 12.

Benjamin Filio III was recipient of a $1500 music scholarship from the New York based International Youth Fellowship in summer, 2016. He presented an outstanding violin performance of "Nocturne in E flat" by Frederich Chopin at the Reagan Library. He has receiveed full scholarships for competitive summer programs, including a Political Science seminar at The University of Southern California and a three week cultural exchange program in Berlin.

Musical Instrument Gifts
piano gift

Martin Sanchez, a fifth grader at Central Elementary School in Baldwin Park, California, was recipient of a free Wurlitzer spinet piano through the generosity of Pedro Toro, who is an accompanist at Azusa Pacific University. Shown here with RPT Wardell Habert who was tuning and voicing the piano.