Nominate a Student for Rising Star Fellows

Through the Rising Star Fellows program, YOSA offers mentoring and resources to young musicians of color from underserved neighborhoods, to maximize their musical potential and prepare them for placement in top university music schools and conservatories. Students are nominated for the program in 8th grade, and four rising 9th-graders are awarded fellowships every summer. The four-year fellowships cover instrumental private lessons, summer camp tuition, personal mentoring, and other miscellaneous expenses. Rising Star Fellows also receive full-tuition scholarships to participate in YOSA orchestras or wind ensemble.

YOSA is seeking nominations for the next class of Rising Star Fellows. School band and orchestra directors or other professional musicians in the community may nominate exceptionally promising 8th-grade musicians until March 1, 2019. Nominators must complete the application below, including a brief video of the young musician playing his or her instrument.

Eligibility Requirements for Nominated Students

  • 8th-grade musician who plays standard orchestral or band instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello, or bass)

  • Member in good standing of school band or orchestra program available on his/her instrument)

  • Deemed exceptionally promising by a school band or orchestra director or by another professional musician in the community

  • Hispanic, African-American, or Native American

  • Bexar County resident in one of these ZIP codes: 78201, 78202, 78203, 78204, 78205, 78207, 78208, 78210, 78211, 78212, 78214, 78215, 78220, 78221, 78223, 78224, 78225, 78226, 78227, 78228, 78229, 78237, 78242, 78252, 78264

YOSA Rising Star Fellows Nomination Form 

Nominee Information

Parent 1 Information

Parent 2 Information

Nominated By:


Current Recording
Please provide a link (Dropbox or other file hosting service) to a video that showcases his/her musical ability. Video should last no more than five minutes. Video need not be professional quality; cellphone video is acceptable, as long as the audio is clear and the nominee is visible.