Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship

for young classical conductors

The Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship awards $10,000 to support the Music Director & Conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra, one of the oldest and most distinguished pre-professional training orchestras in the world.

Established in 1991 in honor of Oscar-winning composer, pianist, and conductor Lionel Newman, the program pairs the world’s most talented young conductors with one of the premier training orchestras in the nation, for the opportunity to plan, rehearse, and conduct a full orchestra season.

Lionel Newman was a prolific, versatile composer who began his career as Mae West’s piano accompanist before joining 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist in 1943. Newman stayed with Fox for more than 40 years, working in various capacities on over 250 films. He wrote the score for Elvis Presley’s first film, Love Me Tender (1956), and won an Academy Award for the Barbara Streisand vehicle, Hello, Dolly! (1969).


Former recipients of this scholarship (and their current conducting posts) include:

Jung-Ho Pak (Artistic Director & Conductor, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra)

Lara Webber (Music Director and Conductor, Livermore-Amador Symphony)

Joana Carneiro (Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa)


Current recipient:

Yuga Cohler (Music Director & Conductor, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra)


For additional information, please contact:

Young Musicians Foundation
244 South San Pedro Street
5th Floor, Suite 506

Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-617-7700


By invitation only, no applications accepted.