David Weiss Scholarship Program

The David Weiss Scholarship Program was established to honor the legacy of David Weiss, a world-renowned oboist and 30-year member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David was also a respected educator, an acclaimed photographer, master of the musical saw and a dedicated surfer. David’s involvement with YMF over the years has left an indelible mark on our organization.

The David Weiss Scholarship Program provides grants to enthusiastic, dedicated and talented young musicians residing in Southern California.  As private music instruction continues to become more and more expensive, YMF is one of the few places to which young musicians can apply for financial assistance.

YMF Scholars receive needs-based awards to use for private music instruction, supplies and materials.  Selected recipients may also be asked to perform at various YMF functions or public recitals.

YMF Scholarships are made possible every year by the generosity of individual donors.

Rafael Méndez Student Scholarships

The Rafael Méndez Scholarships were established at YMF by legendary trumpet player Malcolm McNab to honor his mentor and friend Rafael Méndez. Students between the ages of 8 to 17 who participate in Neighborhood Orchestra are eligible to apply for one of four student scholarships offered each year. Scholarships offer financial support towards private lessons or instrument rental for students who exhibit a passion for music, and who have shown dedication to their studies.