With a strong tradition of supporting students studying music, Naples Community Orchestra provides students with opportunities to participate in rehearsals and concerts, perform as soloists, and be awarded scholarships. We are proud of our long history of helping shape our students’ futures. If we do not involve ourselves in bringing students into music, we will lose an opportunity to help bring our most cherished values to our own community.

Several members of the orchestra are students of Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music. You will see and hear them in some of our principal chairs and as soloists. Our younger students are high school students in Southwest Florida high schools. College students receive stipends for their participation in concerts and rehearsals; high school students receive community service hours.  In addition, each year the Ralph Stewart Student Scholarship is awarded to one or more outstanding students who have participated in the orchestra for multiple seasons.


Ralph Stewart Scholarship Application Form

2018-19 Scholarship Winner Jonathan Ingram

Jonathan has just completed his undergraduate studies at the FGCU Bower School, and for the past year has been filling the role of Principal Double Bass for the NCO.

He has been accepted to the Frost School of Music at Miami University for graduate-level studies.

While at FGCU he studied classical performance with Matthew Medlock, of the Naples Philharmonic, and jazz performance with Brandon Robertson, of the FGCU faculty.

Jonathan has performed regularly with the NCO for the past five years, demonstrating a gift for playing and a dedication to constant improvement.