Scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in music has been a major focus of the Royal Oak Musical since 1953.  Beginning in 1953 through 1973, money was raised through our March Fundraiser, card parties, and rummage sales.  During this time 38 students were awarded financial gifts totaling $8,825.

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration (1974), Past Presidents formed the Student Aid Fund to support the scholarship program.  Since then, over $209,000 has been awarded to 307 students majoring in music.  The Student Aid Fund (Scholarship) is a 501 (c)(3) Fund.

Each Spring, Royal Oak Musicale awards scholarships to talented high school seniors.  Scholarship amounts begin at $1,000,  Former winners who are pursuing their degree are eligible to receive a Renewal.  Grace Brockett is Chair of the Scholarship Committee.




2019 Scholarship Winners

Renewals were also given to 3 previous scholarship winners.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Murphy Combs

Viola, Lillian C. Maschmeyer Memorial Award

Graduate of Berkley High School.  She has been active in the Berkley orchestra program since 5th grade. She is a founding member of the BHS Chamber Music Society which was established in 2018.  She has performed with the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Murphey will be attending the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she will major in viola performance.

Sonya Lebenbom

Violin, Claire Mautner Memorial Award

Graduate of Cranbrook Schools. She has been a first chair violinist with the Cranbrook School Orchestra since 5th grade. She has received multiple awards, has performed solo at Carnegie Hall and has participated in Master Classes taught by Joseph Silverman, Jamie Laredo and Charles Avsharian, to name a few.  Sonya has received highest ratings at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festivals.  She will be attending Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester in the double degree program.

Ryan Blankenburg

Voice, Joan Boyes Memorial Award

Graduate of The Roeper School.  She recently won the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan’s Art Song and Aria Competition and was also the 2017 Winner of the Schmidt Competition in Chicago.  Ryan has been active with the Michigan Opera Theatre and is currently a high school intern with the Rackham Symphony Choir.  She will be attending Rice University where she will major in vocal performance.