2017 Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Scholarship 

The Avedis Zildjian Company is pleased to announce that the 2017 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship winner is Joseph Bricker from the Julliard School.  Joseph is a student of Greg Zuber and will receive a $5,000 tuition award, an expense-free trip to the Zildjian factory, and complimentary cymbals.

The first runner up was Austin Cernosek from the University of North Texas and a student of Mark Ford.  The second runner up was Stephen Karukas from Indiana University and a student of John Tafoya.  Both will receive a special complimentary cymbal package picked out at the Zildjian factory.

The first round of competition was judged by Mike Burritt from the Eastman School of Music.   A small group of finalists were chosen and their unmarked CDs were sent to Jake Nissly, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

The Kerope Zildjian scholarship is an opportunity for the Zildjian family to pay tribute to Kerope who presided over one of the most-storied periods in Zildjian history. From 1865 until his death in 1909 in Constantinople, Kerope continued to develop the classic K. Zildjian sound coveted by the world's greatest percussionists. In memory of Kerope's deep commitment to the art of craftsmanship, the Zildjian family established this scholarship to encourage and reward percussionists in their pursuit of performing excellence.

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding student percussionist who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate music program. In addition to a trip to the Zildjian factory in Norwell, Massachusetts to select complimentary cymbals, the winner will receive a tuition award of $5,000 and a one year subscription to the Percussive Arts Society.

Thank you to all those who applied for the scholarship.  The application for the 2018 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition will begin in Spring of 2018.  

Scholarship Details:

The  Scholarship winner will receive the following:

- A $5,000 college tuition award
- An all-expense paid trip to Zildjian’s world headquarters to hand select a variety of complimentary cymbals
- One year’s membership to the Percussive Arts Society

WHO is eligible?

The Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition is open to all undergraduate music students worldwide.  You must be enrolled for undergraduate full time study at a college or university for the Fall 2018 semester.  Previous Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition winners are not eligible.

WHAT to send

Your entry must include three (3) items:

1.  Zildjian Scholarship Entry Form and CD contents form
2.  Current one page resume
3.  Two identical copies of a high quality CD format recording, not to exceed 15 minutes in total length.  Pleaes include your phone number on the CD. Any CD over 15 minutes will not be accepted.  Other audio formats will not be accepted. 

The recording must include the following:

- An advanced snare drum etude or solo of the applicant’s choice.
- A four-mallet marimba solo of the applicant’s choice – with or without piano accompaniment.  Solos with other instrument accompaniment will NOT be accepted.  Vibe solos will also not be accepted.  The etude will be available during the application process in 2018.  

2017 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Cymbal Etude

WHERE do I send my application?

Please send all materials during the application process window to:

2018 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition
Attn: Keith Aleo
22 Longwater Drive
Norwell, MA 02061


1. DO NOT LABEL YOUR CD. All CD’s must be unmarked with the exception of entrant’s phone number. Please include complete contact information and a listing of works performed on the jacket of the CD recording, not on the actual CD.  
2.  CD’s cannot be returned, and will be destroyed after the results are announced.
3.  Disqualification will occur if applicant’s recording exceeds 15 minutes.
4.  Recordings and resumes will be evaluated and a group of finalists will be selected.   Finalist’s CD’s will be numbered (to ensure anonymity) and a winner will be selected solely on playing ability. 
5.  All winners will be required to verify age and undergraduate status

When’s it due?

Application materials deadline will be posted here in 2018.

For questions and/or additional information, contact: Keith Aleo at:  keitha@zildjian.com


No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition. Applications cannot be returned. Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered valid. Employees of Zildjian and their families, Zildjian Distributors and Zildjian Retailers are not eligible. Odds of winning dependent upon the number of applications received. All prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians on their behalf. Entry constitutes permission to use entrant's name, photograph, likeness, voice, and address (city and state) and testimonials in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner Zildjian deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any further compensation to such applicant. The names, logos and icons identifying the products and services of Zildjian are proprietary marks thereof. All rights reserved. Rules are subject to change at any time without notice.