TMC Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Since 1928, the Tuesday Musical Club has provided scholarships to further the education of local area musicians. In 2016, a total of $44,000 was awarded to 11 students. Awards are granted every two years — the next application period will start early 2018.

Application Process

Scholarships are offered every two years. The next auditions will be held in May, 2018.

Application Process Details

Scholarships are offered every two years. The next auditions will be held in May, 2018. Applications can be submitted after January of 2018 when detailed instructions and a new application form will be available.

The Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship is available to anyone of exceptional musical talent who is at least a senior in High School (or its equivalent) and who has not reached the age of 25 by the time of auditions. The Scholarship provides only for music and those subjects related to music. Scholarships may be applied to undergraduate or graduate study. This Scholarship does not provide for living or travel expenses. Applicant's family must have maintained legal residence within a 100 mile radius of Pittsburgh for not less than one year immediately prior to date of auditions.

Applicants will be required to submit a CD or MP3 for preliminary screening. A portion of those initial applicants will then be invited to perform at a live audition. Applicants should provide their own accompanist.

After the Scholarship is awarded:

  • The recipient of the scholarship receives no money. All money is paid directly to the school or teacher.
  • Since this is a supervised scholarship awarded for two years, term grades from your school and an evaluation from the teacher in your major field will be required yearly.
  • Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply a second time for a total of four years on the scholarship program.

Funding Information

The Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Program was established in 1919 to help further the musical education of talented young area musicians.

Funding Information Details

The Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Program was established in 1919 to help further the musical education of talented young area musicians. Projects to create a fund for this purpose were carried out between 1919 and 1927. In 1927, a committee was appointed to form the policies on eligibility and to set up auditions. The first scholarship was awarded in 1928 to pianist Marilla Kohary, who used her award for study in New York.

The present Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Fund is made possible by an initial grant and through continuing benefits, legacies, bequests, and memorials from Club members and friends. In June 2006, the Club received a bequest from the estate of Walter Zimmerman in memory of his wife Marilla K. Zimmerman who in 1928 received the first scholarship award offered by the Club.

In 1988, Elizabeth Held, a former club member, died and established a trust through PNC Bank to fund TMC scholarships. In March, 2016, this trust fund was transferred directly to the Tuesday Musical Club's endowment.

In addition, the Club directly administers several scholarship funds: Mellon Bank's Enola M. Lewis Scholarship Award (established 1951); and the Pittsburgh Foundation's Irene Drob Award (established 1973) and Margaret Blackburn Scholarship Award (under the terms of the Blackburn bequest).

Past Scholarship Winners

Through our Scholarship Program talented young Pittsburgh artists have received financial aid, making a significant difference in the quality of their educations. Many of our recipients have developed national and international careers in music. 191 individuals have received awards from 1928 to 2016.

2016

Nico Sleator, Piano
Omri Barak, Trumpet
Hannah Shea, Soprano
Jacob McAleavey, String Bass
Kyle Johnson, Cello
Alexandra Aks, Soprano
Claire Edwards, Violin

2014

Grace Callahan, Soprano
Joseph Daval, Guitar
Hanna Kim, Percussion
Bethany Lueers, Clarinet
Justin Morrison, Baritone
Sarah Nadler, Soprano
Kylee O'Donnell, Flute
Inori Sakai, Violin
Michael King-Hon Tsang, Piano

2012

Daniel Orsen, Viola
Sam Harris, String bass
Anthony Cornet, Piano
Nolan Petote, Clarinet
Chelsea Lane, Harp
Michael Boyas, Tenor

2010

Colin Brooks, Viola
Francis DuBois, Guitar
Zachary Good, Clarinet
Levi Graft, Piano
Alexander Lee, Violin
Kelly Moziek, Oboe
Catherine Schilling, Viola
Alvin Zhu, Piano

2008

Troy Bruchwalski, Baritone
Gerard D'Emilio, Bass
Alexa Devlin, Mezzo-Soprano
Matthew Feczko, String Bass
Kerry Kavalo, Viola
Peter Levine, Cello
Caitlin McConnell, Cello
Rebecca Nadler, Soprano
Sierra Pastel, Harp
Jocelyn Plant, Oboe
Benjamin Werley, Tenor
Kelly Zimba, Flute

2006

Michael Caporizzo, Guitar
Emily Hawkins, Percussion
Dmitri Koval, Piano
Dana Lundquist, Soprano
Kevin Rabold, Percussion
Thomas Wible, Flute

Michael Caporizzo, Guitar
Adjunct Faculty in Sound Recording Technology at Ithaca College

2004

Liza Barley, Violin
Yana Chudnovsky, Piano
Simon Cummings, Cello
Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Harp
Andrew Griffin, Viola
Katerina Istomin, Viola
Cecile LeRoy, Cello
Claire Mallory, Piano
Edward Merritt , Double Bass
Matthew Murchison, Euphonium
Angela Scherrah, Soprano
Jordan Silberman, Piano
Sarah Silver, Violin
Rachel Smoliar, Violin
Katherine Ventura, Harp

Liza Barley, Violin
Started Umoja Arts Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, a series of programs offered in Tanzanian schools and other organizations throughout the community. Currently devoting her time to fund raising and building awareness for Umoja’s concept of unity outside Tanzania.

Simon Cummings, Cello
Cellist and composer in Cello Fury!

Kevin Rabold, Percussion
Principal harpist in Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Griffin, Viola
Performer, composer, and orchestrator. Director, co-founder, and head composer of the national touring group Alkali.

Katerina Istomin, Viola
International performer and educator.

Edward Merritt, Double Bass
Member of the Utah Symphony’s bass section.

Matthew Murchison, Euphonium
Solo euphonium with River City Brass. Performer, composer, and arranger.

Sarah Silver, Violin
Assistant Concertmaster, San Antonio Symphony. Formerly with New World Symphony.

Katherine Ventura, Harp
Active soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. Substitute principal harp with PSO.

2002

Arielle, Harp
Shannon Denson, Soprano
Brendan Gillis, Viola
Jason Kaminski, Baritone
Alexandra Loutsion, Soprano
Daniel Parasky, Flute

Jason Kaminski, Baritone
Member of the distinguished Spectrum Resident Opera Artist Program with Virginia Opera.

Alexandra Loutsion, Soprano
Recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic stage. North Carolina Opera, 2015

Daniel Parasky, Flute
Teaches flute; The Parasky Flute Studios has produced multiple award winning students. Works as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician and guest conductor.

2000

Pam Foster, Flute
Jasmina Halimic, Soprano
Robert Hyatt, Piano
Jonathan Katz, Piano
Lindsay Leach, Flute
Scott Skiba, Tenor
Rachana Vajjhala, Piano

Jasmina Halimic, Soprano
Active soloist. Recent engagements include Opera San José and a triumphant debut with Charleston Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.

Jonathan Katz, Piano
Currently in the Doctor of Music program at Northwestern University; undergraduate degrees from the New England Conservatory and Indiana University.

Lindsay Leach, Flute
An active performer as both an orchestral and solo artist throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Also a dedicated pedagogue, she teaches privately and at the collegiate level.

Scott Skiba, Tenor
A singing actor who is now dedicated to stage direction and singing actor training.

Rachana Vajjhala, Piano
Musicologist at UC Berkeley.

1998

Anne Barley, Cello
Michael Beers, Oboe
Kimberly Buschek, Viola
Molly Esposito, Soprano
Zanna Fredland, Mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Ho, Violin
Mary Christine Persin, Viola
Jeffrey Quinto, Piano
Karen Roethlisberger, Piano
Nicole Sikora, Soprano
Jennyrose Spence, Violin

Annie Barley Givler, Cello
Suzuki cello clinician. Teaches at KIPP Academy, South Bronx. Works as a freelance cellist in the New York area and can be heard on Bridge and New Amsterdam records. She the founder of Shi, an all-female, New York based cello quartet.

Mary Christine Persin, Viola
Principal Violist, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

Karen Roethlisberger, Piano
Vocal coach and accompanist in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 2005.

Jennyrose Spence, Violin
Instructor in Violin at the Center for Young Musicians.

1996

Diba Alvi, Soprano
Aaron Boyd, Violin
Robert Fire, Bass/baritone
Aron Kallay, Piano
Janet L. Kane, Vocal
Priya Palekar, Soprano
Melanie Vaccari, Soprano

Diba Alvi, Soprano
Dr. Alvi teaches at the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Aaron Boyd, Violin
As a violinist in the Escher String Quartet, he was a recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society.

Robert Fire, Bass/baritone
The bass-baritone Robert Fire has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the City Theater in Pittsburgh.

Aron Kallay, Piano
Faculty University of Southern California, Pianist/Composer, Teacher/Sound Designer. Teaches electro-acoustic media and piano.

Janet L. Kane, Vocal
She has been with Westminster College since 1996 and currently serves as Adjunct Faculty in Music.

Priya Palekar, Soprano
Formerly at the Lyric Opera San Diego and the San Diego Opera, she is currently performing in Berlin.

Melanie Vaccari, Soprano
Director of Choral studies, Instructor of Music at Waynesburg University and an Opera/Oratorio singer.

1994

Maureen Angeles, Piano
Gabriel D'Abruzzo, Piano
Joshua Gindele, Cello
James Johnston, Piano
Maryann Madden, Soprano

Maureen Angeles (Deboo), Piano
Executive Director Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Director of Administration at The Commonwealth Fund.

Gabriel D'Abruzzo, Piano
Instructor, Piano, at St. Vincent College.

Joshua Gindele, Cello
Founding member of the Miró Quartet, Senior lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin. On the Board of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy.

1992

Dillon McCartney, Tenor
Manu Narayan, Baritone (vocal) and Alto Saxophone
Judy Payne, Soprano
Shirley Yoo, Piano
Candace Zaiden, Soprano
Aron Zelkowicz, Cello

Dillon McCartney, Tenor
Opera singer of international acclaim.

Manu Narayan, Baritone (vocal) and Alto Saxophone
American actor, film producer, singer, songwriter, composer and saxophonist. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater.

Shirley Yoo, Piano
Faculty member Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Candace Zaiden, Soprano
Forced into early retirement due to health issues, she created a retrospective of the last 25 years of her singing career.


Aron Zelkowicz, Cello

Principal cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO).

1990

Elisa Eileen Billey, Soprano
Sara Haus, Mezzo-Soprano
Erik Andrew Kerr, Percussion
Janet Sung, Violin
Rema D. Webb, Soprano

Janet Sung, Violin
Currently Head of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

Rema D. Webb, Soprano
Known for her work on Sudden Death (1995), The Sound of Music Live! (2013) and A Promise Kept:The Oksana Baiul Story (1994), she is a 17 year Broadway veteran and Executive Director of the On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program.

1988

Peter Biloen, Violin
Jan Errett, Clarinet
Elizabeth Lawrence, Vocal
Aime Sposato, Vocal

Peter Biloen, Violin
Finals of London's international Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, directed the London Symphony Orchestra in concert. In much demand as a guest conductor.

Elizabeth Lawrence, Vocal
The Elizabeth Lawrence Band performs at clubs in and around the DC area. They frequently lend their talent for local fundraisers.

Aime Sposato, Vocal
An internationally acclaimed singer, she is a frequent soloist with members of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

1986

Marie Comtois, Piano
Rebecca Emtage, Violin
Cynthia Harding, Vocal
Phyllis Kubey, Vocal
Willliam Larson, Piano
Timothy LeFebvre, Vocal
Jennifer Wion, Violin

Cynthia Harding, Soprano
Pittsburgh area professional actor/singer for more than 25 years. Soloist with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

William Larson, Piano
Director of Instrumental Music at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Accompanist for the Renaissance City Choirs, and was Chorus Director/Principal Keyboardist for various productions by the Undercroft Opera Company.

Timothy LeFebvre, Baritone
Associate Professor of Singing at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Has appeared in concert with 15 symphonies, including the PSO, in concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall as well as performing numerous operatic roles.

Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Violin
An internationally-recognized musician and certified Alexander Technique (AT) teacher. A faculty member teaching AT at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

1985

David DeBacco, Vocal

1984

Ivan Cheah, Violin
Harry Coleman, Piano
R. Stephen Gracey, Vocal
Kathleen Melucci, Cello
Anna E. Richie, Vocal
Robert Rocco, Piano
John Sciullo, Piano
Paul Sisco, Piano
Kelly J. Smith, Vocal

R. Stephen Gracey, Vocal
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Intellectual Co-Processor at The Content Strategy.

Ivan Cheah, Violin
Managing Director Centric Advisers Limited, China Investment Banking.

Robert Rocco, Piano
Collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham University before coming to the School of Music at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performs with faculty and students and teaches courses in aural skills.
Featured on WQED and toured Europe with Robert Page as choral accompanist.

John Sciullo, Piano
Studied with Horowitz, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall, and as a soloist with the PSO. Recordings: “Medieval Dreams” and “Fantasie.”

Paul Sisco, Piano
Concertized ten years with world-renowned flutist Bernard Goldberg with broadcasts and CD’s. Currently teaches at Chatham College. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and as artistic director of the Laboratory School of Music at Chatham College.

Mary Comtois, Piano
Free-lance pianist in NYC with singers from the Met and NYC Opera Companies and classical instrumentalists. Also an active recording artist.

1982

Claudia Benack, Vocal
Christopher Connell, Piano
Brian Hysong, Clarinet
Gail Mertz, Organ
Patricia Potter, Vocal
Nancy Rafalko, Piano

Claudia Benack, Soprano
Associate Teaching Professor, Voice, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. A leading soprano for twenty years with Pittsburgh Opera Theater.  Performed frequently with Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pennsylvania Opera Workshop, and other regional opera companies. 

Brian Hysong, Clarinet
Is in his 27th season as bass clarinetist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Hysong has appeared as a guest artist, at home and on tour, with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

1980

Barbara Aubel, Vocal
Tina Faigen, Piano
Colin Gatwood, Oboe
Lisa Leininger, Cello
Freda Locker, Piano
Ann S. Panagulias, Vocal
Todd Phillips, Violin
Kirsten Taylor, Piano

Barbara Aubel, Soprano
Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner, sang under Erich Kunzel.  

Dr. Tina Faigen, Piano
Debut with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13.
Concert pianist, recording artist, teacher and editor.
Colin Gatwood Oboe 1980.   Second oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for four years. Currently with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Freda Locker, Piano
Senior Principal Solo Pianist at the Boston Ballet Company since 1998 and rehearsal pianist since 1991.

Ann Pangulias, Soprano
San Francisco-based Merola Opera Program, Western Opera Theater, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera. European debut Teatro La Fenice, Venice.

Kirsten Taylor, Piano
In 2013 returned to Pittsburgh to open the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania recital series.  Taylor released a recording of all of Brahms' piano music later this season. Debuted with PSO at age 11, studied with Leon Fleisher.

1977

Charles Abramovic, Piano
Marie Bachmann, Violin
Barbara G. Bashor, Flute/Piccolo
Amy Brown, Flute
Margaret Cusak, Vocal
J. David Hart, Organ/Piano
David J. Smith, Vocal

Maria Bachman, Violin
After winning first prize at the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna, she made her professional debut in 1987 at Town Hall in New York.
International career.

Amy Brown, Flute
Involved in the Pittsburgh Irish session scene, she is an energetic teacher and is involved in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Pittsburgh and the Gaelic League of Pittsburgh.

Margaret Cusack, Soprano
Professor and Chair of the Piano and Voice Department at Westminster Choir College. Winner International American Music Competition at Carnegie Hall. New York debut at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 1987. New York City Opera debut in 1985. Metropolitan Opera debut in Elektra in 1999 under the baton of James Levine.

J. David Hart, Organ
Performed over 350 professional concerts and has made 14 CD's/DVD's. Currently organist of First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida. Director of Music and Organist at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh until 1992.

David Jennings Smith, Baritone
Conductor/Artistic director of Pittsburgh’s Nouveau Noir Vocal Ensemble. Chorister/comprimario artist at Pittsburgh Opera.

1975

Maria Caruso, Piano
Scott Faigen, Piano/Cello
Linda George, Oboe
Ruth Locker, Piano
Carol Spitzer. Flute

Scott Faigen, Piano
Faculties of the National Academy of Music, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Stuttgart Music Conservatory and performing positions at Juilliard, Sarah Lawrence College and the Aspen Music Festival. Class accompanist for Itzhak Perlman at the Brooklyn Conservatory. Concert tours in 30 countries. Founding member of the Bamberger Trio.

Ruth Locker, Piano
Made her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 13.   As a collaborative pianist, Ruth works with both vocalists and instrumentalists. Member of The Rusticway Chamber Ensemble .

1972

Lyn Marie Dortenzo, Marimba
Carolyn S. McCracken, Piano

1971

Julie Lustman, Piano
Marilyn L. Prestia, Flute/Piano

1969

Daniel Phillips, Violin

Daniel Phillips, Violin
A member of the Orion String Quartet and the Bach Aria Group as well as a solo artist, he has toured and recorded for SONY, with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is Professor of Violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music and on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the Bard Conservatory.

1968

Donald Freund , Piano

Dr. Don Freund, Piano
Professor of Music (Composition) Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. Internationally recognized composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, and theater works.

1967

Marilyn Smiley Roth, Piano

1966

Sherry Kloss (Labinger), Violin
Esther Sytnick, Vocal

Sherry Koss, Violin
A student of Jascha Heifetz, she won major international competitions. He bequeathed to her the Tononi violin on which she now performs. Recordings: Forgotten Gems from the Heifetz Legacy, Lost and Found Treasures of the Heifetz Legacy Vol. I and Vol. II. Author of “Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes”.

1964

Pamela Bertoluzzi (Endsley), Flute

Pamela Bertoluzzi (Endsley), Flute
Flute Professor University of Denver.  Former principal flute with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Symphony.

1962

Lorraine Jean Gaal, Piano
Cheryl Hardwick (Lewis), Piano
Patricia Prattis-Jennings, Piano

Patricia Prattis Jennings, Piano
Principal keyboardist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 1966-2006. Ms. Jennings made her solo piano debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1956, at the age of fourteen.  She is a Steinway piano artist and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras. Author of “In One Era and Out the Other: Essays on Contemporary Life.”

1959

Georgetta Gatto (Maiolo) , Flute

Georgetta Gatto (Maiolo), Flute
At the age of 15, she made her solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She was on the Faculty of Binghamton University and held the position of Assistant Professor of Flute at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

1956

Valerie Gordon (Segal), Piano
Gwendolyn Hoopes, Violin

1955

Anna Marie Armocida, Piano
Marlene Biagini (Hartley), Vocal

Anna Marie Armocida, Piano
Soloist for the Y series April, 1956.  Taught piano at Irene Kaufmann Settlement Music School.

1954

Marion Gallup (Drummond), Piano
Claire McGehee, Vocal
Bonnie Mitchell (Poulos), Vocal
William Nelson, Piano
Nancy Lee Williams, Vocal

Nancy Lee Williams, Soprano
A Metropolitan Opera Singer discovered by Boris Goldovsky, Williams performed with Leonard Bernstein at President Jimmy Carter's inaugural ball. Williams performed worldwide with more than 35 opera companies and symphony orchestras. 

1953

Carol D. Kaufmann, Vocal

1950

Barbara Mahaffey, Vocal

Barbara Mahaffey, Soprano
Sang at the Twentieth Century Club for over 1000 delegates of Pennsylvania Federation Of Music Club hosted by Tuesday Musical Club on Monday, April 10,1950.

1935

Helen Marquis, Piano
Mary Redmond, Violin
Ellen Scanlon, Cello

1930

Oscar Davis, Violin
Mark Meyer, Violin
Irene Millen, Piano

Irene Millen, Piano
A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, she was the founder of the Music Division of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She was a part of the brilliant circle of local young pianists including  Earl Wild and Byron Janis. She also established the Friends of the Music Library.

1928

Marilla Kohary, Piano
Esther Edmundson, Vocal

Marilla Kohary,  Piano
The first TMC scholarship winner, Marilla attended the Juilliard School. She did a great deal of performance over KDKA in Pittsburgh then joined the staff of the National Broadcasting Company, NBC, in New York City.