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Scholarships – Music Foundation of Greater Naples

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Scholarship Program and Awards – established in 1970

Middle and high school instrumental and voice students audition before a panel of judges.

Categories: Voice, Piano, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Guitar/Harp

Judges determine awards based on ranking of student performances in each category

Funding: Individual donors and MFGN Scholarship Fund

2021 Winners

Note: Scholarship Winners will be listed as they are scored from April 5, 2021, through April 20, 2021.

Senior Winners

Violin, Viola – High Strings

1st Place – $1500
Amanda Drake, Violin
12th Grade, Student of Daniela Sheterva

2nd Place – $1000
Alondra Damian-Noyola, Viola
11th Grade, Student of Lisa Mattson

3rd Place – $750
Alex Dimaras, Violin
9th Grade, Student of Anton Sikuta

Honorable Mention – $250
Lauren Brown, Viola
11th Grade, Student of Joan Stewart


Cello, Bass – Low Strings

1st Place – $1500
Panos Dimaras, Cello
12th Grade, Student of Si-Cheng Liu

2nd Place – $1000
Sophie Leah, String Bass
12th Grade, Student of Kevin Mauldin

3rd Place – $750
Osie Allen, Cello
11th Grade, Student of Thomas May



Judges’ Award – $300
Austin Reyes, Piano
10th Grade, Student of Joseph Bigler



1st Place – $1500
Daoyi Liu
9th Grade, Student of Beth Larsen

2nd Place – $1000
Maria Dinan
12th Grade, Student of Wendy Willis

3rd Place – $750
Drea Dasilva
9th Grade, Student of Wendy Willis

Honorable Mention – $250
Alexander Smuda
10th Grade, Student of Wendy Willis



1st Place – $1500
Madeline Vickers
11th Grade, Student of Laura Ferranti

2nd Place – $1000
Izabella Gulcher 
10th Grade, Student of Rebecca Richardson



1st Place – $1500
Clara Marti Garro, French Horn
11th Grade, Student of Ryan Little

2nd Place – $1000
Micah Evans, Trumpet
12th Grade, Student of Steve DeLadurantey



Junior Winners


1st Place – $700
Lucia Marti Garro, Violin
8th Grade, Student of Anton Sikuta

2nd Place – $500
Josiah Fleming, Cello
8th Grade, Student of Angie Villanueva



Judges Award – $500
Name: Paloma Chaprnka
6th Grade, Student of Irina Kulikova



1st Place – $700
Alessia Pellegrini
8th Grade, Student of Rebecca Richardson

2nd Place – $500
Hadley Murphy 
8th Grade, Student of Rebecca Richardson

3rd Place – $300
Savanna Paupore
6th Grade, Student of Rebecca Richardson

Honorable Mention – $100
Aria Vasquez
8th Grade, Student of Rebecca Richardson


Judges Award – $500
Name: Rachel Kastner, French Horn 
6th Grade, Student of Stacy and Robert Kastner


1st Place – $700
Miranda Leone 
6th Grade, Student of Beth Larsen


2021 Rules-Regulations — Scholarship information download here
note: The deadline for submission of the Scholarship Application was February 22, 2021

The following are scholarships underwritten by the following donors:

Clifford Saby Family, First Place Senior Violin    

Phyllis Warren Family Award—First Place Senior Piano

Marilyn Scott Memorial Fund—Second Place Piano

Myra Williams Award—First Place Junior strings







Established 2017 (formerly Turiel Award 1995 to 2017)

Selected 12th Grade Student Scholarship Winners are eligible.

Criteria: Audition performance, GPA, Essay, Recital performance, Committee Interview

Award amount:   $3,000.

Funding:  Gordon and Judy Hammes  






Alden Gatt,
1st place in our piano scholarship competition

“Dear Naples Music Club,
I’m sorry I can’t be there in person to celebrate this milestone with you! There is SO much to celebrate. My experience with the Naples Music Club competitions and recitals as a teenager shaped my life and career, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Financially, the competition awards helped pay for my piano lessons with Lan Lam, sponsored my summer music festival training at the Luzerne Music Center, Brevard Music Center, and Orford Music Academy, and the Turiel Prize offset some of my tuition at the Eastman School of Music. Needless to say, these programs developed my technical and artistic abilities to create the musician I am today. More than that, however, the encouragement and validation that I received from you was enough to convince me that I was on the right path in the first place, and that I should continue pursuing my dream of being a pianist. Having lived in Germany now for several years, the contrast to the US is remarkable in terms of how much exposure students receive in classical music, and how much classical music is simply a part of everyone’s lives. In an age when the US suffers from a lack of appreciation for the arts, nurturing a passion for classical music in young students is priceless.
So, I wish I could be there today to applaud you for all the work you have done and are continuing to do. You have helped support and foster the talent of so many developing musicians, and I’m honored to be one of them!”

Johanne Nordilus,
MFGN award-winning voice student in 2010 and 2011, 2011 graduate of Palmetto Ridge High School, presently attending Florida State University in Tallahassee: 

“I would like to thank the [Music Foundation of Greater Naples] for all of the wonderful opportunities you provide for young performers like me to grow musically. Through the Scholarship Program I’ve gained performance experience and more knowledge on technique. With the funds that I was awarded I was able to take voice lessons and help pay for my college expenses. This club is a wonderful organization that is helping keep music alive in Naples and giving students the chance of a lifetime to continue to study music. Thank you all for the work you’ve done. I know this organization will continue to change the lives of students for years to come. I truly appreciate all that you do! Sincerely, Johanne Nordilus”