Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation

2009 Recipients (FINAL)




Aaron Alon Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, Houston Alumni Chapter, composer. Merle Montgomery Doctoral Grant - $1,000. Aaron used the money to pay for expenses incurred in completing his DMA in Composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX. His dissertation includes premier as part of his degree. A full set of parts for a large orchestra plus the expenses of preparing and mailing materials for job applications have been very costly.

Julia-Sophia Bellingrath, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, violin. Alberta Denk Scholarship for Violin, Viola, Cello - $500. The Jean Louise Martin Scholarship (undergraduate student) - $1,000. Summer Scholarship - $1,000. Julia-Sophia, from Germany, used her money to attend the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and for travel expenses from Munich, Germany, to Bangor, Maine, and back to Cleveland, Ohio, where she is a student at CIM.


Ashlee Beth Bickley, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music, mezzo-soprano. Sara Eikenberry Voice Scholarship(undergraduate student) - $1,000. The money is allowing Ashlee to take weekly private voice lessons this year while she is preparing for graduate school auditions. She is in her fifth year of a combined program of Bachelor of Music in Applied Voice and the Arts Leadership Program certificate at Eastman and the University of Rochester, to become a Take Five Scholar.


Aaron Blake, Gamma Tau, University of St. Thomas, Houston Alumni Chapter, voice. Brena Hazzard Voice Scholarship - $5,000. Aaron spent the summer at the Santa Fe Opera where he had a role in Alcesta. He made many connections while there including a leading role in the New Opera written by Nico Mully wrote "The Reader". It is a co-commission by the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera. He did a workshop of the opera at Lincoln Center in October. He also used the money for many expenses including many auditions in New York City and many competitions.


Nathan Andrew Brandwein, Delta Rho, University of Colorado, Allied, piano. Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for International Study - $1,500. The money from this grant went mostly for airfare to France. Nathan attended the 2009 summer session of the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. In addition to studying and performing with both students and faculty, Nathan did research in the form of string and piano faculty interviews for his Juilliard doctoral thesis on the violin and cello sonatas of Francis Poulenc.

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Phi Mu, San Jose State University, Allied, composer. Lillian Harlan Ramage Grant for Graduate Study in Composition - $500. Summer Scholarship - $1,000. Jason used the money from the Ramage Grant to travel to Tokyo, Japan, where he was having a composition performed by a professional ensemble, the Tad Wind Symphony directed by the highly regarded conductor, Takayoshi Suzuki. Jason used the money from the Summer Scholarship to attend Brevard Music center where he composed three pieces of music that were performed in a series of new music concerts.


Kamila Bydlowska, Epsilon Omicron, Indiana University, violin. Beth Landis Violin Scholarship - $5,000. Kamila is using the money for continued study at Indiana University, summer study and violin competitions in Europe


Christina Maria Castro, Beta Kappa, Trinity University, voice. Elizabeth Boldenweck Voice Scholarship - $500. Christina used her money to pay for her fall tuition



Yu-Fang Chen, Alpha Kappa, University of Missouri, violin. The Jean Louise Martin Scholarship (graduate student) - $1,000.


Marlon Daniel, Mu Xi, American Conservatory of Music, New York City Alumni Chapter, piano, conductor. John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting / Coaching Scholarship - $7,000. Marlon used his money towards studying at the Prague Academy with Miriam Nemcova. He has done much studying in Prague, Czech Republic, and also conducted at the Prague Spring Festival.


Adrianne Nicole Fedorchuk, Lambda, Ithaca College, voice. Ines Pratt Jamison Scholarship - $2,000. Adrianne used the money to attend the New York Opera Studio summer program held at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


Ryan Thomas Gaughan, Epsilon Epsilon, Texas Christian University, clarinet, music education. Madge Cathcart Gerke Scholarship - $500. Ryan used the money towards his tuition.


Anthony Green, Delta Rho, University of Colorado, piano, composer. Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Grant for Graduate Work in Composition - $1,000. Anthony is a pursuing a Doctoral of Music Arts in Composition. He used the money to participate in the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory, which included a public and private masterclass with guest composer Jonathan Harvey, daily performances, and a performance of Anthony's piano fugue. He also had a performance at Symphony Space which marked his New York City Debut. In addition, he traveled to Nebraska City for a composer residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Julie Renee Heller, Delta Pi, Tarleton State University, Epsilon Pi, Texas Tech University, music education. Nadine Williams Scholarship - $600. Julie used the money to attend the West Texas Kodaly certification. She also used it to pay for required course materials.


Michael Kirdendoll, Xi, University of Kansas, piano. Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship - $1,000. Michael has commissioned a new work for solo piano composed by Gabriela Lena Frank, one of the leading young American composers today, to be included on Michael's Music for Greensburg (Kansas) concerts this spring.


Stephanie Loiselle, Mu Eta, University of the Pacific, flute. Gerke Collegiate Artist Scholarship (undergraduate student) - $500. Stephanie applied the money towards the completion of her music degree at Simpson College. Last summer she provided academic enrichment in Foreign Languages & Culture (Spanish), Music, and Western Civilizations through a program called Upward Bound.


Kansas City Alumni Chapter - c/o Dr. Carla Jo Maltas. Helen Haupt Alumni Project Grant - $2,000. The Project involved the Essig collection of unique antique, rare, ethnic, and one of a kind instruments at the University of Central Missouri. The goal was to produce professional quality photographs and create a virtual museum website, displays and exhibit; archival CD-ROMs: etc.

Nicholas Anthony Marchese, Beta Beta, Jacksonville University, music education. Beth Landis Music Education Scholarship - $5,000. Last May, Nicholas was able to perform with the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the help of this scholarship. He also planned to use part of the money to attend Music Education related conferences such as the MENC Music Education Week In Washington and the Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Convention.

Paige Nicole Myrick, Epsilon Epsilon, Texas Christian University, voice. Mikanna Clark Taurman Voice Scholarship - $500. Sara Eikenberry Voice Scholarship (graduate student) $1,000. Edythe G. Burdin Scholarship- $1,000. Paige used her money for her tuition at Boston Conservatory where she is studying with Rebecca Folsom.


enhake - c/o Eun-Hee Park, Omega Omega. James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship - $3,500. The money is being used to commission a work written by Libby Larsen for enhake, an emerging classical ensemble comprised of four members from South Korea and the United States. The ensemble includes clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.


Yoko Nakatani, Nu, University of Oregon, Boston Alumni Chapter, composer. Grant-in Aid - $500. Yoko used the money towards the cost of a studio recording of her original composition, "Adventures of John Manjiro." She is hoping to work with a graphic designer to design both a CD jacket and book cover for her project. This piece has been performed in many places since it was presented at the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention '08.

Mary Lou Newmark, Mu Chi, Southern Methodist University, Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, electric violin, composer. Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for Music Technology - $1,250. Mary Lou's project, The Breath of Trees, is a full-length multimedia concert of original music, poetry, lighting and visual images. She used the funds to purchase Ableton Live 8 software, a Roland Pedal Board for real time control and to begin training with Laura Escude, a music technologist. She intends to begin performing The Breath of Trees in the spring/summer of 2010.


Mauricio Salguero, Alpha Kappa, University of Missouri, composer. Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for World Music/Multicultural Music - $1,250. The award was spent to perform Colombian music at ClarinetFest 2009 in Porto, Portugal.


Catherine Clyatt Schroth, Phi Omicron, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Alumni Chapter, cello, music therapy. LaVerne Jackson Memorial Music Therapy Scholarship - $1,500. The money will help finance her music therapy studies at the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium to become a Board Certified Music Therapist. Through Catherine's Practicum courses this year, she will have the opportunity to work with autism and/or Behavioral Disorders and also persons with Alzheimer's and/or Dementia.


Nicholas James Susi, Xi, University of Kansas, piano. Eleanor B. Weiler and Mildred B. Frame Piano Scholarship - $6,000. Nicholas used the money to take piano lessons with Carine Gutlerner in Paris, France, where he was also able to perform. He said it was "a once in a lifetime event."


These $1,000 scholarships are offered for study at any American or International Summer Music Program.


Christina Marie Webster, Alpha Kappa, University of Missouri, flute. Christina used her money to attend the 2009 Symphony Orchestra academy of the Pacific in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. She had a really great experience, meeting other students from the US and abroad, and working with excellent faculty.


Nicole Noel Yazolino, Phi Mu, San Jose State University, Alpha Alpha, College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, voice. Nicole used the money toward tuition and housing at Aspen Music Festival and School.


Jacob Michael Ertl, Mu Upsilon, Eastman School of Music, piano. Jacob used his money to travel to the Bowdoin International Music Festival, in Brunswick, ME, where he won the Performing Associate Fellowship. He spent 6 weeks performing and studying.


Meagan O'Len Mahlberg, Delta Rho, University of Colorado, soprano. Meagan used her money to help pay for her airfare to Austria, where she attended Lied Austria. She learned quite a lot about German Lieder while there.