Scholarships and Awards

OFMC Foundation for the Advancement of Music

  • Chairman:  Marjorie Poorman
    Secretary: Lelia Mitchell
    Treasurer:  Ron Marenchin
    Trustees:  Nana Landgraf (2014-2017)

    • Gwen Brubaker (2015 – 2018)
    • Donna Gerber (2016-2019)
  • PURPOSE. The purpose of the Foundation for the Advancement of Music is to:
    1. encourage the composition and performance of music
    2. aid performing and creative artists, regardless of citizenship
    3. promote musical education
    4. aid veterans in commencing and resuming musical careers
    5. grant scholarships to carry out the above

TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION AND THE RULES OF A COMPETITION, CLICK ON THE WORD APPLICATION OR APPLICATION AND RULES UNDER THE APPROPRIATE AWARD.

JUNIOR DIVISION (18 YEARS AND UNDER)

  • Stillman Kelley & Thelma Byrum Award
    • $100.00 Award to the state winner
    • (See NFMC website for Award Amounts, Rules, Forms & details)
    • Applicants must first enter on the State Level (OFMC)
    • Applicant must not have reached 19th birthday by March 1st
    • Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Donna Gerber, OFMC Chariman
    • 14249 Sperry Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065
    • Phone: (440)338-8187
    • Email: minydur@twc.com
  • Disinger Summer Marching Band Camp Scholarship
    • $150 Award
    • Grades 10 – 12, applicant must be a participant in a marching band
    • Application (Rules). Deadline May 1st.
    • Chairman: Norma Disinger,
      645 Neil Ave. Apt 819, Columbus, OH 43215
      Phone number: 614 824.5400
    • Email: normadisinger@gmail.com
  • Donald Babcock Junior Composers Awards
    • $1000 total awards
    • 1st State: $200, 2nd State: $150, 3rd State: $125
    • Junior Class I: 1st: $60, 2nd: $40
    • Junior Class II: 1st: $75, 2nd: $50
    • Junior Class III: 1st: $75, 2nd: $50
    • Junior Class IV: 1st: $100, 2nd: $75
    • Application (Rules) Deadline:  January 15
    • Chairman: Susan Carlock,  5781 Brookbank Drive,  Dayton, OH 45440-2716
    • Email: carlock22@gmail.com
  • Summer Music Camp Award
    • $4,500 total awards
    • 3-Year Festival Unanimous Superior Winners @ $225 each
    • Grades 6-12, Moderately Difficult level or above for piano and Medium level or above for strings
    • Application Deadline:  May 1
    • Chairman:  Karen Hunt, 245 Idlewood Road, Youngstown, OH 44515-2831
    • Phone: (330)792-3966
    • Email:  kihunt48@gmail.com
  • Elizabeth Gerber Award
    • $225 total awards
    • 1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $50
    • Pre-7th grade, Festival 5-year Superior Winners
    • Application Deadline:  September 1, 2017
    • Competition is held during OFMC Convention/Jr Honors Day, October 7, 2017
    • Chairman:  Linda Rinderknecht, 1120 Edgewood Drive, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
    • Phone:  (419) 310-1198
    • Email:  rinderknechtlinda@gmail.com
    • 3rd Place Award given by Camerata Music Club
  • Marilyn Walter Young Musicians Award
    • $450 total awards including 1st $175, 2nd $150, 3rd $125
    • Grades  7-9, Festival 5-year Superior Winners
    • Application Deadline:  September 1, 2017
    • Competition is held during OFMC Convention/Jr Honors Day, October 7, 2017
    • Chairman:  Linda Rinderknecht, 1120 Edgewood Dr., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351-9008
    • Phone:  (419) 310-1198
    • Email: rinderknechtlinda@gmail.com
  • Charlotte & W. Alfred Gray Competition
    • $600 total awards including 1st $250, 2nd $200, 3rd $150
    • Grades 10-12, Festival 5-year Superior Winners
    • Application Deadline:  September 1, 2017
    • Competition is held during OFMC Convention/Jr Honors Day, October 7, 2017
    • Chairman:  Linda Rinderknecht, 1120 Edgewood Drive, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
    • Phone: (419) 310-1198
    • Email:  rinderknechtlinda@gmail.com
  • Venetia Hall Piano Concerto Award
    • $1,200 total awards (1st $600, 2nd $400, *3rd $200)
    • Application Deadline: April 20
    • Rules
    • Auditions: TBA at Ohio State University
    • Chairman:  Marie Nichols, 9775 Hidden Springs, Hopewell, OH 43746
    • Phone: (740) 787-9846
    • Email: nmusiccenter@mail.com
    • *3rd Place Award given by Saturday Music Club, Columbus, OH
  • Elsie Stupp Grand Cup Award

    • Application Deadline: April 15
    • $400 total awards ($100 award to a grand/president’s cup recipient who  achieved 12 years of consecutive superiors and a 75 Pt. Grand Gold Cup in the Festivals.)
    • Chairman:  Judy Bede, 2651 Penewit Road, Spring Valley ,OH 45370-8777
    • Phone: (937) 848-8045
    • Email: jmusic122@gmail.com

COLLEGIATE DIVISION (19-26 years)

For students in colleges and universities affiliated with OFMC

  • NFMC STUDENT COLLEGIATE AUDITIONS
    • $3000.00 award by NFMC in each category which includes all instruments and voices.
    • Requirements, Application Forms and detailed information can be found on the NFMC website at www.nfmc-music.org under Biennial Student/Collegiate Competitions & Awards
    • $150 to the state winner.
    • OFMC Chairman: Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti
    • 2735 Millsboro Rd. E, Mansfield, OH 44903
    • Phone: (419)528-8884
    • Email: ggmahamu@owu.edu
  • Dance Award (For University and College Departments affiliated with OFMC)
    • $1,200 award
    • Application Deadline:  April 15
    • Chairman: Dr. Mary Fahrenbruck, 249 Northwood Drive, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
    • Phone: 937-767-941
    • Email: pianomary@gmail.com
  • R. Keith Newton Music Education Essay Award
    • $1000 total awards, 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200
    • Application and Essay Deadline:  March 1
    • Chairman:Wanda Stubbart, 2002 Brimfield Court, Columbus, OH 43229-3814
    • Phone: (614) 885-0987
    • Email: wanda.stubbart@gmail.com
  • Music Therapy Scholarships
    • (Recipients not eligible two consecutive years)
    • $1200 award at each school
    • Application Deadline:  April 1
    • Chairman:  Ronna Kaplan, Chair, Center for Music Therapy
    • The Music Settlement, 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
    • Phone: (216) 421-5806 Extension 142
    • Email: rkaplan@themusicsettlement.org
      • Baldwin Wallace University
        College of Wooster
        Contact for both: Lalene Kay, Director, Music Therapy Consortium
        Baldwin Wallace University, 275 Eastland Road, Berea ,OH 44017
        Phone:  (440) 826-3176
        Email: lkay@bw.edu
      • University of Dayton
        Contact: Susan Gardstrom, Coordinator of Music Therapy Program
        School of Music, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH  45469
        Phone: (937) 229-3908
        Email: Susan.Gardstrom@notes.udayton.edu
      • Ohio University (Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship)
        Contact:  Kamile Geist, Music Therapy Program Coordinator
        School of Music, Robert Glidden Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
        Phone: (740) 593-4249
        Email: geistk@ohio.edu
      • Cleveland State University
        Contact:  Deborah L. Layman, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
        Music and Communications Building, Room 357
        2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
        Phone: 216-802-3343
        Email: d.l.layman@csuohio.edu
  • Music Therapy Internship (beginning in the 2016 – 2017 school year)
  • Application Deadline: April 1
    • $500 award to one intern from each of the five Ohio colleges/universities
      offering music therapy degree programs:  Baldwin Wallace, College of
      Wooster. Ohio University, University of Dayton and Cleveland State
      University
    • Chairman: Ronna Kaplan, Chair, Center for Music Therapy
    • The Music Settlement, 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106-1813
    • Phone: (216) 421-5806 Extension 142
    • Email: rkaplan@themusicsettlement.org
  • Collegiate Composers Contest
    • $2000. total awards, (1st $1000, 2nd $600, 3rd $400)
    • Application & Rules and Composition Deadline  March 1
    • Chairman:  Camden Dell Grote, 260 Kingsfield Ct., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
    • Phone: (937) 767-9879
    • E-mail:  cajida@aol.com
  • Marjorie Neville Collaborative Piano Award (Accompanying)
    • $1,000 award for winning accompanist and $200 for soloist
    • Application Deadline:  February 20
    • Auditions:  March 20 at Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center, Wright State University
    • Chairman:  Dr. Jackson Leung, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH  45435-0002
    • Phone: (937) 775-2386
    • Email: jackson.leung@wright.edu
  • The Winifred Collins Music Education Scholarship ($1,400)
    The Gertrude Seiberling Music Education Scholarship ($1,400)

    • Both awarded by the Tuesday Musical Association, Akron, Ohio
    • Application: all information is to be submitted online between January 1 and February 1, 2017
    • Chairman:  George Pope, 518 Dorchester Rd., Akron, OH 43220-1923
    • Phone: (330) 869-9113
    • Email: gspope@uakron.edu
  • Helen Curtis Webster Award ($1,400)
    • Administered by Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Chairman:  Donna Gerber, 14249 Sperry Road, Newbury, OH 44065-9714
    • Phone: (440) 338-8187
    • Email: minydur@twc.com
  • Agnes Fowler Scholarships (Selected by the College/University)  Awards Total $15,000
  1. A $1000 scholarship to a student in an OFMC affiliated school majoring in music, preferably strong in performance and proficient on at least one instrument or in voice.
  2. The school shall choose the recipient by the February 15 deadline.
  3. Each eligible school will be sent a form (Rules & Application) to be completed with their recipient and returned to:
    Brenda Bradley, 974 Arch St., Salem, OH 44460-2942
    Phone: (330)-332-1736
    E-mail:  mikahstorm@hotmail.com
  4. The student receiving the scholarship should be willing to perform once at a State Convention, a District Conference in NE, SE, SW or NW Ohio, or a local music club meeting.
  5.  The colleges eligible to receive the scholarship would include all those affiliated schools not already receiving other automatic awards in Music Therapy or for PhD. Candidates.
Ashland University Miami University University of Akron
Bowling Green State University Oberlin Conservatory of Music University of Mount Union
Central State University Ohio Northern University Wright State University
Heidelberg University Ohio Wesleyan University Youngstown State University
Kent State University Otterbein University Malone University
  • Accompanists for Agnes Fowler winners performances at District Conferences  ( $150 ea / 4 districts)  $600
  • Accompanists for Agnes Fowler winners performances at State Convention ($150 ea / 2 per convention)  $300.00

  • Ohio Chautauqua Scholarship $500
    • For information, write to:
    • Sarah Malinoski-Umberger, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722
    • Phone: (716)-357-6217   Email: smalinoski@ciweb.org
  • Award for Master’s Degree in Music/Music Education at any member University in Ohio ($1400) (Application & Rules)
  • Award for Ph.D in Music at The Ohio State University ($1400)
  • Award for Ph.D in Music at The University of Cincinnati ($1400)
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Chairman: Dr. Margarita Denenburg, 3626 Turfside Circle, Huron, OH 44839
  • Phone: (480) 529-732     Email: mdenenbu@heidelberg.edu

SENIOR DIVISION (Age 26 and up)

  • Adult Composers Competition  $1500 total awards (1st $700, 2nd $500, 3rd $300)
    • Application Deadline:  January 15
    • Competition Rules
    • Chairman:  Marietta Brits, 1692 Van Pelt St. Columbus, OH 43220
    • Phone:(H) (614)-273-0251; (W)(614)-807-2632  Email: marietta.brits@gmail.com
      1. Applications and rules are available from the chairman of each competition. The information is also available on the OFMC website: www.ofmc.org.  Click on Competitions and Awards.
      2. Awards are given based on the final decision of the judges.
      3. Applications are also available for National Competitions and Awards on the National Federation of Music Clubs Website; www.nfmc-music.org
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