The Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships
In 1997, The Opera Club of The Villages established the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program to honor the founder of The Villages, and to commemorate his lifelong love of music. It is a goal of the Scholarship Program to encourage and support students of music in developing their talent and achieving their educational goals, which will, in turn, enrich all of our lives. Since its inception, more than $378,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students in Lake, Marion & Sumter Counties.
Applications are in the process of being sent to schools in the tri-county area and students meeting the eligibility requirements are being urged to apply. Auditions will be held at Laurel Manor Recreation Center on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Both the Eligibility
Pauline Pan, Shirley Agness, Len and Mary Boczkowski, Else Drusts,
Joan Lucker, Gerri Piscitelli, Lou Sasmor, Norm Schuster,
Rudy Ruckert, Helga Sharp, Jackie and Roy Ullrich
and the Application Forms can be accessed by clicking here. A condition of winning a scholarship includes a mandatory appearance at our "Showcase of Winners" to be held at the April 25, 2019 meeting of the Opera Club.
2018 Scholarship Auditions a Rousing Success
The Laurel Manor Recreation Center was alive with the sound of music on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Our Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Auditions took place, and the assembled crowd was treated to a wonderful array of instrumental and vocal music. This year, the number of high school students applying for our scholarships was larger than ever, and the caliber of talent was so high that our panel of judges had a difficult time choosing those most deserving of being awarded scholarships. Regrettable, not everyone can be given that honor, but we were able to expand the number of total awards to eight. At our April 26, 2018 Opera Club meeting we will learn the identity of the winners, and we will hear them perform their audition selection.
The 20 students participating in the auditions are pictured below.
Naijah Cox Aleigh Papagno Mick Pepper Simone Sharrieff Zachary Gilligan
Trumpet Piano Tenor Trombone Euphonium Tuba
Forest HS Homeschooled Mt. Dora HS Lake Minneola HS Vanguard HS
Marianna Jimenez Casey Marden Benjamin Nikolai Samuel Maxwell Kaley Walker
Trombone Trumpet Percussion (Xylophone) Percussion (Marimba) Flute
Trinity Catholic HS Tavares HS Trinity Catholic HS Tavares HS Lake Minneola HS
William Harwood Erik Pedersen Andrew Becker Julia Sills Analise Cutter
Alto Sax Tenor Sax Alto Sax Flute Soprano
The Villages Charter HS West Port HS Mt. Dora HS Mt. Dora HS Tavares HS
Ajax McDonell Genesis Heart Joshua Plante Micah Castillo Daniel Pino
Alto Sax Soprano Baritone Soprano Baritone
Forest HS The Villages Charter HS Vanguard HS Trinity Catholic HS Trinity Catholic HS
Showcase of Talent Contributes to
On Friday, June 15, 2018, the "Showcase of Talent" presented a "Patriotic Spirit Program" at the sold out La Hacienda Recreation Center. Since the moderate admission fees to these events are designated to be contributed to scholarship programs, the Opera Club of The Villages was fortunate to be the recipient of a $6,000.00 check to be added to our Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Fund. Our Vice President Mary Boczkowski attended the event and accepted the check on behalf of our organization. Mary is pictured at left, holding the check, and she is flanked by Diana and Joe Arlt. The Opera Club is extremely grateful for this very generous donation, and wishes to express its sincere thanks to the "Showcase of Talent" and to Diana and Joe Arlt.