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

Scholarship Committee
Marty Taylor,Chair
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.

Love is in the Air . . . that's "Amore"
At the February 2019 monthly meeting of the Opera Club of The Villages, held on Thursday the 28th, members of the Central Florida Lyric Opera Company, accompanied by and under the direction of Maestro Bill Doherty, presented a program entitled "Amore."  Selections included both opera arias as well as love songs from various Broadway productions.  Highlights of the evening (at least in this reporters opinion) were Michelle Struhar's rendition of Ode to the Moon from Dvorak's opera "Rusalka," and Vilja from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" sung by Kayla Tassone.  The cast was rounded out by Soprano Victoria Sexton who is equally at home in opera or Broadway repertoire, and Bass/Baritone Miguel Salas, who sang several lesser known opera arias.  It should be noted that Kayla Tassone is a senior at The Villages Charter High School, is being taught by Bill Doherty, and is expected to be one of the applicants for this year's Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships.
Victoria Sexton
(from left)  Victoria Sexton, Bill Doherty, Kayla Tassone, Miguel Salas, Michelle Struhar