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.

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
Scholarship Fund

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.