Our mission is to inspire lifelong interest and encouragement in opera and classical music, and to promote music education for students, including financial support.

Proud sponsor of the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program

The Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program has begun accepting applications.

Student Eligibility Highlights:

  1. You must be graduating from a Lake, Marion, or Sumter County high school or academy in spring 2022;

  2. You must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0;

  3. You must be majoring or minoring in music at the college or university of your choice beginning with the 2022-23 academic year; and

  4. Applications and additional Schwartz competition information will be available on this site and distributed to high school educators and guidance staff in the fall 2021. Make sure you check this site then for details.

Read full eligibility requirements by downloading the full document.

Attention Music Educator or Guidance Counselor (Learn more)

Dear Music Educator or Guidance Counselor:

We are happy to announce that we will be conducting the Schwartz Program again in 2022. This year, the First Prize will be a scholarship of up to $12,000! Students applying must be graduating seniors from Lake, Sumter, or Marion county with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Scholarships awarded must be used for the winner’s first year of college music studies during the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants must be planning to major or minor in Music at a college or university of their choice. Instrumentalists and vocalists are eligible to participate.

The 2022 Schwartz Scholarship applications will be due on March 1, 2022. Applications and additional Schwartz competition information will be emailed to educators in the fall and will be available on this web-site in October 2021.

We are asking your assistance in encouraging your most promising music students to apply! With your help, we can make sure that the most talented music students get the help they deserve as they follow their dreams.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance in any way.

We look forward to working with you and your vocal and/or instrumental students in their participation in the Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Program.


Ms. Marty Taylor, Harold Schwartz Music Scholarship Chair,

Opera Club of the Villages