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Award winners at the Harold S. Schwartz
Music Scholarships ceremony in 2017.
interest are then awarded
To be eligible for the Haradditional free lessons the
old S. Schwartz Music Scholfollowing semester.
arship, students must be
"The Make Music Proeither minoring or majoring
gram is doing a lot of the
in a music degree program
same things that the Muat a college, university or
sic Assistance Program is
music conservatory. StuThe Villagers
doing, except now we're
dents also must submit an
s e e m T o l o V e i T.
reaching them earlier,"
application and audition in
They loVe hearing
said Mary Boczkowski, Opfront of club members.
The new music
era Club vice president and
The Opera Club formerly
MMP co-coordinator. "This
only awarded scholarships
of These young,
upcoming year we already
to music majors. However,
V i b r a n T, a s p i r i n g
have seven students signed
since opening the scholn e w s Ta r s .
up for the vocal (program)."
arship program to music
- Gerri Piscitelli
The Opera Club holds
minors as well, they have
two large annual fundraisreceived more applications,
ing events - "Three Tenors Plus One" and the Enclub President Gerri Piscitelli said.
chanted Evening Concert.
"This year we had a banner year of applicants," PiFor the Enchanted Evening Concert, taking place
scitelli said. "Last year we had 16 (applications) - this
Nov. 17 at La Hacienda Recreation Center, the Opera
year we had 23. So it made a difference."
Club invites college and conservatory students to
Along with the Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Properform for Villagers. The concert features two
gram, the Opera Club also offers the Music Assistance
vocal students and two instrumental students, and
Program and the Make Music Program.
Piscitelli said responses from the audience have been
MAP offers partial payment for private music lessons
for 10 vocalists and 10 instrumental students at The
"The Villagers seem to love it," Piscitelli said. "They
Villages High School.
love hearing the new music of these young, vibrant,
"The Music Assistance Program has been in effect
aspiring new stars."
for four years," said Jackie Ullrich, Opera Club member
and MAP co-coordinator. "We ask the teachers to seIn addition, the Opera Club offers the Oscar Feliu Award
lect students for the program who are very interested
to one or more students at The Villages High School.
in music and who would be consistently willing to pracNamed after one of the founders of the Opera Club, the
tice and benefit from the private lessons."
club gives the $3,000 award to students who consistently
According to Ullrich, two students from the Music
participate and contribute to the music program.
Assistance Program recently went on to receive the
Even though many of the Opera Club board
Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship.
members do not come from professional music
"It gave us a lot of hope for the future," Ullrich said.
backgrounds themselves - Piscitelli, Boczkowski and
The Make Music Program provides free music lesUllrich all are former schoolteachers - they all love
sons - both instrumental and vocal - to interested
music and recognize the need for continuing music
and eligible students at The Villages Middle School. Stueducation. After all, it is right there at the top of their
dents who stick with their lessons and continue to show
website - a love of music is all that is required.
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