Scholarships

2016 Hamza Abouelhouda

2015 Christiana Shelenberger

2014 Rachel Lovelace

2013 Mitchell Kuhn & Andrew Callahan

For over fifty years through its Philanthropic Department, Friday Musicale has awarded music scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Jacksonville area pursuing degrees in music. These four-year scholarships are awarded to instrumental and vocal students annually. A panel of three highly qualified judges choose the best of the best and award the scholarships. Students awarded these scholarships must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and major in music.

2017 Scholarship Auditions will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Please read the letter below to learn about the changes you'll see in the 2017 Scholarship Auditions at Friday Musicale.

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Re: Four-year College Scholarships for Graduating Seniors Majoring In Music

Dear Friends,

This year, Friday Musicale and the Florida Federation of Music Clubs: St. John’s District will audition students for college scholarships jointly on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Friday Musicale Auditorium at 645 Oak Street, 32204.  Auditions begin at 9:00am.

A scholarship may be awarded to a high school senior musician (instrumental) in the greater Jacksonville area entering an accredited college or university in the United States in the fall semester of 2017 who will major in music. Highly qualified, impartial judges will select the winners based on performance.  The judges have the discretion to withhold awarding scholarships as well.  Students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship.  Students and their teachers are not required to be active in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs: St. John’s District to be eligible for the FFMC scholarships.  No piano concerto auditions will be allowed.

Friday Musicale has a four-year Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Scholarship available for four thousand dollars ($4,000) annually for four consecutive years.

The Friday Musicale scholarship continues for the four years provided the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (transcripts are due to Friday Musicale before semester awards are mailed) and is a music major.  Scholarship winner is asked to perform at the annual Scholarship Laureates Concerts in December and in May.  The Friday Musicale scholarship is designated to reimburse tuition costs of the student winner. Award is sent directly to the treasurer at the winner’s college or university in the fall and spring semesters of each school year.   In the rare occasion that the winning student has scholarships that fully cover tuition, but is still in need of room and board, the scholarship may be paid directly to the winner’s college or university for room and board on campus only.

Florida Federation for Music Clubs: St. John’s District may have four $500 scholarships available as one-time awards.

The Mary Elizabeth Land Scholarship for Piano (Recipient’s teacher must be a Federation teacher.)
2017 FFMC District President’s Scholarship for Piano St. John’s District
2017 FFMC District President’s Scholarship for Strings St. John’s District
2017 FFMC District President’s Scholarship for Voice & Instruments other than Strings/Piano St. John’s District

Florida Federation for Music Clubs: St. John’s District scholarship winners are asked to perform a minimum of one selection at the end of the year Harmony Senior Music Club/St. John’s District meeting.  At the end of the recipient’s first year of college, a transcript must be provided showing the student completed the year as a music major.  If the student fails to comply, scholarship funds must be returned to the Florida Federation for Music Clubs: St. John’s District.

Teachers and administrators are asked to present this information to the students (and parents) eligible to participate in these scholarship auditions. Applications are currently available on Friday Musicale’s website and must be submitted to Friday Musicale via website by Monday, March 27, 2017. All applicants must also submit a high school transcript and three copies of music to Friday Musicale by Monday, March 27, 2017.  Late applications, high school transcripts and music copies will not be accepted.  Students who have not fulfilled the three requirements (website application, high school transcript and music copies all submitted by due date) will not be allowed to audition for scholarships, no exceptions. With questions, please e-mail mail@fridaymusicale.com and your question will be submitted to the Philanthropic Scholarship Committee for an answer.  Students need only apply once via Friday Musicale’s website to be considered for Friday Musicale and FFMC St. John’s District scholarships.

Friday Musicale and the Florida Federation for Music Clubs: St. John’s District scholarships support the development of young musicians, and consequently their contributions, to the life of the cultural community in the greater Jacksonville area and beyond. Friday Musicale and the Florida Federation for Music Clubs: St. John’s District take pride in their ongoing programs of administering scholarships.

Goetz Neubauer
Board Chair, Friday Musicale, Inc.

For more information, please contact Friday Musicale at 904-355-7584.


Friday Musicale scholarships have contributed to the professional development of many young musicians from Jacksonville, which has led to their subsequent contributions to the life of our cultural community. The Philanthropic Committee takes pride in this continuing program. Recent scholarship recipients are:

2016 - Hamza Abouelhouda, percussion, Manhattan School of Music
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2015 - Christiana Shelenberger, piano, Florida State University
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2014 - Rachel Lovelace, bassoon, University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2013 - Mitchell Kuhn, oboe, The Juilliard School
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2013 - Andrew Callahan, piano, University of Michigan
Recipient of the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship

2012 - Samuel Casseday, double bass, Curtis Institute of Music
Recipient of the Friday Musicale Scholarship

2012 - Hannah Fell, flute, University of Florida
Friday Musicale Honorable Mention

2012 - Gabriela Pena-Kim, violin, TBD
Friday Musicale Honorable Mention

2011 - Likai He, violin, Columbus State University
Recipient of the Marian Waterman Caldwell Instrumental Scholarship

2011 - Elisa Gentry, clarinet, Florida State University
Recipient of the Friday Musicale Scholarship

2011 - Brandon Mosley, clarinet, Stetson University
Friday Musicale Honorable Mention

2010 - Allison Watkins, flute, Florida State University
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2010 - Danielle Morgan Cheiken, soprano, Oberlin College
Recipient of the Friday Musicale Vocal Scholarship

2009 - Kensley Behel, clarinet, Florida State University
Recipient of the Marian Armington Waterman Poitevent Instrumental Scholarship

2009 - Preston Masters, baritone (voice), Florida State University
Recipient of the Friday Musicale Vocal Scholarship

2007 - John Henry Kruer, violin, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester