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Evelyn Bonar Storrs Piano Scholarship Fund

In 1989, Evelyn Bonar Storrs made a bequest to Musical Club to establish a piano scholarship. Her will stated in part, “I have tried to express my appreciation for the enjoyment and pleasure in having been a member of the Musical Club of Hartford...With this in mind, I have established the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for talented and advanced students of piano...”

Scholarships Granted

This past year the Musical Club Storrs Committee, which administers the Storrs Scholarship Fund, granted cash awards to the winners of the Musical Club High School Competition for Piano. Additionally, the committee awarded individual scholarships to approximately 20 advanced students of piano from ages 18 to 30, either living in Connecticut or attending area colleges, and gave organization scholarships to Hartford Chapter, CSMTA, for the Audrey Thayer Competition; The Hartt School, University of Hartford; The University of Hartford Community Division. The Storrs Scholars have each been awarded one-year memberships in Musical Club.

Application Requirements

  • A completed Application Form
  • A CD or digital audio file, approximately 15 minutes long, with two contrasting works. Along with your submission, please indicate the year it was recorded and a list of its contents. YouTube clips are now accepted for the performance portion of the application.
  • A letter of recommendation from your current piano teacher.
  • An essay of 300 words or fewer on your goals, short- and long-term, and why you are requesting financial assistance.
  • A list of repertoire performed in the past two years only.

All application materials are mandatory. They should be sent to Storrs Committee Chair:

             Colette Switaj, 36 Goodale Dr, Newington, CT 06111, e-mail: musicswing<at>hotmail.com.

Deadline for receipt of materials is April 1, 2020. Recipients will be selected and notified by April 30, 2020.

Funds are limited and available to “talented and advanced students of the piano,” ages 18-30, who have had traditional, classical training. Preference will be given to college students living or studying in Connecticut. Recipients will be selected by the Storrs Committee after consideration of the submitted material.

Each year selected Storrs Scholarship recipients present a recital for members of the Musical Club and the general public. This year's recital had been scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.