Music Department Donors

Georgina Dieter Dennis Scholarship Winners 2018 

Florida Atlantic University is proud to announce the Georgina Dieter Dennis Vocal Scholarship Award, available to eligible Florida students by audition in the Department of Music. Georgina Dieter Dennis was an award-winning opera singer whose career spanned several decades. She performed with the National Opera Association, Canada’s Civic Music Light Opera Company, with the USO during World War II, and was nationally broadcasted in a number of radio shows until she moved to Florida in the 1960’s. She established her foundation in order to provide financial assistance to singers who wished to advance in their music studies, and the Georgina Dieter Dennis Foundation selected Florida Atlantic University’s vocal program as a partner in this mission. The Department of Music is honored and grateful for this generous gift that provides support for our talented vocal students.

2018 Georgina Dieter Dennis Foundation Scholarship recipients picture above:

Top Row Left to Right: Martina DaSilva, Laura Romero, Samuel Flores, Ron Schagrin, Stephanie Panekwich, Patrick Watkins and Danyele James.

Front Row Left to Right: Hannah Harris, Asmik Arutiuniants, Eerang Ahn Jessika Roy, Luis Javier and Amber Wright.

 Fara Love and scholarship recipient

Fara Love presents the Fall 2017 Jerry and Devon Love Commercial Music Scholarship to Commercial Music student Dallas Rinek. The endowed scholarship is in memory of her husband Jerry and daughter Devon. The Department of Music and the Commercial Music program are grateful for Fara Love's generosity and are proud to be able to assist in her vision towards building successful careers for commercial music students. (Pictured from left: Rebecca Lautar, Chair; Fara Love; Dallas Rinek; Michael Zager, Eminent Scholar in Music; Alejandro Sanchez-Samper, Associate Professor of Music)

 Madelyn Savarick Madrigal Dinner Underwriter

Madelyn Savarick is a long-time friend to the Department of Music, and has underwritten the FAU Madrigal Dinner since its inception. The Department and the students and faculty in the area of Choral and Vocal Studies are greatly appreciative of her financial and personal support of this annual event. 

Program support

Joe Warner and his late wife Meryll provide generous support through The Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation. Their annual donation is given as unrestricted support to meet the greatest needs of the department, including the support of FAU’s annual Jazz Band Festival.

Ross Jones provides annual support to the Classical Guitar Society by sponsoring guest artists such as Giorgio Mirto and the DUO MÖLLER-FRATICELLI.

Ellie Stern and her late husband Hank Stern continue to provide generous support for building and sustaining the Commercial Music Program since its inception in 2002. 

Florida Atlantic University Department of Music Scholarship Donors

Helene C. Alter Memorial Scholarship Fund: Scholarship for a music major in classical music performance or music education.

Marleen Forkas Endowed Scholarship for Piano Excellence: The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to a talented American undergraduate or graduate piano performance major  who shows talent as defined by the piano faculty.  The scholarship shall be awarded for one academic year, but may be renewed if funding is available. The scholarship may be awarded to more than one student, within the Dean's discretion.

Michael and Madelyn Savarick Scholarship in Music Excellence: This scholarship is to provide a full year's tuition to a Music major based on talent and dedication to music excellence as determined by the FAU music faculty.

Zilpha Poli Friedman Endowed Music Scholarship: To provide scholarships to students majoring or minoring in music.

Jerry and Devon Love Commercial Music Scholarship Endowment: Awarded to top students selected by the Commercial Music Faculty Committee.

Eugene N. Crabb Music Scholarship Endowment: Established in 1985 in honor of retired FAU professor, Eugene Crabb.  Awarded through the Dept. of Music to undergraduate and graduate students studying any instrument. 

Richard Wright Scholarship Endowment: Established in honor of retired FAU professor, Richard Wright.

Mildred Witt Endowed Scholarship for Performing and Visual Arts: To provide scholarships in the performing and visual arts. Theater, Music and Visual Arts.

The Duprees Endowed Music Scholarship Funded by the Groskins: To provide scholarships to students majoring or minoring in music.

Dr. Richard W.J. Hayman Scholarship in Music: Awarded to a full-time music student.

Marie Iandoli Music Fund: To support the Music Department.