Tony Tagliavia, Media Manager –Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE – Six MPS students will study the piano alongside professionals at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for the upcoming school year thanks to the annual Mary Horwitt Piano Scholarships.
Experienced teaching artists will work with the students to prepare them for a lifetime of enjoyment at the piano.
The family of Mary Horwitt, a Milwaukee Public Schools graduate, generously awards the scholarships each year to promising MPS piano students in middle and high school grades who may not otherwise be able to access private lessons at the conservatory as Mary Horwitt did as a young girl.
The winning students for 2015-16 are:
Antonio Banda, Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
Naliah Fenner, Rufus King International High School
Nina Frankovic, Milwaukee School of Languages
Dominika Lulewicz, Rufus King International High School
Peter Morrell, Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts
Joanna Rogowski, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School
To earn the scholarships, worth up to $1,000 each, students submit a personal statement, a letter of recommendation and a three-to-five-minute audio recording of the student’s piano playing. Finalists audition in April. Winners are asked to follow in the footsteps of Mary Horwitt and share their piano talents with residents of local nursing homes.
“Our family is proud to support MPS schools, teachers and the students who auditioned for the scholarship in April. We look forward to hearing about their progress in 2015-16,” said Sandy Horwitt, who is the son of Mary Horwitt and, like his mother, graduated from MPS’ Washington High School.
MPS continues to be committed to music education. Over the past three years, the district has added more than 140 art, music and physical education teaching positions to MPS schools and that commitment will continue in 2015-16.
MPS thanks the family of Mary Horwitt and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for their partnership and support of MPS students.