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Scholarships – Music Foundation of Greater Naples

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Scholarship Program and Awards – established in 1970

Middle and high school instrumental and voice students audition before a panel of judges.

Categories: Voice, Piano, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Guitar/Harp

Judges determine awards based on ranking of student performances in each category

Funding: Individual donors and MFGN Scholarship Fund


2023 Scholarship application information : 


2023 Scholarship entries are now closed and the winners have been announced! Winner information below. Check back here for 2024 information when available.  

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2023 MFGN Scholarship Competition! Attached please find a list of the winners in each category for both Junior and Senior divisions.

In addition to the winners list, contestants can login to our website (HeartOut.io) and view their account. Just open the 2023 event, click on the Registration box (includes their name), and scroll down to see the 2 or 3 judging sheets from the judges. Simply click on each Judge link to see the feedback and scoring for each category.

The WINNER’S RECITAL will be scheduled later in April. As soon as we have ALL the details for the when and where, we will get back to you all with that information. In the meantime, MFGN board member Cathy Pflieger will be contacting those students who are eligible to perform in the recital. ALL scholarship checks and certificates will be handed out at the WINNER’S RECITAL. Everyone is invited to attend.

Congratulations and Thank You to everyone who performed this year and a special Congratulations to all of our Scholarship Winners. We are proud of all of you!

Lorraine Wistrom
Val Esnes
MFGN Scholarship Competition Co-Chairs

download press release here :
Press Release – Scholarship Competition

2023 scholarship - Junior recipients - Music Foundation of Greater Naples
2023 scholarship – Junior recipients
Scholarship 2023 - Senior recipients - Music Foundation of Greater Naples
Scholarship 2023 – Senior recipients









2021 Hammes Award winner
1st Place – $3000
Lucas Bradshaw, percussion
Hammes Scholarship winner, Lucas Bradshaw

The $3,000 Hammes Musician Scholar Award is presented to a 12th grader, based upon competition score, music achievement, scholastic grade point average, community service, an essay, a personal interview and a recital program. Graciously underwritten since 2018 by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hammes, this award succeeds the Turiel established in 1995 by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Turiel in memory of their son David.






Alden Gatt,
1st place in our piano scholarship competition

“Dear Naples Music Club,
I’m sorry I can’t be there in person to celebrate this milestone with you! There is SO much to celebrate. My experience with the Naples Music Club competitions and recitals as a teenager shaped my life and career, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Financially, the competition awards helped pay for my piano lessons with Lan Lam, sponsored my summer music festival training at the Luzerne Music Center, Brevard Music Center, and Orford Music Academy, and the Turiel Prize offset some of my tuition at the Eastman School of Music. Needless to say, these programs developed my technical and artistic abilities to create the musician I am today. More than that, however, the encouragement and validation that I received from you was enough to convince me that I was on the right path in the first place, and that I should continue pursuing my dream of being a pianist. Having lived in Germany now for several years, the contrast to the US is remarkable in terms of how much exposure students receive in classical music, and how much classical music is simply a part of everyone’s lives. In an age when the US suffers from a lack of appreciation for the arts, nurturing a passion for classical music in young students is priceless.
So, I wish I could be there today to applaud you for all the work you have done and are continuing to do. You have helped support and foster the talent of so many developing musicians, and I’m honored to be one of them!”

Johanne Nordilus,
MFGN award-winning voice student in 2010 and 2011, 2011 graduate of Palmetto Ridge High School, presently attending Florida State University in Tallahassee: 

“I would like to thank the [Music Foundation of Greater Naples] for all of the wonderful opportunities you provide for young performers like me to grow musically. Through the Scholarship Program I’ve gained performance experience and more knowledge on technique. With the funds that I was awarded I was able to take voice lessons and help pay for my college expenses. This club is a wonderful organization that is helping keep music alive in Naples and giving students the chance of a lifetime to continue to study music. Thank you all for the work you’ve done. I know this organization will continue to change the lives of students for years to come. I truly appreciate all that you do! Sincerely, Johanne Nordilus”