Newark First UMC is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Free Piano Lesson Scholarships. The Missions Team is making these scholarships available to four young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to take lessons. Each of the four scholarships is valued at $1,600.00. Our own talented Stephanie Mercer, who is Newark First UMC worship accompanist, will serve as the instructor for the piano lessons. ‘
Stephanie earned her BA in Music Education and has over 15 years of piano teaching experience with students ranging from the beginner level through to the advanced level. She currently teaches piano in her home studio as well as at Mobile Music in Canandaigua. Presently, Stephanie has vast experience accompanying choirs in and around the Finger Lakes/Rochester area.
“We are extraordinarily excited to move in this new missional direction,” said Della Ludwig, chair of the Missions team. “Our local church has long been noted for its outstanding musical program. Music has always been central to our worship—filling our sanctuary with emotions
that would go untapped were the music not there.. It seemed natural, when we saw this opportunity, to provide music instruction for this next generation—to move ahead with this scholarship program.”
The scholarship program is open to all students in grade 3-12 who can provide proof of financial need. Each of the four scholarship recipients will be entitled to an academic year of weekly 1/2-hour piano lessons at no cost to them. Students will have the luxury of rehearsing on the Steinway grand piano in our sanctuary. This piano, made of first-cut rosewood, was built in 1915 and has been identified as a real treasure by area piano technicians. Students will also be able to practice at the church if they do not have access to a piano elsewhere. All music for lessons will be included as part of the scholarship. Additionally, students will be welcomed to attend a Hochstein student/faculty recital. A spring recital is planned for scholarship recipients to share what they have learned.
Applications for the scholarships are available here or may be picked up in the church office. We are working with area schools to get the word out. The deadline for application submission is September 21, 2015. If you know anyone interested, please pick up an application and help us spread the word.
Newark First UMC Missions Team Provides the Gift of Music through Scholarships