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Nolt Music Award

The Nolt Music Award is a grant of up to $3000 enabling Franklin & Marshall student musicians to undertake musically enriching projects. Possible projects include taking lessons with a member of a major orchestra or opera company resulting in a recital, attending a summer music festival in the U.S. or abroad, funding the premiere of a student composition, undertaking a research or field-work trip, going to a major metropolitan area to attend/critique a series of concerts or operas, or funding a tour by the Nolt Scholar's chamber ensemble. Awards of more than $3000 may be possible upon special request. Any enrolled Franklin & Marshall student may apply; however, projects must be completed prior to the student's graduation.

Criteria for receiving Nolt Music Awards include:

  • musical interest and merit of the project,
  • quality and thoroughness of the application,
  • potential artistic benefit to the applicant and the community,
  • academic standing of the applicant, and
  • the music faculty's assessment of the integrity and musical potential of the applicant.

Students must secure a music faculty advisor as they develop a proposal, and will continue to work with this advisor as they complete the project. Students who receive Nolt Music Awards will make a presentation representing the outcome of their project. Typical formats for these presentations include a brief lecture/demonstration (about 15 to 20 minutes), a display in the lobby of Barshinger Concert Hall, or a performance. This award is made possible by a generous gift from Joseph '59 and Marianne Nolt. When possible, Nolt Scholars may have the opportunity to greet Mr. and Mrs. Nolt at this or other appropriate events.

Past Nolt Music Projects

2013 Ariel Eland '14 Studying popular music in Salvador, Brazil 
2013 Matthew Momjian '14 Conduct and rehearse a performance of Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 and Yardumian, Armenian Suite
2013 Kelby Sappington '14 Analyzing, rehearsing and conducting Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
2013 Bingxin Zhang Attend China's Central Conservatory of Music master program for guzheng players
2013 Liza Munk '13 Transportation to and from New York City to rehearse and perform with the New York City Arabic Orchestra.
2012 Alexandra Moody '13 Conduct and host an instrumental concert focused on introducing live concert hall music to elementary age children.
2012 Liza Munk '13 Attend the Arab American Arts Institute's Arab Music Retreat, obtain a 'ud and take private 'ud lessons.
2012 James Rucinski '14 Attend the Alexander & Buono Music Festival and the Winter Harbon Music Festival
2012 Jacqueline Sager '12 Conduct rehearsals and a performance of Mozart's Requiem.
2011 Maggie Gergen '13 Study and volunteer at the Intore Culture & Music Center in Kingali, Rwanda
2010   Chao Bian '11 Study Chinese folksong performance with Li-Jun Pan at the Nanjing Arts Institute
2010   Chelsey Craig '12 Compete with The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corp and take percussion lessons
2010   Lorenzo Daughtry-Chambers '11 West African drumming lessons in Ghana with Kimati Dinizulu
2010   Yiqiu Fan '11 Attend the International Summer Academy "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, Austria
2010   Steven Roy '11 Conduct and rehearse F&M Orchestra in a performance of music by living composers
2009   Rujing Huang '11 Study music production with Randall Thomas
2009   Marci Barr '11 Obtain and receive lessons on the hammered dulcimer
2009   Rujing Huang '11 Participate in the Performance Program at the Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA
2009   Prescott McWilliams '11 To present a lecture/concert featuring the Buchanan Brass Quintet including a guest appearance by the Lancaster Brass Quintet and the premiere of a new brass quintet by Scott Loose
2008   Benjamin Williams '09 A comparison of pedagogical techniques and style of three major voice teachers
2008   Natasha Loomis '09 Participate in the Banff Centre Master Classes in Canada and the Cranford Summer School in England
2008   Matthew Solin '09 Receive lessons on the Hardinger fiddle, the primary folk instrument of Norway
2008   Jennifer Jin '09 Intense summer study with Odin Rathnam, concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony
2007   Saxon Williams '08 Create an electronic music composition using a variety of instruments including a koto
2007   Laura Michaels '08 Conduct and rehearse F&M Philharmonia resulting in a performance of music inspired by Don Quixote
2007   Joan Brumbaugh '08 Create and conduct a new composition to be premiered by the F&M Symphonic Wind Ensemble
2007   Deanna Broughton '09 Attend the Violin Workshop in Cambridge, UK, and learn how to make violins
2007   Rebecca Zinner '09 Participate in the "Music on the Silk Road" international tour in China with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music
2007   Matthew Solin '09 Participate in the "Music on the Silk Road" international tour in China with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music
2006   Christopher Crawford '08 Purchase of a hurdy-gurdy, lessons and recital
2006   Joseph Simon '07 Recruit professional orchestra for and conduct all Mozert concert including Symphony No. 41, Serenade No. 11, and Overture to Marriage of Figaro
2006   Saxon Williams '08 Purchase of a koto, lessons while in China resulting in presentation of his original composition on koto upon return to F&M
2006   James Ross '08 Participation in Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague resulting in a short recital upon return to F&M featuring repertoire from the festival
2005   Eugene Clark '07 Film documentary on the history of the New Holland Band
2005   William Mogey '07 Electric guitar lessons with noted guitar teachers in Philadelphia resulting in the performance of Will's original composition for electric guitar
2005   Douglas Smith '08 Composition and piano lessons to prepare to compose a piano trio to be performed by the Philadelphia Trio
2005   Megan Westmoreland '07 Participation in the Pennsylvania Academy of Music's Music Naturally Festival and in the Julius Baker Flute Master Class

To apply:  Submit a proposal 250 to 750 words in length describing the project. Include a detailed budget, a time line, a description of the format for presentation, and the name and signature of your faculty advisor. Applications are due on the last Friday in March at 4:00 p.m. and should be submitted to the Music Department Coordinator, Room 105, Meyran Hall.