Scholarships & Symphony Hall Scholars (SHS)

Symphony Hall Scholars and Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grants

Grant Application

Donate using Mail-In Form or with PayPal:

Sponsor List

What Is SHS?

Symphony Hall Scholars (SHS) was begun more then ten years ago as a vehicle to solicit charitable donations to support the overall costs of MMEA’s All-State Concert. Until 2011, all funds raised via SHS went to lower the cost of every All-State student's participation. Starting in 2011, a new focus emerged in the form of Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grants. Grant Application

SHS New Focus:

While the support of overall All-State continues to an extent, in 2011, the MMEA Board voted to begin shifting more and more of SHS resources to to take care of an even greater need: broadening the type of school music programming and experiences that enable students to develop the capacity and desires to strive for an All-State level of musical performance. Thus the birth of the Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grant program.

Successes thus far:

Over the past five years, MMEA members and their communities have received Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grants totaling over $20,000 to expand music education experiences to students in need. The grants have proven successful in allowing more students to audition for districts, and All-State, and to plant seeds in younger students to lead them on the path of musical excellence that may result in a District/All State experience in their future. Community situation did not allow for these types of experiences without some outside support.

What SHS Needs:

As SHS continues to expand the Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grant program, and looks for other ways to support students in need, we continue to ask MMEA members and Massachusetts music businesses and other organizations to donate. As SHS funds grow, our ability to support more students and more communities will also grow.

How do I donate?

There are three ways to donate:

  1. Using the Paypal button above;
  2. Use the donation form Mail-In Form and mail in a check;
  3. In person, when you see an SHS Committee member reminding people of the importance of SHS.

How Do I Apply for a Grant?

  1. You must be a member of MMEA to be eligible
  2. Download the FSHS Grant form, fill it out, and send in by the indicated deadline date. Grant Application
  3. Feel free to contact the SHS Chair, (, if you want to explore some potential grant ideas.
  4. Grants are reviewed over the summer, and grant recipients are notified in August, with grant monies becoming available at the end of September.
  5. Finally, don’t forget to donate yourself, as the more donations, the more grants. Mail-In Form

-- MMEA Symphony Hall Scholars Committee
(contact us:

Sponsor List


Congratulations to our 2016 Recipients of FSHS Grants!
Burncoat Middle School, Worcester MMEA members Deborah Cole & Lisa Leach
Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School – MMEA member Stephanie Riley
South High School, Worcester – MMEA member Johnetta Smith

An enthusiastic and heartfelt thanks to all listed below for donating this past school year to Symphony Hall Scholars. Thanks to them, MMEA is able to provide grants to music programs in communities to support the development of future All-State students. By being Symphony Hall Scholar Sponsors, the businesses and individuals below demonstrate their desire to go the extra mile to ensure that quality music experiences, such as MMEA All-State, be available for all Massachusetts’ students regardless of socioeconomic status of family or community.

We ask all of our Sponsors to please consider donating again as Symphony Hall Scholars continues providing financial support and further expands the Future Symphony Hall Scholars Grants program. Remember that in order for MMEA, through Symphony Hall Scholars, to ensure more music educational opportunities for more students, we need your help. You can donate on this webpage now. Join us as we promote Music Education for All through Symphony Hall Scholars!
David Neves, Ed.D -- SHS Chair

2015-16 SPONSORS – FINAL LIST as of June 30, 2016


SYMPHONY CLUB $5,000 and above


Michael Fenter (Concert sponsor)
Microsoft (via Benevity)

David French Music Company

PATRONS $200–$499
Central District MMEA
Howard Rockway Photography

FRIENDS $100–$199
Gerry’s Music Shop, Inc

DONORS up to $99
United Way of Rhode Island

Susan Lindsay (performer)
Curry Printing, Westborough, MA


Musicians Guild $500–$999
Michael Fenter
Amy Nauss
Deanna Kidd Szymczak

Patrons $200–$499
David Neves
Walter Pavasaris
Thomas E. Reynolds

Friends $100–$199
E. Wayne Abercrombie & Kayla Werlin
Paul & Doree Alberta
Lori J. Anderson
Emilee J. Blanchet
Barbara Green-Glaz & Ron Glaz
Bradford Graves
Jimmie L. Jackson
Marc N. Keroack
Paul & Gale Livingston
Mark & Cyndi Napierkowski
David Naus
Joyce Neves
Patricia & Mark Ostrem
Robin L. Quist
David W. Rox
Richard Walsh
Thomas Walters
Katherine Waters

Donors Up To $99
Steven J Archambault
Anthony Beatrice
Helen Boudreau
Jonna M. Burns
Debra Buxton
Alexander & William Chartier
Ruth Ann Debrot
Leslie Randall Dooley
Carol Fortier
Cynthia Grammer
Tom Grandprey
Andrew Grossman
Gregory Hebert
The Holster Family
Carl Jenkins
David & DJ Jost
Cindy Kosloski
Dr. Kevin McDonald
Margaret McLallen
Karin V. Morin
Judith Pinsker
Robert & Nancy Stoll
Anne Swanson
Robert Thomas
Christina Whittlesey
Howard Worona
+ Numerous anonymous donors

This list is current as of our publication deadline. Donations still being accepted for this year and will be acknowledged in the final list published in September.


Dr. David Neves, Coordinator
Thomas Walters, MMEA President
Dr. Michele Holt, MMEA Executive Director
Anthony Beatrice
Ruth Debrot
Cynthia Grammer
Lisa Leach
Faith Lueth
Myran Parker-Brass
Dr. Walter Pavasaris

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

MMEA logo

Dr. Michele Holt
Executive Director
PO Box 3886
South Attleboro, MA 02703-3886

Fax: 401-822-5151