CMA Scholarships

CMA Music Scholarship Opportunities

The Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Marjorie Spevak is a long-time supporter of CMA, serving many years on its Board of Directors and contributing generously of her time and financial resources to ensure its success. Marjorie has a passion for education, having served for fifteen years on the Des Public School Board and championing fine arts education in the schools.

In 2016, CMA established the Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship to honor Marjorie by awarding two $500 scholarships annually to two students – one attending middle school and one attending high school – wishing to further pursue the study of music.

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How it Works

The scholarship may be used toward expenses necessary for the student to advance his or her music study, including but not limited to: music lessons, instrument rental or purchase, or a summer music camp or program.

The application period for the 2021 Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarships is now open. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2021.

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The CMA Young Soloist Competition

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED SOON

In 2021, CMA announced the CMA Young Soloist Competition. Iowa High School seniors who plan to pursue a music degree will annually vie for one of four scholarship awards.

Awards
1 Grand Prize Winner ($5,000 Scholarship)
3 Finalists ($2,500 Scholarships)

To enter the competition, students will submit performance videos (up to 25 minutes). The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021. Four finalists will be announced no later than March 26, 2021, and will participate in a virtual LIVE performance in April 2021 (date TBD).

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How it Works

The scholarship may be used toward expenses necessary for the student to advance his or her music study, including but not limited to: college tuition, room and board, instrument purchase, etc.

The application period for the 2021 CMA Young Soloist Competition will open soon. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2021.

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2020 Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship Recipients

Thank you for this scholarship. I plan to use the scholarship for future piano camps at Wartburg College and string camps at Des Moines Symphony.Academy. I am excited to attend these camps when things get back to normal!

Zoe Podlich2020 Scholarship Recipient

Zoe Podlich is a 7th-grade student at Summit Middle School in Johnston, Iowa, where she studies piano, violin, and percussion. She performs with the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra (Sinfonia, First Violin), Summit Middle School Band (Percussion), and Summit Middle School Choir (Group Soloist).

I will use this scholarship towards an acoustic-electric guitar to play in the youth band church, as well as some new equipment like a guitar stand and new strap. I would also like to take lessons for guitar and bass.

Tyler Johnson2019 Scholarship Recipient

Tyler Johnson is a sophomore at Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School, where he studies trumpet and bass. He has performed with the EBF High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz I and II. He also performs with the youth worship band at church.

Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship

The application period for the 2021 Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarships is now open.

Applications for the 2021 Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship will be accepted until March 31, 2021.

Recent Scholarship Recipients

2019
Jhoanna Hernandez
Harding Middle School. Used her scholarship to purchase a new trumpet.
2019
Lucy Gannon
Waukee Middle School. Used her scholarship to purchase a new flute.
2019
Beau Henson
Ames High School. Used his scholarship to help pay music school tuition.
2018
Amara Door
Indian Hills Junior High. Used her scholarship to purchase a professional trumpet, to replace her student trumpet that frequently malfunctions.
2018
Joanna Kim
Ames High School. Used her scholarship to pay tuition to attend the summer 2018 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra camp.
2017
Emma Mostek
Gilbert High School, saxophone. Used scholarship to repair father’s professional-grade saxophone to replace her student model.
2017
Andrew Gersjik
Southeast Polk High School, percussion. Used scholarship to pay tuition at percussion and jazz combo workshops at Interlochen Center for the Arts and at the University of North Texas.
2016
Avi Gedler
Stillwell Junior High School, viola and oboe. Used scholarship to purchase a new viola bow.