CMA Scholarships

The Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship

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.

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 2020 Marjorie Spevak Scholarships will begin February 6, 2020, with applications due by March 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Selection Committee’s decision by April 30, 2020.

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2019 Recipients

I hope to further my musical studies and become a better and better instrumentalist. When I am older, I want to become a musician and/or a doctor. I will use the scholarship toward buying a new flute.

Lucy Gannon2019 Scholarship Recipient

Lucy Gannon is an 8th-grade student at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa, where she studies piano, flute, and violin. She performs with the Des Moines Symphony Youth Philharmonic (first violin), Des Moines Symphony Youth Sinfonia (first violin), Orpheus Honor Band (first flute), and Opus Honor Choir.


Nearly everything I do has something to do with music. Many of my dearest relationships have sprung from one musical ensemble or another. Music brings so much joy to my life that I couldn't find anywhere else.

Beau Henson2019 Scholarship Recipient

Beau Henson is a senior at Ames High School in Ames, Iowa, where he studies violin and viola. He has been Concertmaster of the Des Moines Youth Symphony and first violin in the Des Moines Symphony Honors Quartet.

Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship

Now accepting applications for the 2020 Marjorie Spevak Scholarships.

Scholarship applications are due March 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Selection Committee’s decision by April 30, 2020.

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Recent Scholarship Recipients

Amara Door
Indian Hills Junior High. Used her scholarship to purchase a professional trumpet, to replace her student trumpet that frequently malfunctions.
Joanna Kim
Ames High School. Used her scholarship to pay tuition to attend the summer 2018 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra camp.
Emma Mostek
Gilbert High School, saxophone. Used scholarship to repair father’s professional-grade saxophone to replace her student model.
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.
Avi Gedler
Stillwell Junior High School, viola and oboe. Used scholarship to purchase a new viola bow.