CMA Scholarships

CMA Music Scholarship Opportunities

The Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship

Marjorie Spevak was 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 had 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 2022 Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarships is now closed.

The CMA Young Soloist Competition

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.

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

To enter the competition, students submit performance videos (up to 25 minutes).

How it Works

The competition focuses on piano, woodwinds, strings, and brass instruments. 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 reimbursement, etc.

Applications for the 2022 competition are now closed.

CMA Young Soloist Scholarship Recipients

Madeline Scheve, organ
Zach Dixon, piano
Bethany Kallio, horn
Daylen De Raad, piano

Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship Recipients

Vivian Shanley
Nevada High School. Used scholarship toward tuition to major in instrumental music education.
Adalyn Sidon
Merrill Middle School. Used scholarship to attend music camp.
Zoe Podlich
Summit Middle School in Johnston, Iowa. Used scholarship to attend piano camps at Wartburg College and string camps at Des Moines Symphony Academy
Tyler Johnson
Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School. Used scholarship to purchase an accoustic-electric guitar and take lessons.
Jhoanna Hernandez
Harding Middle School. Used her scholarship to purchase a new trumpet.
Lucy Gannon
Waukee Middle School. Used her scholarship to purchase a new flute.
Beau Henson
Ames High School. Used his scholarship to help pay music school tuition.
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.