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Music Awards

Student Performance Awards

The Music Department offers several competitive awards that cover the cost of private lesson tuition (voice or instrument) with one of our talented music teachers.  The available awards (described below) are: The Fordham Music Alumni Award, The James Boyce Award, The Edythe Sheehan Dineen Award, The Frank Patterson Memorial Award, The Frank Buckhout McShane Memorial Music Award, and the Orchestra Awards.

Eligibility

  • Awards are made on the basis of competitive auditions held annually in the spring semester.
  • To audition, a student musbe be enrolled at Fordham as a current undergraduate at the time of audition.
  • To hold the award, a student must be enrolled at Fordham as a current undergraduate during the lesson term; lessons must be taken in the academic year following the audition.
  • Only lessons taken through Fordham's music program are eligible for award monies.
  • Students may audition in multiple years.

For specific terms of each award, see below.

The Fordham Music Alumni Award
Funded by the generous donations of our music alumni, the Fordham Music Alumni Award covers the cost of lessons for one semester.  Music majors and minors at both Lincoln Center and Rose Hill are eligible for this award.


The James Boyce Award
Established in memory of Rev. James Boyce, O.Carm (1949-2010), a member of the Carmelite Order, an accomplished scholar, pianist and Professor of Music at Fordham University. The Boyce Award is granted to Rose Hill students, and covers the cost of lessons for one semester.  Preference is given to music majors and minors.


The Edythe Sheehan Dineen Award
Established in memory of Edythe Sheehan Dineen, Dineen awards are granted to Lincoln Center students, and cover the cost of lessons for one semester.  Preference is given to music majors and minors.


The Frank Patterson Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of the internationally renowned Irish tenor Frank Patterson, this award covers the cost of private lessons, and in some cases may be renewed for mulitple semesters.  Eligibility is restricted to music majors.


The Frank Buckhout McShane Memorial Music Award
Originally established at the former Marymount College of Fordham University, this award is granted to Rose Hill women, and covers the cost of private lessons for one semester.


Orchestra Awards
Additional stipends are offered to cover the cost of private lessons for one semester, on the basis of annual competition, to students who participate in the Rose Hill Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra, and the Jazz Orchestra.  For more information, contact Jiannan Cheng, Director of Orchestral Ensembles (jcheng48@fordham.edu).


Student Academic Awards

The James L. Kurtz Award in Music, named for the first professor of music in the department, is given to a graduating music major who has shown excellence in course work and a significant involvement in the activities of the department and the musical life of the University.

The James L. Kurtz Award in Music has been awarded to:

  • 2019 Yohannah Franco-Choi, FCRH 2019; Sarah Maher, FCRH 2019
  • 2018 Melanie Shahin, FCRH 2018
  • 2017 Brendan Caulfield, FCRH 2017; Katherine Sadaniantz, FCRH 2017
  • 2016 Samuel Farnum, FCRH 2016
  • 2015 Katherine Delaney, FCRH 2015
  • 2014 Mark Dumond, FCRH 2014; Dan Gibney, FCRH 2014
  • 2013 Karina Daza, FCRH 2013
  • 2012 Alycia Kravitz, FCRH 2012
  • 2010 Douglas Giombarrese, FCRH 2010

The James Boyce Award

2019 - 2020
Michelle Yoon
Thomas Nalls

2018 - 2019
Katherine Courter
Chiara Giammatteo
Sarah Maher
Sofia Martinez-Magallanes
Philip Thompson

2017 - 2018
Philip Thompson
Charles Arnedt
Katherine Courter
Jacqueline Yee

2016 - 2017
Yohanna Franco
Cerisse Gabion
Philip Thompson
Sarah Maher

2015 - 2016
Alec Musial
Taylor Nulk
Katherine Sadaniantz

2014 - 2015
Benjamin Carbone
Cosette Carolmusto
Jae Hyeok Lee
Taylor Nulk
Katherine Sadanizantz
Savannah Sturgeon
Daniel Wilson

2013 - 2014
Cosett Carlomusto
Vianka Lemus
Savannah Sturgeon

2011 - 2012
Lavera Wright

2010 - 2011
Lavera Wright

The Edythe Sheehan Dineen Award

2019 - 2020
Tyler Almquist
Jaaee Nadkami
Chloe Djomessi Siakam

2018 - 2019
Julian Bailey
Chloe Djomessi Siakam
Evan Donaldson
Allison Mather

2017 - 2018
Kelty Lonergan
Mason Millard
Julian Bailey

2016 - 2017
Emma Copp
Krista Febles
Christina Vilar

2015 - 2016
Andrew Abbensett
Emma Copp
Nathan Miranda
Christina Vilar

The Frank Patterson Memorial Award

FCRH 2021 - Kristina Lazdauskas
FCRH 2019 - Yohannah Franco-Choi
FCRH 2017 - Katherine Sadaniantz
FCRH 2016 - Shannon Rockett