Mason High School Student a Winner in 2024 Matinée Musicale Cincinnati Scholarship Awards


Photo by Gayna Bassin: Vivian Chang

MASON, OH--  Matinée Musicale Cincinnati announced earlier this month that violinist Vivian Chang, a student at Mason High School, received an Encouragement Award in the High School Instrumental category at the Seventh Annual Nancy F. Walker Memorial Scholarship Auditions. Sponsored by Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, the auditions for classical instrumental and vocal students were held recently at Anderson Hills Church.

The 2024 competition awarded a total of $53,500 in scholarships. To date, an impressive total of $268,200 has been awarded in the seven years of the event.

The competition was open to area high school and college juniors and seniors. In a great response, students studying under 38 teachers from three colleges and 14 public, private and home schools applied. In addition, six counties were represented. 

Student auditions were adjudicated by highly qualified, distinguished judges who also provided comments shared with the individual students.

Nancy Fuldner Walker, memorialized by these scholarships, was a musician, music teacher and strong advocate for all music and arts organizations. She provided able leadership to Matinée Musicale Cincinnati for more than four decades before her death in 2017. Matinée Musicale Cincinnati is honoring her legacy of support and encouragement of young musicians through these scholarships. 

Instrumental Judges

J.R. Cassidy - Conductor, Music Director of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

May Phang - performing internationally; Professor of Piano at Depauw University; presents
Master classes nationally and internationally; artist faculty at Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy and Germany; frequently adjudicates competitions

Dale Swisher – violinist and conductor; Anderson High School orchestra teacher for 20+ years;
retired Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra conductor, past director of the XU Chamber
orchestra and Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Originating in 1911, Matinée Musicale began its professional recital series in 1913. The recitals
feature up-and-coming musicians as well as established vocal and instrumental artists selected
worldwide. Through a generous bequest from philanthropist and Matinée member, Louise
Dieterle Nippert, the professional recital series continues to flourish; and, awards of grants and
student scholarships have become a part of the organization's mission.

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