2017 Scholarship Winners’ Recital



The 2018 Scholarship Competition will be held Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The Winners’ Recital will be held on April 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM.


2018 Scholarship Competition Rules (click here) is available now.

2018 Scholarship Application form is now available (click here). (DEADLINE: ON OR BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018.)


The purpose of the Naples Music Club Scholarship Competition is to recognize and reward excellence in performance and to encourage continued growth musically.

The Naples Music Club Scholarship Program began in 1970 with one small grant awarded to a Collier County student for summer study. Since then, contributions from a generous community have made it possible to support almost 800 middle and high school students with more than $550,000 (2014 figures). In 2017 we presented over 50 winners more than $42,000! The Naples Music Club Competitions are open to students in Grades 6-12 who reside in Collier County or in the adjacent communities of Bonita Springs or Estero, and are presently enrolled in public or private schools or are home schooled. Competition categories are Brass, Woodwinds, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Guitar. Scholarships are used for such pursuits or items such as summer music camps, study with private teachers, instrument upgrade, or for college studies. Should you have problems accessing any material on this page or have questions, please contact by email (click here).


Those eligible include students in grades 6 through 12 who reside in Collier County, Bonita Springs and Estero according to zip code with Junior Division being 6th-8th grade and Senior Division being 9th-12th grade.  The packet of information, NMC Scholarship Rules 2018, contains competition rules and requirements, information about the use of scholarship awards and how to claim them, plus a Turiel Award description for 12th graders. For those competing, it is important to read this vital information before completing the application below. Applicants will need to be familiar with the basic information before attempting to fill out the application.

The 2018 NMC Scholarship Application form is available now (click here). (DEADLINE: ON OR BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018.)

HAMMES MUSICIAN SCHOLAR AWARD (formerly the Turiel Award)

The Club’s highest award, the Hammes Musician Scholar Award, was originally established in 1996 as the Turiel Award by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turiel through a grant in memory of their son, Daniel. The purpose of the award is to encourage recipients in the serious study of music. Each year, top competition winners who are seniors are invited to compete. A list of past Turiel Award Winners is available.


The Haegg Family Award was established September 1, 2008, by the Haegg Family in memory of Margaret “Peg” Haegg. The purpose of this special scholarship is to encourage Collier County, Bonita Springs, and Estero students who are in middle school (grades 6-8) to study music. Only students who have not had private music lessons on a regular basis should apply. The award has a strong needs based component. Our expectations are that up to three awards per year will be made. The Haegg Family Award Information contains competition rules and requirements, information about the use of the scholarship and how to claim it, and an application. Should you have problems accessing this material or have questions, please contact Julie Pekrul (click here.).


The purpose of this Award is “To enable gifted and motivated students from low income families to achieve the intellectual and social benefits of learning to play the piano.”

The LEAP (Learning from Elementary to Advanced Piano) Award is for Collier County, Bonita Springs and Estero students to study piano for one year with a private teacher selected by the Naples Music Club.  The award may be renewed a year at a time for up to two additional years based on the LEAP Committee’s assessment of the student’s progress and the recommendation of his or her private teacher.

The award is intended for students (ages 8 through 14) whose families cannot afford private music lessons.  However, private lessons in the past will not eliminate the candidate as long as they can demonstrate that they are on the “Free and Reduced School Meals Program” or by submission of the parents’ most recent Federal income tax return (if home schooled or in private schools).  In extraordinary circumstances, the LEAP Committee may extend an award to someone outside of the 8-14 age range.

The LEAP Award Rules and Regulations contains competition rules and requirements, eligibility, information about the use of the scholarship and how to claim it.


A listing of the 2017 Recital Program2016 Recital Program2015 Recital Program2014 Recital Program,  2013 Recital Program2012 Recital Program2011 Scholarship Winners and 2010 Scholarship Winners, including news stories, is available on this Website. Information about the  2009 Scholarship Winners and the 2008 Scholarship Winners is also available and may be of interest.


From Johanne Nordilus, NMC award-winning voice student in 2010 and 2011, 2011 graduate of Palmetto Ridge High School, presently attending Florida State University in Tallahassee: “I would like to thank the Naples Music Club for all of the wonderful opportunities you provide for young performers like me to grow musically. Through the Scholarship Program I’ve gained performance experience and more knowledge on technique. With the funds that I was awarded I was able to take voice lessons and help pay for my college expenses. This club is a wonderful organization that is helping keep music alive in Naples and giving students the chance of a lifetime to continue to study music. Thank you all for the work you’ve done. I know this organization will continue to change the lives of students for years to come. I truly appreciate all that you do! Sincerely, Johanne Nordilus”


Students of Naples Music Club teachers who are members are eligible to participate in Club-sponsored recitals. These are designed to help prepare students for competition. Visit Student Recitals for more information (2018 information is not yet available).


Scholarship funds awarded are made possible through the generosity of many members and friends in the community. We invite your participation. Please visit the Support page of our Website.