Alice Procter Award*
NEPTA wishes to encourage the efforts of its members’ students through awards in the areas of original composition and jazz improvisation.  One $100 award will be given for outstanding original composition in the classical style.

Requirements:
1) Student must perform in the Composition Recital. (Memorization optional.)
2) Instrumentation must include the piano: (solo piano, four hands at one piano, or any combination of instruments with one piano).
3) Student’s teacher must check “Alice Procter Award” on the recital application.
4) 
A .pdf of the score must be emailed to Deborah Yardley Beers by the application deadline. Email subject must contain “NEPTA ALICE PROCTER AWARD” and the name of the student and title of the composition must be in the body of the email to be considered for the award.

We proudly announce the winner of the Alice Procter Award who performed in the NEPTA Composition Recital on February 11, 2024:

  • Parisa Merrill – student of Sarah Infini Takagi – for her composition “2.3.4!”

Many thanks to Fan Li, Recital Chair and Deborah Yardley Beers, Alice Procter Award Chair.  

Louise Hodder Olsen Award*
NEPTA wishes to encourage the efforts of its members’ students through awards in the areas of original composition and jazz improvisation.  One $100 award will be given for creativity and performance in the style of jazz or pop music.

Requirements:
1) Perform his/her own original jazz/pop-style composition in the Composition Recital OR perform his/her own arrangement of a jazz/pop piece in the Jazz/Pop Recital. (Memorization optional.)
2) Student’s teacher must check “Louise Hodder Olsen Award” on the recital application.
3)  A .pdf of the score must be emailed to Joshua del Dotto by the application deadline. Email subject must contain “NEPTA LOUISE HODDER OLSEN AWARD” and the name of the student and title of the composition must be in the body of the email to be considered for the award.

No contestants in 2024

We proudly announce the winner of the Louise Hodder Olsen Award who performed in the NEPTA Composition Recital on January 28, 2021:

  • No 2021 winner

Many thanks to Diane Anderson, Recital Chair and Kathryn Rosenbach, Composition Scholarship Chair. 

Nancy Oliva Awards
Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA’s independent teachers who perform in the NEPTA Intermediate I Recital. Eligible students must study in a private studio not affiliated with any institution. Three $50 awards will be given to 7th graders.
Student’s teacher must check “Nancy Oliva Award” on the recital application.

We proudly announce the winners of the Nancy Oliva Award who performed in the NEPTA Intermediate I Recitals on January 28, 2024:

  • Luca Daptardar student of Nilly Shilo
  • Cai Ng student of Valerie Henkin
  • Sophia Popescu student of Tanya Schwartzman
  • Jonathan Chow (Honorable Mention) student of Nina Grimaldi

Congratulations to the winners and their teachers!
Many thanks to Anna Avetisyan,  Recital Chair and Nina Grimaldi, Chair of Nancy Oliva Award.  Thanks also to Ranko Konishi-Houston and Tong Liu for adjudicating the event.

Wanda Paik Awards
Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA’s independent teachers who performed in the NEPTA Intermediate II Recitals. Eligible students must study in a private studio not affiliated with any institution. Three $100 awards will be given to 8th graders.
Student’s teacher must check “Wanda Paik Award” on the recital application.

We proudly announce the winners of the Wanda Paik Award who performed in the NEPTA Intermediate II Recitals on February 4, 2024:

  • Eunha Basu – student of Mila Filatova
  • Alex Hanna – student of Nina Grimaldi
  • Milo Miller – student of Nilly Shilo
  • Andy Zhao – (Honorable Mention) student of Simon Xu

Congratulations to the winners and their teachers!
Many thanks to Adam Merrill, Recital Chair, and to Janice P. Zaganjori, Chair, and Dianne Impallaria, Co-chair of the Wanda Paik Award for their expertise in adjudicating the award.

We proudly announce the winners of the Wanda Paik Award who performed in the NEPTA Intermediate II Recitals on February 5, 2023:

  • Ryan Prentice student of Helena Vesterman
  • Laetitia Ji, student of Max Levinson
  • Ian Lin, student of Tanya Schwartzman
Honorable Mention: Arjun Mukherjee, student of Robert Finley

Congratulations to the winners and their teachers!
Many thanks to Yun Lee, Recital Chair. Thanks also to Janice P. Zaganjori, Chair, and Dianne Impallaria, Co-chair of the Wanda Paik Award.

A. Ramón Rivera Contemporary Music Awards
$100 for the best performance of the required contemporary piece in the Ruth Davidson Competition.
$150 for the best performance of the required contemporary piece in the Alice Hamlet Competition

Margaret C. Bachelder Romantic Music Award
Established in memory of NEPTA past president Peg Bachelder, who passed away in 2012.
A $500 award will be given for the best performance of a Romantic work in the Alice Hamlet Competition.

Four $100 awards have been granted to 8th graders this year:

Hannah Li, student of Lina Yen
Eric Zhang, student of Helena Vesterman
Mariana Joyce, student of Elena Drabkin
Howard Xu, student of Hsiaoching Hsu

Miriam Pizer Award
Established in 2007 in memory of Miriam Pizer. A $250 award will be given to a student in grades K-5 who is in need of assistance for lesson tuition or other essential expenses.
Eligibility:
1) Each teacher may submit one student’s name to Carol Chaffee, Scholarship Chair.
2) Deadline is Oct 15th. Winner will be selected by lottery during a regular NEPTA meeting. The teacher will be notified. Winner’s name will be kept private.

Grants-in-Aid
Eight $150 awards are available to students in need.
To qualify: a brief note (e-mail is acceptable) from the teacher stating the family’s need and reasons for financial assistance should be sent to Carol Chaffee, Scholarship Chair. All documentation will be confidential. Student must not be older than 18.

*Winners of these awards must perform at NEPTA’s Awards Recital on May 5.

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