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Come hear our 2017 JPPAS recipient, Zoe Walts – cellist, perform at the NCHS Spring Orchestra Concert on May 11 at 7:00 pm. The JPPAS award will be presented at 7:30pm. Steering Committee Chair, Raeleen Horn, will present the scholarship award that evening after which Zoe will be a featured soloist on the program. The concert will be held in the NCHS auditorium. Many thanks for your support.
Hope to see you there!

JPPAS_2017_winner Zoe Walts – Cellist – Third Annual Recipient of the NCHS John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship

The third annual recipient of Naperville Central High School’s John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship is cellist, Zoe Walts. The $1,000 award has been created as part of the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) – www.nef203.org. The scholarship, established by alumni of Naperville Central High School’s music program, honors the 20 years (1965-1985) that John Pearce served as choral instructor, musical director and Music Department Chair. Former students benefitted greatly from Mr. Pearce’s musical gifts, direction and discipline in the arts and have created this scholarship in his memory. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating senior from either the NCHS band, choir or orchestra. Walts completed an extensive application process that included information about herself, a 500 word essay along with two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with her work. Zoe’s quality application determined her as one of 11 finalists, who presented live auditions for the committee. In addition, percussionist Raelyn Erwin, has received an honorable mention and will be awarded $300. Zoe Walts has been studying cello for eight years. She is a member of the NCHS orchestra, the Chorelles female choral A cappella group and plays bass pan in the District 203 Steel Pan Ensemble. She is also part of student government, theater, theater technology and is a member of the National Honor Society. Zoe will major in Neuroscience with a minor in French Language. Music will continue to be a big part of her life, as she will perform in university orchestras, chamber groups and will take private lessons. She sincerely thanks the John Pearce Scholarship for it’s generous contribution to support her pursuit of music in college. Zoe will perform her solo cello audition piece as part of the Naperville Central High School Spring Orchestra Concert on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. where she will be acknowledged and presented with the NCHS John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship award by Raeleen Horn – Class of 1976 and JPPAS Steering Committee Chair. Horn adds, “This is a wonderful way to honor a great teacher by supporting our youth who plan to continue their musical experiences at the college level and beyond.”

Many thanks to Ellman’s Music Center for their generous donation to the JPPAS! Great to have a Naperville business on board!

Welcome to The John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship website!

The scholarship has been established by the alumni of Naperville Central High School’s music program as a result of the 20 years (1965-1985) that John Pearce served as its choral instructor, musical director and Music Department Chairman. Former students benefited greatly from John’s musical gifts, direction and discipline in the arts, and have created this scholarship in memory of a special teacher who instilled a commitment to pursuing excellence in life. A fund, where donations can be made, is under the auspices of the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) – www.nef203.org.

Donate

To donate online – complete the form and click SUBMIT
To donate by mail – print out the form and mail to:

Naperville Education Foundation – John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship
203 W. Hillside Rd.
Naperville, IL 60540

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding Performing Arts graduating senior from either the Naperville Central High School band, choir or orchestra program. Prospective award recipients will be responsible for completing an extensive application process which will include information about themselves, a 500 word essay and two personal references – letters of recommendation – from individuals who are familiar with the student’s work. Outstanding applicants will be asked to present a live audition which will determine the recipient of the award. The recipient will be announced in May of 2017.

For additional information, please contact Raeleen Horn – Steering Committee Chair – NCHS Class of 1976 – raeleenhorn@gmail.com

We hope you enjoy your trip down “memory lane” and will pass this website along to NCHS music department alumni and their families. Donations to this wonderful cause are greatly appreciated.


Steering Committee

Ronald Keller

Honorary Chair - Conductor - Naperville Municipal Band

Raeleen Horn

Steering Committee Chair, Class of 1976

Karen Borg Van Iten

Audition Co-Chair, Class of 1968

Anita Hybl Patterson

Social Media Chair - Class of 1969

Beth Jones

Audition Co-Chair, Class of 1971

Alex Lemont

Website Designer / Administrator

David Stewart

Fundraising Chair, Class of 1974

Advisory Committee

Elvina Pearce

Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer

Class of 1974

Mark Hawbecker

Class of 1972

David Alstadt

Director of Bands – Naperville Central High School

Tim Smith

Class of 1967

Dorothy Kittaka

Former Assistant Choral Director – NCHS