Neighborhood Music School Announces this year’s Regina Warner Scholars and upcoming Benefit Fundraiser April 10, 2011

March 28, 2010 (NEW HAVEN, CT) -
Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is proud to announce New Haven public school students Heather Buleje, Lilly Engbith, Justin Green, Danae Morgan, and Maya Rosen-Buell as the 2010-2011 (Regina M. Lilly) Warner Scholars.  These talented musicians have been recognized for this award because of their commitment to both their music and academic studies and their community citizenship.  These exemplary role models demonstrate the importance of arts education in inspiring learning and creating opportunity.  And they serve as mentors to the many younger students who look up to these scholars as inspirational role models. 

“We are so proud to have these dynamic young students participating in the wide variety of learning opportunities available at Neighborhood Music School” says Larry Zukof, Executive Director of NMS.  “They are a vital part of the Neighborhood Music School community and we’re honored to be able to support their success.”

These scholarships are made possible through the Regina M. Lilly-Warner Fund at Neighborhood Music School which supports New Haven public school students studying at Neighborhood Music School and also provides funding for NMS’s Instrumental Impact program.  (The Instrumental Impact program offers 100% free tuition to eligible New Haven public school students in grades 4 – 12 wishing to study music at NMS.)  The fund was created in 2008 in partnership with the late Dr. Regina Warner, a tireless advocate for music education in the public school system.  Sadly, Dr. Warner passed away in January of this year, but her legacy will continue through the operation of this fund.

To honor Dr. Warner and to continue to build this important scholarship fund, NMS will be hosting a tribute and benefit event on Sunday April 10th at the New Haven Country Club.  Proceeds of this event will go directly to the scholarship fund.  For tickets, contributions or more information, please visit the NMS website at

There is a May 15th deadline for 2011-2012 Warner Scholar nominations. Dedicated NHPS students pursuing advanced music studies at NMS are encouraged to apply for these awards, which provide tuition support up to $2500 per year, based on proven financial need.  Warner Scholarships are awarded to advanced high school students based on proven commitment to their music and academic education and require the nomination of an NMS teacher and a reference from the public school (music teacher and/or school principal). Nominees must demonstrate outstanding musical and leadership potential, consistent commitment to both their academic and music or dance instruction, be currently enrolled in a New Haven public high school, have completed at least three years of music instruction (2 years at NMS) and be a member of their school band or music program. Recognized scholars receive tuition support and special performance opportunities.  Applications, including a statement of interest, are due May 1st .Scholarship determinations will be made by June 15th. For forms or more information, visit our website or call 203-624-5189. 

Neighborhood Music School is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year.  The music school, originally founded in late 1911 as part of the settlement house movement providing social services for the immigrant community in New Haven, has since evolved to become one of the ten largest community arts schools in the country.  Its mission is to provide the highest quality instruction in music, dance and drama and to make it accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic means.  Serving almost 3000 students each year, NMS offers private instruction, group classes and more than 100 different ensemble opportunities.  It also offers more than $200,000 in financial aid and tuition subsidies for more than 350 students each year.