Recipients of the Johnny Trombly Scholarship Fund since the Fund’s inception are:
The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Everest Witman, age 15 of Brattleboro, VT is the 2014 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship recipient.The Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music. Applications are accepted January 1st through March 15th and are available here.
Everest Witman is 15 and has been playing DADGAD guitar for 5 years, studying guitar with Keith Murphy and musicianship under fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger. He plays for contradances and concerts all over New England with his bands Jokers Wild, Dragonfly, and Nova, and teaches lessons from his home in Brattleboro, Vermont. Everest also plays piano, bass, and accordion. He has attended a variety of music camps, loves contradancing, and does volunteer sound for the Brattleboro Contra Dance. When he’s not playing music, Everest, a life-long homeschooler, is pursuing his associate’s degree in STEM with a focus in computer science. The Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship will enable Everest to expand his study of contradance guitar with a variety of different teachers.
The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Taylor Dupuis, age 15 of Mont Vernon, NH is the 2013 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship recipient.
The Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music. Applications are accepted January 1st through March 15th and available online on the Scholarship Application page.
Taylor has been playing fiddle for 8 years, and guitar for 2 years as well as mandolin. She currently has two music students and hopes to become a music teacher and to study in Scotland. She plays in local Contra Dance bands, loves to read, plays basketball and softball but most of all she loves playing music and doesn’t like to put her fiddle down. She was instrumental in bringing live music to her high school dance class this year. The Johnny Trombly Scholarship fund award will pay for Taylor to attend the Maine Fiddle camp in Montville, ME.
In 2012, the Johnny Trombly Scholarship had co-recipients.
The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Samuel Foucher, age 15 of Harrisville, NH is the 2012 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship co-recipient.
Samuel has been playing piano for 5 years, and accordion for 3 years as well as playing tin whistle and fife. He has attended several music camps, most recently the Maine Fiddle camp in Montville, ME. Samuel has played at the Peterborough Farmers Market accompanied by his sister, as well as various other venues. He is currently one of the musicians for the Harrisville Morris Women dance team. When not playing music, he enjoys reading and building projects from Make Magazine as well as wood and metal working, soldering electronic circuits and computer programming. The Johnny Trombly Scholarship fund award has paid for lessons with Bob McQuillen, 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow, contra dance musician and composer.
2012 co-recipient Sarah Foucher
The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Sarah Foucher, age 14 of Harrisville, NH is the 2012 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship co-recipient.
Sarah has been playing fiddle for 6 years, studying under Elaina Del Rossi, she is currently learning mandolin and wishes to play guitar. She has attended several music camps, most recently the Maine Fiddle camp in Montville, ME. Sarah has played at the Peterborough Farmers Market accompanied by her brother, as well as various other venues. When not being home schooled she enjoys drawing, reading, and ballet dancing. The Johnny Trombly Scholarship fund award has paid for lessons with Brattleboro based Lisa Schneckenburger.
2011 recipient Cecilia Bryan
The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Cecilia Bryan, age 15 of Richmond, NH is the 2011 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship recipient.
The Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music.
Cecilia has been playing fiddle for 2 1/2 years, studying under Ethan Hazard-Watkins, she also has been playing piano for 6 ½ years. The Johnny Trombly Scholarship fund
assisted Cecilia in attending a workshop with Keene based Lisa Schneckenburger and
lessons with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Douglas Brunson is a 13 year old, home-schooled 8th grader who started playing piano at the age of five and accordion at age eight. Douglas has studied with Sylvia Miskoe of Concord, NH and Jeremiah McLane of Sharon, VT. He is a charter member of the New Hampshire Accordion Association and a member of the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH. He comes from a musical family and continues to develop his talent for bringing people together through the traditional music of Scotland and New England.
Thunderous applause hoots and hollers of contra dancers echoed in the vaulted ceiling of this gracious space, known as the Stone Church at the Brattleboro, Vermont contra dance on Sunday June 14th
Dancers were showing their appreciation for fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller and pianist Arthur Davis, two extraordinary young musicians (ages 14 and 16 respectively), and their mentor, Mary Lea.
Adding to the excitement of the evening was the fact that Perin had just been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, provides funding for an individual under the age of 18 to study traditional music.
Perin is a student of Mary Lea, one of New England’s most renown fiddlers and teachers. Mary says “Perin has already played some dances for [dance caller] Nils Fredland, who was Perin’s music teacher and mentor at the Waldorf School. Nils and I have constantly marveled at Perin’s sophisticated musicality, which seems to have arrived full-blown like Athena out of Zeus’s head.”
The scholarship will allow Perin to go to Ashokan Northern Week this summer. In addition to his teacher Mary, other fiddle luminaries on the staff include Laurie Hart, Peter Puma Hedlund, David Kaynor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, and Jay Ungar (not to mention a plethora of instructors other instruments, and his fellow campers). Perin is looking forward to expanding his repertoire, and at the same time learning new fiddle styles. He notes, for example, that in the course of learning some Swedish tunes (which are prominent in the week’s offerings), he will need to learn some new techniques.
Perin has already attended workshops with Jerry Holland and the Ceilidh Trail School of Music in Cape Breton. He has traveled to Newfoundland to attend the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in St. Johns. His other interests include reading, mushrooming, and figuring out how computers work. According to his mother, Sarah, “he is also an excellent and inventive cook. His spaghetti sauce with cranberries is excellent! Believe it or not, Perin doesn’t like to dance–but he loves getting people dancing. He plays frequently in the late afternoon and I often end up dancing while making dinner.”
As has been the tradition with past recipients of the Trombly Scholarship, Perin will be performing at the Monadnock Folklore Society Winter Solstice celebration in December (date TBD), but we also expect to hear him occasionally at the Monday night dance during the summer.
2007 Trombly recipient Matthew Christian of North Bennington, Vermont is a talented young man with an interest in both classical and traditional music. He plays a variety of instruments from the violin and viola to the oboe, tin whistle and bagpipes. He has participated in both youth orchestras and a pipe band. Matthew’s desire was to attend the Northeast Heritage music camp at Johnson State College thus strengthening his strong interest in the connection between New England’s dance music and traditional Scottish/Irish repertoire.
In 2006, the Trombly Scholarship committee was faced with the largest and most competitive applicant pool since the inception of the award and for only the second time in the history of the Scholarship two awards were made.
Riley Goodmote, of Brattleboro, Vermont, expressed a desire to combine his love of Celtic dance music with the heritage of his home region. A student at the Brattleboro High School, Riley plays trombone and alto saxophone, sings, and has been active in both band and choral groups. He also plays Irish tin whistle and has been involved in music of one sort or another for the last seven years.Riley’s scholarship will enable him to study mandolin with nationally known New England dance musician Keith Murphy. The committee was impressed with Riley’s strong musical skills and felt that his creativity, aptitude, and clear interest in the roots and importance of local traditions were an excellent match for the Trombly Scholarship. We look forward to hearing him perform at the 2006 Nelson Solstice Concert in December.
Shona Sanford-Long of South Royalton, Vermont has studied both classical violin and traditional fiddling technique for several years and plays with the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra in Montpelier. She has studied fiddle with Beth Telford for about five years, and has participated in workshops with Cape Breton Master fiddler Jerry Holland.
Shona plans to use her award to continue her studies in fiddle and to attend workshops related to contra dance musicianship with master musicians Jeremiah McLane, Sara Blair and others. The Committee was impressed with Shona’s musical background, clear engagement in traditional music (and dance), and her interest in the historical roots of our regional musical traditions. We look forward to hearing Shona at area dances in the near future.
2005 Trombly recipient Tracy Lafleur of Amherst, NH recently begun studying mandolin with well known mandolin and guitar master David Surrette. Tracy gave a wonderful performance at the 2005 Nelson Solstice event – on a mandolin she built herself! Here she is – with that very mandolin. She has begun work on a second instrument and can be heard and seen on the stage and the dance floor at the Nelson Town Hall Monday night dances.
The 2004 Trombly Scholarship award was awarded to William Allen of Milford. Will plays the small (Scottish) pipes and in his application described the strong ties between the Scottish traditions and New England dance music. The audience at the annual MFS Solstice party in December 2004 was delighted to hear Will’s playing!
In 2003 two scholarships were awarded: to Isabella Kosmacher of Keene and Clare Margand of Richmond. Both used the scholarship award to study fiddle and both have been actively pursuing opportunities to play for dancing!
While the work to establish a full endowment for the Trombly Scholarship continues, the awarding of scholarships began in 2002. The first recipient was flautist Susanna LaDouceur of Wilton, NH. With her teacher, Tamara Harper, also of Wilton, Susanna spent six months exploring contra dance music.