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Piano Scholarship

August 29, 2017

Brian McGorrill Memorial Scholarship 

The Marston-Kotzschmar Music Club, formed in 1965 by the merger of the Marston Club for women and the Kotzschmar Club for men, established the scholarship in 2010 to commemorate Brian McGorrill, a beloved piano teacher and performer. The Club consists of approximately 50 members who meet monthly in members’ homes in the Greater Portland area for concerts. Members perform a wide range of music including light opera, jazz, and classical pieces. Occasionally guests are invited to perform as well.


One $500 scholarship is awarded annually. The recipient is expected to perform a ten to fifteen minute piece at a Club concert on one of the following dates:

February 4, March 6, April 10 or May 8, 2018


  1. Piano students who attend or plan to attend college (ages 17 – 23).Graduate students are not eligible.
  2. Students must live or study in Maine within 75 miles of Portland (Rockland to Waterville to Farmington, and Rumford to the New Hampshire border).
  3. Students may be studying privately or at a school; they do not need to be music majors.
  4. Teachers may nominate more than one student per year; teachers may re-nominate students in subsequent years if the eligibility requirements are still met.


A brief letter describing the student’s strengths and how he/she would benefit from the scholarship should be emailed to either of the MK Scholarship

Committee Co-Chairs:

Shirley Helfrich or Barbara Smith


Deadline for receipt of the nomination letter is September 16, 2017. The teacher of the scholarship recipient will be notified by October 1, 2017.

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