The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship ($5,000) and Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship ($1,500) are offered annually by Morris Arts to two graduating high school seniors who demonstrate artistic excellence in dance, drama, music or visual arts and plan to pursue further study in an area related to the arts.
On the evening of March 15, 2018 Morris Arts introduced Pianist John Duc-Tuan Nguyen, winner of the Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship (of $5,000), and actress Nicole Giordano, winner of the Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship (of $1,500), at the opening reception for approaching VIBRANCY, the new exhibit in the Gallery at 14 Maple.
This year’s Ehlers Scholarship winner, John Duc-Tuan Nguyen, is a graduating senior at The Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering in Rockaway. He plans to double major (or possibly minor) in music performance in college. Winning 3rd place in the 8th Chopin International Piano Competition, Grand Prix in the National Young Musician Showcase Competition and IMAS Talented Young Musician Olympia Competition, and garnering top places in numerous other national and international competitions, Nguyen has performed as a soloist at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, NJPAC and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. His piano teacher described him as “truly gifted,” “exciting,” a “striking talent,” with a “marvelous musical imagination for both lines and colors.” For his application, Nguyen’s outstanding performances of two very difficult works (Lizst/Schumann Dedication [Widmung], op. 25, no.1 and Chopin’s Sonata in B minor, Op. 58, Movement IV: Finale. Presto non Tanto; Agitato) demonstrated his musical maturity, poise, precision, exceptional technical skills, keen understanding of structure and “voicing,” clarity of line, poetic expressiveness, wide dynamic range, and unique flair in performance. As a pianist, he is that rare combination of formidable technique coupled with a profound understanding of the music.
This year’s Coladarci Scholarship winner is actress Nicole Giordano, a graduating senior at Mountain Lakes High School who plans to pursue a BFA in acting at college. With advanced training at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Boston University’s Summer Theater Institute, she was a finalist at the Governor’s Awards for the Speech and Theatre Association of NJ (besting nearly 500 competitors), won the Best Leading Actress award at the Bucks County Theatre Festival, and was one of 15 chosen from among 2,500 applicants for NYU’s Tisch Future Theater Artists Program. Her drama teacher stated, “This girl’s natural talents far outweigh those of many working actors today.”
The panel also felt strongly about awarding an Honorable Mention, to acknowledge the outstandingly creative and unique work by visual artist Coral Coad, a graduating senior at West Morris Mendham High School. Cited by one teacher for her “rare and precious gift,” Coral created costumes, designed film sets and produced artwork of great originality and quality.
The judges were unanimous in these choices. Congratulations to all!
To download the 2018 application materials, click HERE.
Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, had a voracious appetite for all things artistic and musical. She derived intellectual and emotional sustenance from the arts and she supported programs at many museums and musical institutions. By establishing this scholarship, an enduring legacy has been created to reward those who possess artistic talent and who plan to further their arts education.
Eugenie R. Coladarci, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Chase Manhattan Bank, was an active member of Morris Arts for eleven years and was completing her first term as Board Chair when she passed away in 1997. As a statewide champion of the arts, Gene encouraged the development of young artists and believed in the value of the arts in their quality of life. The idea of a scholarship to assist talented young people wishing to continue their study in the arts was very important to her.
Applications will be accepted from graduating high school seniors who are currently attending public, private, or parochial school in New Jersey. Applicants must be Morris County residents who plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program, and who have demonstrated artistic excellence.
Children of Morris Arts trustees, staff and panelists are not eligible.
Note: As of 2014, the Coladarci Scholarship was increased from $1,250 to $1,500.
Morris Arts Announces 2017 Scholarships Winners — Graduating Seniors from Mountain Lakes and West Morris Mendham High Schools
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
2017 Scholarship Winners are oboist Ethan Whang and soprano Lila Dunn
Morris Arts has announced the 2017 winners of its annual Elaine Ehlers and Eugenie Coladarci arts scholarships for graduating high school seniors are Ethan Whang of Mountain Lakes High School and Lila Dunn of West Morris Mendham High School.
Ethan Whang, a graduating senior at Mountain Lakes High School, will be attending Harvard University, where he plans to study chamber music and conducting. He has studied oboe and English horn at the Juilliard Pre-College Division and with teachers drawn from the Metropolitan Opera and NYC Ballet Orchestras.
The principal oboist and English horn player in the NJ Youth Symphony, Ethan was one of only two Americans selected internationally for the Verbier International Music Festival in Switzerland, where he was principal oboist. His school counselor called him “brilliant and inquisitive.” His Juilliard oboe instructor praised him lavishly, citing his passion and outstanding artistic ability.
The panel was impressed not only by Ethan’s advanced technique but also by his mature musicianship, versatility, clarity of articulation, intonation, depth of expression, artistry and the sheer beauty of his sound.
Lila Dunn distinguished herself as the top ranked soprano in All-National, All-State, Regional and County choral competitions and has pursued extensive private voice lessons. Her experienced voice teacher called her “one of the most exceptional students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching” …and cited Lila’s “immense talent and musical intuition beyond her years.”
Here, too, the panel was greatly impressed by the advanced skills of this young musician: her facility in difficult passagework, large vocal range, clear diction, accurate intonation, sensitive phrasing and expressive use of a naturally beautiful voice.
In this highly competitive year, two outstanding dancers, Kaitlyn Dal Bon and Briele MeLahn, both students at Morris Knolls High School, merited Honorable Mention. The judges were unanimous in their choices.
Each year Morris Arts offers two scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or visual arts and plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program.
The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, and the Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, were created to recognize artistic excellence, encourage the artists of the future, and to celebrate the value of the arts to the human experience.
The Ehlers Scholarship was established in 2002 in memory of Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, who had a voracious appetite for all things artistic and musical. She derived intellectual and emotional sustenance from the arts and supported programs at many museums and musical institutions. By establishing this scholarship, an enduring legacy has been created to reward those who possess artistic talent and who plan to further their arts education.
The Coladarci Scholarship was first awarded in 1999 in memory of Eugenie R. Coladarci, who was Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Chase Manhattan Bank and an active member of Morris Arts for eleven years. She was completing her first term as Board Chair when she passed away in 1997. As a statewide champion of the arts, Genie encouraged the development of young artists and believed in the value of the arts to the quality of life. The idea of a scholarship to assist talented young people wishing to continue their study in the arts was very important to her.
The winners will be introduced at the March 8 opening reception for Common Ground, the new exhibit in the Gallery at 14 Maple (3rd floor, 14 Maple Ave., Morristown). The free reception, scheduled from 6-8 p.m., is open to the public.
Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.
The 2016 Scholarship winners are:
Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship: Composer Zachary Catron (West Morris Mendham High School)
Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship: Visual artist Tyler Harker (West Morris Mendham High School)
Click HERE to read about the Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship winner, composer Zachary Catron
Click HERE to read about the Eugenie Colardarci Arts Scholarship winner, visual artist Tyler Harker
Click HERE to read about the Honorable Mention, tuba/euphonium player TJ Graf
The 2015 Scholarship winners were:
Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship: Percussionist Reed Puleo (West Morris Mendham High School)
Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship: Ballet dancer, Tori Hey (West Morris Mendham High School)
2015 Scholarship winners: Reed Puleo (Ehlers) and Tori Hey (Coladarci); Reed and Tori with Morris Arts Executive Director, Tom Werder.
Click HERE to read the award speech and learn about the 2015 Ehlers Arts Scholarship winner Reed Puleo and his accomplishments.
Click HERE to read the award speech and learn about the 2015 Coladarci Arts Scholarship winner Tori Hey and her accomplishments.