BENEFITING: GARDEN STATE PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY SOCIETY
Garden State Philharmonic wrote -
Help support the future of classical and instrumental music by building the principal of the Mac & Gloria Adler Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund was founded many years ago in tribute to two individuals who played critical roles in the founding of the Garden State Philharmonic. In addition to the countless hours spent by Mr. and Mrs. Adler in nurturing what would later become the professional orchestra, Mrs. Adler was dedicated to nurturing the future of classical and instrumental music through recognition and education of young people. To her credit, Mrs. Adler spent countless hours organizing young musician competitions, community and education efforts, and more in order to protect the future of instrumental music. Mr. Adler also served as a principal musician in the professional orchestra for nearly 30 years and volunteered his talents to mentoring aspiring young people. In the spirit of Mr. and Mrs. Adler, the Fund plays a critical role supporting student interests in classical and orchestral music, both of which are often overshadowed by what are perceived by many to be more contemporary interests. Each year, the Garden State Philharmonic awards small incentive scholarships from available Adler Memorial Scholarship funding to a limited number of high school seniors who have dedicated themselves to the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (GSPYO) and who demonstrate a committed passion to instrumental music. Preference is given to those students who are electing to continue their pursuit of instrumental music or music education in a higher education setting. The number of scholarships awarded is directly proportional to the amount of funding available and the number of applicants. Additionally, through the Fund, a select number of students who meet the audition criteria for the GSPYO, but whose families have found themselves in financial hardship have their member fees paid out of Scholarship funds in order to preserve the student’s ability to participant. Determination of the latter is a strict process in order to protect the longevity of the Fund; however, since Storm Sandy in 2012, more than 55 students and their families have benefited from the support.