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William Warfield Memorial Scholarship


William Warfield Memorial Scholarship

An icon of American music performance for 50 remarkable years, famed operatic baritone William Warfield was a longstanding member of the Music Institute's Board of Trustees.  Scholarships were established in his memory to enable minority students to study with the distinguished faculty as a tribute to Mr. Warfield's heartfelt desire to share his knowledge, skills, and love of music.

Each year ticket proceeds from the Music Institute of Chicago’s annual celebration of the legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. support the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year scholarship recipients performed Jesus Paid it All with the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God, a 180-member male choral group, on Sunday, January 19 at Nichols Concert Hall.


This year’s recipients include:


Jada Adamson-Tate

(age 10, Skokie)

piano student of Claire Neiweem


Maya Gibson

(age 12, Zion)

violin student of Daniel Golden


Kamau Kokayi-Taylor

(age 12, Evanston)

jazz piano student of Fred Simon

Hannah White*

(age 14, Germantown, WI)

violin student of Hye-Sun Lee

Lucienne Williams

(age 14, Chicago)

viola student of Sarah Montzka


Mira Williams*

(age 16, Chicago)

viola student of Marko Dreher


*Students enrolled in the Music Institute’s prestigious Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.


If you wish to donate to the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund, please click here.