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Scholarships • Prizes

at Waltons New School of Music

‘I studied singing at the New School for three years, and I am sending this as a belated thank you for all those years at Waltons. I also wanted to let you know that I am continuing my study of music and singing this year at Trinity College – something I don’t think I would have achieved without my years of lessons at Waltons.
Thank you for the support and encouragement I received, for the opportunities I was given to perform, and most of all for the scholarship I was awarded in 2005 as Young Student of the Year.
Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to John Mardirosian and everyone at the New School.
Yours, Clare Treacey


Taking place in late May / early June each year (our 2018-2019 Competition takes place on Sunday, 26 May 2019), the New School’s Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition awards full-year tuition scholarships in three categories (Young Student of the Year, Mature Student of the Year and Most Promising Beginner), as well as an Ensemble Prize and Songwriting/Composition Prize.


Click on the tabs for more information.

Young Student of the Year

Scholarship

30-minute lessons in the student’s instrument for the 2019-2020 school year, First-Third Terms (not transferable).

This scholarship is awarded for musical ability and potential, as well as for progress over the school year, as determined by New School faculty adjudicators. Candidates, who are nominated by their teachers, will compete for the scholarship on 26 May 2019. The scholarship winner is expected to perform in the New School’s End-of-Year Student Concert. (See School Concerts for more information.)

Eligibility

Students of all instruments (including voice), aged 18 and under on 29 June 2019 (the end of our Third Term), who will have been enrolled at the New School for at least 18 consecutive weeks by 29 June 2019. Scholarship winners may not enter the same competition category again.

See the Past Scholarship • Prize Winners tab for previous winners of this scholarship.

Mature Student of the Year

Scholarship

30-minute lessons in the student’s instrument for the 2019-2020 school year, First-Third Terms (not transferable).

This scholarship will be awarded for musical ability and potential, as well as for progress over the school year, as determined by New School faculty adjudicators. Candidates, who are nominated by their teachers, will compete for the scholarship on 26 May 2019. The scholarship winner is expected to perform in the New School’s End-of-Year Student Concert. (See School Concerts for more information.)

Eligibility

Students of all instruments (including voice), aged 19 and over on 29 June 2019 (the end of our Third Term), who will have been enrolled at the New School for at least 18 consecutive weeks by 29 June 2019. Scholarship winners may not enter the same competition category again.

See the Past Scholarship • Prize Winners tab for previous winners of this scholarship.

Most Promising Beginner

Scholarship

30-minute lessons in the student’s instrument for the 2019-2020 school year, First-Third Terms (not transferable).

This scholarship will be awarded for musical ability and potential, as well as for progress over the school year, as determined by New School faculty adjudicators. Candidates, who are nominated by their teachers, will compete for the scholarship on 26 May 2019. The scholarship winner is expected to perform in the New School’s End-of-Year Student Concert. (See School Concerts for more information.)

Eligibility

Students of all instruments (including voice), and of all ages, who came to the New School as beginners on their chosen instrument during the 2018-2019 school year and who will have been enrolled at the New School for at least 18 consecutive weeks by 29 June 2019 (the end of our Third Term). Scholarship winners may not enter the same competition category again.

See the Past Scholarship • Prize Winners tab for previous winners of this scholarship.

Ensemble Prize

Prize

€400, to be applied only towards tuition at Waltons New School of Music during the 2019-2020 school year, will be divided evenly among members of the ensemble.

The New School Ensemble Prize is awarded for the best ensemble performance in our Scholarship Competition, as well as for progress over the school year, as determined by New School faculty adjudicators. Candidates are nominated by their teachers, and prize winners are expected to perform in the New School’s End-of-Year Student Concert. (See School Concerts for more information.)

Eligibility

Instrumental, vocal or mixed ensembles made up of two or more students, who will have been enrolled at the New School for at least 18 consecutive weeks by 29 June 2019 (the end of our Third Term). Prize winners may not enter the same competition again.

Songwriting/Composition Prize

Prize

€300, to be applied only towards tuition at Waltons New School of Music during the 2019-2020 school year and is not transferable.

The New School Songwriting/Composition Prize is awarded for the most creative original composition or song for solo instrument or voice or small group/ensemble, performed by the composer/songwriter alone or with group. Melodic instruments/singers may be accompanied by guitar, piano/keyboard or other instrument. Compositions/songs must be original, may be in any genre/style and should be no more than seven minutes long. Written music and/or lyrics should be supplied if possible to the New School faculty adjudicators. The prize will go to the songwriter/composer only.

Candidates, who are nominated by their teachers, will compete for this prize in the Martin A. Walton Memorial Scholarship Competition on 26 May 2019, and the prize winner(s) is/are expected to perform in the New School’s End-of-Year Student Concert. (See School Concerts for more information.)

Eligibility

Students of all ages who will have been enrolled at the New School for at least 18 consecutive weeks by 29 June 2019 (the end of our Third Term). Prize winners may not enter the same competition again.

Past Scholarship • Prize Winners

2017-2018

Young Student of the Year
1st Prize and full-year scholarship: Tanishka Malhotra, Piano (Elisabeth Meuleman, Teacher)
2nd Prize: Ai Lin Sun, Piano (Vita Galla, Teacher)
Joint 3rd Prize:
Aoife Dardis, Voice (Sinéad Flynn, Teacher)
Sophie Dolan, Clarinet (Ronan O’Sullivan, Teacher)

Mature Student of the Year
1st Prize and full-year scholarship: Sophie Byrne, Voice (Sinéad Flynn, Teacher)
2nd Prize: Lauryn-Anne Gillooly, Voice (Marta Burns, Teacher)
3rd Prize: Gerard Carroll, Voice (Joan O’Malley, Teacher)

Most Promising Beginner
1st Prize and full-year scholarship: Lucas (Min Xuan) Chen, Piano (Lenka Dobai, Teacher)
2nd Prize: Sha Weng, Piano (Varo Khachatryan, Teacher)
3rd Prize: Charlie Murray, Guitar (Gary Norman, Teacher)

2016-2017

Young Student of the Year: Gene Paul Retardo, Piano
Mature Student of the Year: Myles O’Brien, Voice
Most Promising Beginner: Rachael McGlade, Voice
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Gene Paul Retardo

2015-2016

Young Student of the Year: Faolán Molloy, Piano
Mature Student of the Year: Mika Onodera, Voice
Most Promising Beginner: Louise Deyn, Cello
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Faolán Molloy

2014-2015

Young Student of the Year: Lucian Matei, Guitar
Mature Student of the Year: Claire McGowan, Voice
Most Promising Beginner: Aoibhinn Farrell, Voice
Ensemble Prize: Anna-Marie Jones, Feargus McDonnell, Don Nolan, Gráinne Roche
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Lucian Matei

2013-2014

Young Student of the Year: Rory Rusnak, Piano
Mature Student of the Year: Declan Devine, Piano
Most Promising Beginner: Santiago Lejarza, Voice
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Christopher Hearty
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Rory Rusnak

2012-2013

Young Student of the Year: Bianca Lucaci, Piano
Mature Student of the Year: Christine Smyth, Voice
Most Promising Beginner: Peter Ryan, Piano
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Christopher Hearty, Guitar
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Bianca Lucaci, Piano

2011-2012

Young Student of the Year: Ita McGennis, Piano
Mature Student of the Year: Michael Bruce, Piano
Most Promising Beginner: Tatyana Larareva, Voice
Songwriting/Composition Prize: Conall Mullarkey
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Michael Bruce

2010-2011

Young Student of the Year: Gearóid Lane (Guitar)
Mature Student of the Year: Marion Stack, (Voice)
Most Promising Beginner: Viktoras Tarvydas (Voice)
Songwriting/Composition Prize: David Heagney
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Gearóid Lane

2009-2010

Young Student of the Year: Keith Stears (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: Robert Connell (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Eamonn Coleman (Voice)
Ensemble Prize: Flute Ensemble
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Keith Stears

2008-2009

Young Student of the Year: Oscar Martin (Violin)
Mature Student of the Year: Aisling Roberts (Guitar)
Most Promising Beginner: Arrah Angela Valenzona (Piano)
Ensemble Prize: Adult String Ensemble
Kurzweil Piano Prize: Robert Connell
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Aisling Roberts

2007-2008

Young Student of the Year: Katerina Speranskey (Cello)
Mature Student of the Year: Brid Gallagher (Voice)
Most Promising Beginner: Eliza Saclolo (Piano)
Ensemble Prize: Adult String Ensemble
Suzuki Piano Prize: Eliza Saclolo

2006-2007

Young Student of the Year: Teodor Iliu Radu (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: Chien Buggle (Guitar)
Most Promising Beginner: Agata Wistocka (Violin)
Ensemble Prize: Mia Bourke (Flute), Margaret Breen (Flute)
Suzuki Piano Prize: Teodor Iliu Radu
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Chien Buggle

2005-2006

Young Student of the Year: Aoife Moroney (Flute)
Mature Student of the Year: Mairéad Nic an Fhaili (Flute)
Most Promising Beginner: Mark Angelo Bungcayao (Flute)
Roland Piano Prize: David Daniels
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Richard Hegarty

2004-2005

Young Student of the Year: Clare Treacey (Voice)
Mature Student of the Year: Kim O’Donnell (Piano)
Roland Piano Prize: Kim O’Donnell

2003-2004

Young Student of the Year: Jennifer McBride (Clarinet)
Mature Student of the Year: Anthony McGorian (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Bella Davey (Clarinet)
Roland Piano Prize: Stephen Kenny
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Rossa Lowry-O’Reilly

2002-2003

Young Student of the Year: Manus Goan (Guitar)
Mature Student of the Year: Mary Laherty (Low Whistle)
Most Promising Beginner: Jennifer McBride (Clarinet)
Ensemble Prize: Rig-a-Jig
Roland Piano Prize: Anthony McGorian
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Manus Goan

2001-2002

Young Student of the Year: Caoimhe Monaghan (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: Carol Hayes (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Sean Frayne (Cello)
Roland Piano Prize: Carol Hayes
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Robert Narunovskis

2000-2001

Young Student of the Year: Niall O’Higgins (Guitar)
Mature Student of the Year: Sam Jackson (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Rebecca Collins (Guitar)
Ensemble Prize: Eilish Keogh (Voice), Sam Jackson (Piano)
Roland Piano Prize: Francisco Vidal
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Rebecca Collins

1999-2000

Young Student of the Year: Donna Robinson (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: J. J. Harrington (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Laura Watson (Piano)
Roland Piano Prize: Yue-Fai Yuen
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Niall O’Higgins

1998-1999

Young Student of the Year: Kevin Carberry (Flute)
Mature Student of the Year: Fiona Byrne (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Tom Lawlor (Voice)
Ensemble Prize: Meljoann Ryan (Flute), Kevin Carberry (Flute)
Roland Piano Prize: Sam Jackson
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Cormac Liston

1997-1998

Young Student of the Year: Lucy Caravello (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: Catherine Craven (Irish Harp)
Most Promising Beginner: Colm McDonagh (Guitar)
Ensemble Prize: Catherine Craven, Mary Gregg (Irish Harp)
Roland Piano Prize: Fiona Byrne
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prize: Colm McDonagh

1996-1997

Young Student of the Year: Ciara Price (Piano)
Mature Student of the Year: Yoko Taguma (Piano)
Most Promising Beginner: Kanna Hashimoto (Button Accordion)
Gibson Epiphone Guitar Prizes: Roddy Hick, Redmond O’Toole

1995-1996

Young Student of the Year: Redmond O’Toole (Guitar)
Mature Student of the Year: Mary Gregg (Irish Harp)
Most Promising Beginner: Lucy Caravello (Piano)

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