August 9, 2020

Musical Masterworks, Community Music School Accepting Applications for Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks and Community Music School (CMS) have announced that applications are open for their fourth annual scholarship to honor the memory of Nancy D. Thomas.  

Thomas was a well-known and beloved piano instructor with Community Music School for 30 years and initiated the Kindermusik program and Kate’s Camp for Kids at CMS.  She influenced the lives of many young musicians and inspired their talents.  “We are thrilled to provide an additional opportunity for young people to study music and are so honored to have Musical Masterworks by our side in this partnership.” said Abigail Nickell, CMS Executive Director.

Thomas also was on the staff of Musical Masterworks for almost 25 years.  She was fastidious in her responsibilities working with all the musicians onstage and was well loved by all.  “Nancy was an indispensable part of Musical Masterworks.  We are delighted to be partnering with her beloved Community Music School in establishing this scholarship in her name, so that more young people can discover the power of music in their lives. We believe this would have pleased Nancy immensely,” said Alden Rockwell Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks.

Community Music School and Musical Masterworks are delighted to honor Thomas’s memory with the Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas, which will provide a one-time award of tuition for a middle school student to take music lessons, each lesson of 30 minutes length, for one full academic year (34 weeks) at CMS.  The five-year scholarship was established in 2017 and will be awarded annually through 2021. 

To be eligible, the candidate must be a student of classical voice or instrumental music and reside in Middlesex County or New London County. 

Interested students must complete an application and submit an audio recording of two pieces of classical music in contrasting styles as well as a written recommendation.  A three-member jury comprised of representatives of both CMS and Musical Masterworks will review applications.

The application deadline for the scholarship is June 22, 2020, and the scholarship recipients will be notified mid-summer. To obtain an application, contact CMS at (860) 767-0026.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 37-year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music, so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at or call 860.767.0026.

Musical Masterworks brings to Southern New England world-class chamber music performances and outreach programs which attract, entertain, and educate a diverse audience. Now planning its 30th season, Musical Masterworks offers five weekends of performances from October through May in Old Lyme.  Learn more by visiting or by calling 860.434.2252.


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