The Ruthanne Lodato Memorial Financial Assistance Award is given annually to young boys and girls who demonstrate a love of music and display an excellence in performing.  Ruthanne was a music teacher for over 40 years, and an accomplished pianist and organist who found happiness in helping children discover the joy of music and in watching her students reach their potential.  This scholarship also helps those financially less fortunate to continue both their appreciation of music and their desire to grow their abilities.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
2809 Winter Oaks Way, Herndon, VA  20171

February 3, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of their eligibility by February 16,2020.

Eve Ginnett

Two memorized pieces, each from a different historical period. The audition will last a maximum of 10 minutes; if the repertoire exceeds 10 minutes, the judges will hear a portion of each piece. Students may play a concerto movement as part of their repertoire but only if they perform it with their own accompanist. Furnish one published score for the judges. If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Copyright Release Form, signed by a parent or teacher, must be submitted to the chairman by email or postmarked at least one week prior to the event. Please submit this form also for music purchased or downloaded from the internet.


Up to $800 divided among the applicants upon completion of repertoire requirements.

Open to students of voice or any instrument who are age 9 to 17 on the date of the event, and who qualify for financial need based on documents submitted upon application. High school seniors and students who enter the Judy Leonard and Healy/Ford Awards are not eligible for this award.

Students applying for the Ruthanne Lodato Award may not have been recipients of first or second place awards in any NVMTA solo competitive event during the 12 months preceding the date of this event.  Students selected to perform in an NVMTA Honors Recital or Young Artists Musicale during the preceding 12 months are also ineligible.  Students can only apply to enter one financial award each year with a waiting period of one year after receiving a monetary award.

Submit Teacher Certification FormStudent Information Form,  and page 1 of the prior year’s IRS Form 1040 to:

NVMTA Scholarship Endowment Fund
c/o Eve Ginnett, Chair
2809 Winter Oaks Way
Herndon, VA 20171
All documents are strictly confidential.  No financial information from the application will be shared with applicants’ teachers.  The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.