The Nancy F. Walker Scholarships for

Classical Vocal and

Instrumental Students

Nancy F. Walker Scholarship


This year, students from five colleges and public, private, and home schools representing seven area counties applied. The students submitted YouTube video auditions, and selected applicants were invited to perform in person. They were adjudicated by highly qualified, distinguished judges who assigned scores and provided comments.

High School Winners

High School Instrumental

1st Place                   Maxwell Fairman, violin

2nd Place               Ari Webb, cello

3rd Place                 Inesh Loka, piano

Encouragement Award     Loxea Hipsky, viola                   


High School Vocal

1st Place                    Ella Vaughn, soprano

2nd Place                  Claire Hardek, soprano

3rd Place                   Molly Chun, soprano

Encouragement Award      Nick Gundrum, baritone

Encouragement Award      Luke Randazzo, baritone

College Winners

College Instrumental

1st Place                        Nicholas Tsang, cello

2nd Place                      Layang Ka, violin

3rd Place                       Zhouyang Shao, piano

Encouragement Award       Jordan Watt, viola

Encouragement Award       Emily Foster, piano


College Vocal

1st Place                    Cora-Melin Mikat, soprano  

2nd Place                   Carolina Sullivan, soprano

3rd Place                    Matthew Goodheart, tenor

Encouragement Award      Lauren Maynus, soprano

Encouragement Award      Matilda Smolij, mezzo

Instrumental Judges

J.R. Cassidy – Conductor, Music Director of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

Dale Swisher – violinist and conductor; Anderson High School orchestra teacher for 20+ years, retired CSYO conductor and past director of the XU Chamber orchestra and the Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra

Siok Lian Tan –  head of piano studies at Miami University (OH), PhD in piano from CCM, international recitalist and clinician

Vocal Judges

Cynthia Lawrence – soprano, Endowed Chair of voice/opera at the University of Kentucky, Professor of voice, KY Regional NATS audition chair, KY NATS secretary; international opera career.

Morgan Smith – operatic baritone, one of the most prolific performers of modern operatic repertoire in the world; has also earned universal praise for performances in traditional repertoire.

Mary Henderson Stucky – Professor Emerita of Voice at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati; sang opera, oratorio and recitals throughout Europe and the US.

Nancy Walker

Nancy Fuldner Walker, memorialized by these scholarships, was a musician, music teacher and strong advocate for all music and arts organizations. She provided able leadership to Matinée Musicale for more than four decades before her death in October 2017. Matinée Musicale Cincinnati honors her legacy of support and encouragement of young musicians through these scholarships.


Students who reside or attend school in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana are eligible to receive scholarships.


Please contact Nancy Bailey at or by phone at 859-781-0801.

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