Jane A. Gouker

Jane A. Gouker


Monday, Sept. 2, 2019


The Jane A Gouker Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County will be offering two $250 scholarships to current members of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. One scholarship will be awarded to a Bloomington HS North musician, and one to a Bloomington HS South musician. The scholarship money must be used for reasons associated with the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. Examples would be instrument rental fees, outfit deposit fee, individual’s private lessons on their orchestral string instrument, the required trip cost, etc. Awarded monies will be issued directly to the recipient’s requested need, and not to the student, or student’s family.

1. Scholarship applications are only accessible through the Endowment’s web page: Jane A Gouker Endowment Scholarship.
2. The application will be posted on the website by Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
3. The student must be a registered student in the BHSN or BHSS orchestra class for the entire school year.
4. Preference will be given to students with 2 or more years’ experience in the high school orchestra program and with a proven record of service to the HYP.
5. The student must have been a part of the MCCSC orchestra program for 2 or more years.
6. Former Endowment scholarship winners are not eligible to receive the scholarship again.
7. Any questions concerning this scholarship should be directed to jagendowscholarship@gmail.com.
8. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The Jane A Gouker Scholarship Committee will only review completed applications received by the deadline.
9. To submit your application online visit Jane A Gouker Endowment Scholarship.
10. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the HYP Fall Concert.

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About the endowment

Hoosier Youth Philharmonic founder and director Jane A. Gouker is being honored with the establishment of an endowment in her name through the Community Foundation of Bloomington Monroe County.

She has taught students for the past 40 years, directing string orchestras for the youth of Monroe County Community School Corp. Those students — playing violin, viola, cello and bass — have performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City; the American Cemetery for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.; and Cumberland Caverns Volcano Room, where the NPR "Bluegrass Underground" musicians perform. The Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, along with Jane Gouker, was also honored during the 2012-2013 school years as the "Leading Light" program by the Franklin Initiative with the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

The endowment will enable the strings program in the Monroe County Community School Corp. to flourish, with an elementary strings program that leads into the middle school and high school orchestras in the school system. With uncertain financial times, now is the time to ensure that there is always a financial foundation for strings programs in the Monroe County Community School Corp.

How you can help:

We invite you to help in this effort by contributing through the Community Foundation of Bloomington Monroe County. To contribute online by credit or debit card, click the button below to go to cfbmc.org . Be sure to check the button Include this gift in the Matchstick campaign for: and select Hoosier Youth Philharmonic from the drop-down menu.


Or you can send gifts to:

Community Foundation Bloomington and Monroe County
101 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Suite 321, Bloomington, IN 47401-6135
Include Hoosier Youth Philharmonic on the memo line.

Why the endowment is being established now:

The 2010 and 2016 referendums partially restored Monroe County Community School Corp. funding cut during the recession. Voters and your generosity saved the strings program.

But with financial uncertainty, future of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic and the strings program is always in doubt. The Jane A. Gouker Endowment can help secure the future of the MCCSC strings program while honoring and preserving the legacy of HYP Director Jane A. Gouker and her 40 years of dedication to teaching students. Thanks to her efforts, HYP musicians are ambassadors for our community to our country and to the world.

Video from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative tells,
in words and music, why the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic was chosen as the 2012 Leading Light Award winner.