Director Marianne Ritter, Jessica's mother and sibling, Jessica Abreu Ruiz and Board Member Julie Vonderschmidt.

May 17, 2024

Announcing the Recipients of the Jane A Gouker Endowment Annual Spring Scholarships

Three students in Monroe County Community Schools Corp. middle schools were awarded scholarships to be used their freshman year of high school for expenses such as outfit fees or instrument rental.

The scholarships were presented by representatives of the Jane. A. Gouker Endowment at the recent final spring concerts. The winners are chosen by the middle school orchestra directors.



Jane Gouker and Roslyn Osorio Aparicio

Batchelor 8th grader, Jessica Abreu Ruiz, was awarded the Jane A Gouker Endowment Scholarship.

Roslyn Osorio Aparicio was the winner at Tri North Middle School.

Yeseon (Esther) Bang was the winner at Jackson Creek Middle School.

JAGE Board Member Travis Jerke and Yeseon (Esther) Bang









CONGRATULATIONS to all!








Jane A. Gouker

Jane A. Gouker

About the endowment

The Jane A. Gouker Endowment for MCCSC Strings honors the legacy of our retired director Jane Gouker.

* For her 40 years of dedication to teaching students and her founding of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic (HYP) and the elementary strings program. 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.

Securing. Supporting. Sustaining.

The Jane A. Gouker Endowment for MCCSC Strings was established to Secure, Support and Sustain the strings program in the Monroe County Community School Corp.

The JAG Endowment allows the MCCSC strings program to flourish, with an elementary strings program that leads into the middle school and high school orchestras within the school system.

With uncertain financial times, the JAG Endowment was created to ensure that there is always a financial foundation for the strings programs in the MCCSC.

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, visit cfbmc.org/donate-now .Under FUND NAME* select Jane A. Gouker Endowment for MCCSC Strings Program.from the drop down menu.

DONATE NOW

Or you can send gifts to:

Community Foundation Bloomington and Monroe County
101 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Suite 321, Bloomington, IN 47401-6135
Include Jane A. Gouker Endowment for the MCCSC Strings Program 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, the 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.