May 2, 2019


  Junior violinist Elliott Stevens from BHS North and sophomore violist Josie Sparks from BHS South are this school year's Jane A Gouker Endowment scholarship winners. Both are student musicians in the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. Interested students applied for the awards through a confidential online form, with preference given on basis of need and dedication and service to HYP. Each scholarship of $250 will be used to offset expenses incurred for the students’ musical experiences, such as: instrument rental, private lessons, HYP trip fees, etc. The winners were announced at the 34th annual Night of Dance performance by the HYP. The Endowment is honored to help present HYP students in this way!

March 11, 2019
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PACK YOUR BAG and DONATE TO JAG (Jane A Gouker Endowment)!!

  Donate $50 to the Jane A Gouker Endowment and your name will be placed in a drawing for 1 round trip airline ticket donated by Southwest Airlines (valued at $400).
The ticket is good for transportation on Southwest operated published scheduled only service in the United States, its territories, and its possessions, including Puerto Rico. There are no blackout dates! Tickets are good for travel up to January 25, 2020.
For every $50 donation your name will be placed in the drawing: $100 donation places your name twice; $500 donation your name goes in 10 times, etc.!!
Follow the link to donate online to the Jane A Gouker Endowment for the MCCSC strings program through The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County or mail your donation to:
Community Foundation
100 S. College Ave.
Suite 240
Bloomington, IN.
– designate the Jane A Gouker Endowment in the memo line.

All donations must be made and received by April 18, 2019 to be eligible for the drawing. Two names will be drawn, each receiving a round trip ticket on South West Airlines.

August 13, 2018


  Click here to get access the Scholarship Application
1. Scholarship applications are only accessible through the Endowment’s web page:
2. The application will be posted on the website by Monday, September 17th, 2018           
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 Hoosier Youth Philharmonic.
5. The student must have been a part of the MCCSC orchestra program for 2 or more years.
6. Any questions concerning this scholarship should be directed to

March 18, 2018
Jane A. Gouker would like to thank the following people and organizations who has generously contributed to the Endowment:
Bates, Mrs. Marian Krajewska (Mrs. Earl O. Bates) ^
Bellamy, Sr. Laurette
Beneish, Messod and Julie
Bennett, Ms. Karen J.*
Bettencourt, Mr. and Mrs. Lance
Blosser, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W.*
...see complete list

Violinist Sara Caswell

Grammy Nominated Violinist Sara Caswell

Jan 8, 2018
The Jane A. Gouker Endowment group, the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic and the MCCSC string program congratulate our own Sara Caswell, violinist, on her Grammy nomination.

Sara has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for her performance on “Can’t Remember Why,” a track from the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge album “Whispers on the Wind,” released in September. Sara has been a performer in groups previously nominated for a Grammy but this is her first time nominated as a solo artist. Now residing in New York City, she has already had a storied and incredibly active career with more than 100 honors and accolades. What makes this nomination all the more impressive is it is thought to be the very first for a female solo jazz artist and the first for a violin solo in jazz.

Sara is an alumna of our MCCSC orchestra program, having been in our orchestras through Tri-North Middle School, Bloomington High School North and the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. She was concertmaster of the BHSN Orchestra and HYP through her high school years, graduating in 1996. Not only did she earn the National School Orchestra Award, but she was also honored by having an award created that bears her own name, the “Sara Carls Caswell Award.” This award is a highly unusual honor bestowed on a BHSN senior who, because of such amazing ability, single handedly promoted the MCCSC Orchestra program — as Sara surely did — and is still doing.

Sara attended Indiana University under a full scholarship as a Wells Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction and an Artist’s Diploma in both violin performance and jazz studies. In 2006, she earned a Master of Music degree in jazz violin at Manhattan School of Music, where she is now a part of the faculty. Sara is also on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music and also has a full calendar of performances in both jazz and classical music. She has been selected as a “Rising Star” in DownBeat Magazine polls every year since 2013. We are so proud of Sara and we congratulate her! Her parents, Austin (now deceased) and Judy Caswell, have been loyal supporters of our program for many years. Sister Rachel, jazz vocalist, (also an alumna of our string program in cello), performs with Sara, and individually, quite regularly around the U.S. and frequently can be heard in Bloomington performances.