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Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition


In 1986, sister ISMTA chapters established the Berkley-Pendell Scholarship Fund in honor of the founding members of the original chapter, Helen Berkley of Winfield, IL, and Verona Pendell of West Chicago, IL.† Currently the following ISMTA chapters sponsor and participate in the Fundís activities: Naperville, Salt Creek, Waubonsie, and West Suburban.


The purpose of the Berkley-Pendell Scholarship Fund is to encourage and promote the cause of great music, and via its sponsorship of this annual competition, to foster emerging pianistic artistry and excellence, in order that we all actualize our musical culture and the great promise of our incredible youth .† The participating chapters jointly sponsor the annual piano competition for students whose teachers are active members of the participating chapters. The winners of each division are awarded cash prizes, and invited to perform at a special concert, and receive additional honors and recognition.

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