The Irwin H. Widelitz Scholarship Fund was established to honor a gifted pianist who was a volunteer at Lighthouse International. The scholarship enables talented and promising musicians (ages 7-18 years old) who are blind or who have low vision to continue and excel in their musical studies.

The students are part of the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People , which provides high quality music training. The innovative program is comprised of both individual and class instruction — from lessons in piano, guitar, flute and drums, to classes in solfège/theory/braille music, computer sequencing, percussion, music appreciation, instrumental ensembles and youth chorus.

The students have many opportunities in addition to individual music study and classes. Total enrichment in all the arts disciplines (including dance, theater and visual art) works to broaden the horizons of young people who are blind or who have low vision by exposing them to hands-on multi-disciplinary cultural learning experiences. The students participate in organized outings to performances and interactive workshops at major New York City arts venues, and also benefit from guest artist workshops, lectures and recitals at the Lighthouse. The comprehensive nature of the entire program augments their lessons and classroom learning, enabling the students to fit their musical education into a larger musical context.

Matthew Witaker

The 2011 Irwin H. Widelitz Scholarship Fund recipient is Matthew Whitaker.

Please support the Irwin H. Widelitz Scholarship Fund and help other young visually impaired musicians excel. Donate today!

Or, send your contributions to:

Dr. Leslie Jones
The Filomen D’Agostino Greenberg Music School
Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, N.Y. 10022



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