Carolyn Tarzia Private Music Lesson Scholarship (Fund)

Est. May 17, 2004


Applications will only be accepted until October 1st. 

Established to honor a Master Teacher, and Friend of the Pioneer Orchestra Program, Carolyn Tarzia

The purpose of this fund is to provide a financial source of support for Pioneer Orchestra students to further their musical studies with private lessons from qualified string teachers in the Ann Arbor area.

It is our hope that through these private lessons, students will experience the excitement of their own

advancement and skill level as well as the satisfaction of making great music on a stringed instrument.

Recipients would have demonstrated some of the same personal qualities that Carolyn Tarzia has exhibited throughout her lifetime:

  1. • drive for excellence 
  2. • empathy towards others 
  3. • constructive attitude 
  4. • perseverance through difficulties 
  5. • patience 
  6. • support for our orchestra program and its tradition of excellence.



Elizabeth A. H. Green Instrument Award

Established to honor the memory of Pioneer Orchestra's founding conductor and internationally recognized music teacher and good friend, Elizabeth A.H. Green., for the purpose of securing very fine violins, violas, cellos, and basses which will be made available via long-term loans to Pioneer Orchestra students.   It is our hope that the use of such a fine instrument will inspire the advancement and the enjoyment of making beautiful music.


Students selected to receive these fine instruments will have...    

  •          demonstrated great potential
  •          outgrown their own instrument, and,
  •          for whom the cost of a very fine stringed instrument is prohibitive. 

These students would also embody the same personal qualities that Miss Green exhibited throughout her lifetime:

  •          drive for excellence
  •          perseverence
  •          consideration towards other music students
  •          helpful in rehearsals
  •          supportive of and contributing to our orchestra program and its tradition of excellence. 

To apply to use one of these instruments during the school year, please contact Mr. Glawe directly.

Read this beautiful reflection from student Maya Burgard regarding her use of the Elizabeth Green Bass. HERE 


Marijean Quigley-Young Fund for Excellence


Established in the Spring of 2006, this fund was to honor Marijean Quigley-Young at her retirement from the Pioneer H.S. Music Department as the Orchestra Director, 1984-2006. Throughout her tenure there, the orchestras have consistently performed at a level far surpassing the highest of expectations, earning the top awards in every music festival entered, receiving five GRAMMY recognitions of Gold and Signature School status, as well as the 2006 National GRAMMY Signature School designating the Pioneer Music Department as number one for the entire country.

The Marijean Quigley-Young Fund for Excellence is an endowment fund, administered by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, which celebrates the inspirational leadership of this award-winning music educator and conductor at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.

Through the use of this fund, outstanding guest artists and/or string ensembles will be enabled to interact with Pioneer Music Students stimulating excellence in the growth and development of our music students.

All donations may be made to:

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation,

attn. The Marijean Quigley-Young Fund for Excellence.