Music Scholarships

2018 Music Scholarship Championships

The Under 15 Edward Callaghan Music Scholarship Championship was held at the Flower City Feis on October 7, 2018.

5 Contestants & Dancers

The winner was Elizabeth Nist from New Brighton, PA.

Second place went to Brianna Cobbey from Wexford, PA.

The 15 and over James Brennan Music Scholarship Championship was held at the Rochester Feis on July 14, 2018.

Contestants: Annie Rutledge from Virginia, Margaret Young from Pennsylvania, Marilena Mohan from Ontario, and Amanda Mulvey from New York.
Adjudicators: Linda Rutherford, Sean Flynn, and Kate Wosczna
NAFC Members: Sandy Oswald, Bernadette Broderick, and Anne Gervin.

The winner of the competition was Marilena Mohan from Conestogo, Ontario. 

2017 Music Scholarship Championships

  • The 2017 Under 15 Edward Callaghan Music Scholarship Championship was held at the Irish American Association NW Jersey Feis on September 10, 2017.  The competition was won by Emily McFadden, dancer at the Broesler School, fiddle student of Brian Conway, from Gaithersburg, MD. The second place winner was Jonathon Ford from Harwich, MA.  Congratulations to all the talented competitors!

  • The 2017 15 and Over James Brennan Music Scholarship Championship was held at the Detroit International Feis on June 3, 2017.  The competition was won by Marilena Mohan from Kitchener, Ontario, her teachers are Nicole Guse and Dan MacDonald.  The event was adjudicated by Mary Lou Schade and Jim Butke.  Marilena was invited to play on stage with Ena O'Brien for the remainder of the Feis, join us in congratulating this very talented future Feis musician!

2016 Music Scholarship Championships 


  • 15 and Over James Brennan Music Championship was held at the Montreal Feis on May 21, 2016 - Won by Marilena Mohan, 16 years old, from Kitchener, Ontario. Teachers are Nicole Guse and Dan MacDonald.

  • Under 15 Edward Callaghan Music Championship was held at the Catskill Mountain Feis on August 6, 2016 and was won by P.J. Doran from the Loughran School of Music in Yonkers, New York. Ed Callaghan, Jimmy Early and Bernadette Broderick presented the awards.  There was 10 competitors, the adjudicators were Jimmy Early and Maggie Ritnour.


2015 Music Scholarship Championships

Rockland County Feis – July 19, 2015

NAFC Music Scholarship – Under 15 


Music Adjudicator – Kathleen Collins

Dance Adjudicator – Debbie Lynch


Congratulations to the 2015 WINNER OF THE

Kian McGeever                   Accordian

TEACHER:  Patty Furlong – Pearl River, NY School of Irish Music         


Ellen McGovern                   Fiddle

Fiona O’Brien                       Whistle

                        Sarah Perry                           Fiddle                        

Brynne Szabo                      Fiddle

Margaret Varenne                Harp

Mary Wick                              Whistle

Kristen Carolan                    Keyboard

Colman Connolly                Keyboard

Aidan Galvin                         Accordian

Emily Bergin                         Whistle

Ryan Ward                            Keyboard

Jacob Traumer                     Accordian

15 and Over Music Scholarship

Congratulations to the winner of the
015    15 and Over Music Scholarship 
Zohra Coday from St. Louis
The competition was held at the St Louis Irish Arts Feis 
on Feb 14, 2015.
Congratulations to all the participants
Caroline Burton     Flute
Zohra Coday     Concertina
Holly Laws     Fiddle
 Olivia Hokjarvi     Piano Accordion
Ashby Laws     Piano Accordion
Margaret Schnabel     Fiddle
Griffin Reed     Concertina

2014 Music Scholarship Championships

Under 15

Won by
Michael Kepler from Pittsburg

Congratulations to all the competitors

Brianna Brown, St. Louis – Concertina
Abbygael Cancian, Cleveland, Fiddle
Emmett Galla , Cleveland, Fiddle
Julia Kilroy, Cleveland , Whistle
Molly Kilroy, Cleveland, Fiddle
Sarah Perry, Columbus, Fiddle
Maggie Ridgeway, Columbus, Whistle
Michael Kepler, Philadelphia, Fiddle

  • 15 and Over was won by Andrea Lee, from the DeDannan School in Vancouver, BC Canada

2013 Music Scholarship Championship

Under 15

Winner: Sarah Perry

Over 15

Winner: Anna Johnson

2012 Music Scholarship Championship

15 and Over was held at the Pittsburgh Winter Feis

Winner:  Justine Bensur

Under 15 was held at the Buckeye State Feis

Winner:  Sarah Perry