WFMC Specific Awards

Apple for the Teacher WFMC, High Achievement WFMC, Radmer, Senior Club Grants

Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs is honored to have several awards that are ‘named.’  The awards are named to honor a past member and are funded by the family and friends of that member. These awards, or scholarships, are available to members who meet the application criteria. Applications are found under the name of the award in this website. Updates to the 2021 applications have been made, below you will find the current materials. All award applications were due March 15, 2021. (With the exception of the WFMC Senior Awards.)

Donations are gladly accepted for these awards, if you wish to do so. Contact our WFMC Treasurer, Susan Daniels, in order to donate or fund an award of your own!

WFMC Apple for the Teacher and the WFMC High Achievement Award are funded by the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs.

WFMC Apple for the Teacher 2021

*2021 Apple for the Teacher Award Application

Cynthia Welman, State Chair for this award has announced the following Apple for the Teacher Awards for 2021. The WFMC awarded $500 to each of the following well-deserving teachers.

Amie Beeman of County Line Elementary School, Germantown

Carla Gannon of Forest Park Middle School, Franklin

Deborah Losik of St Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Genoa

Lisa Mattson of Frederic Elementary School, Frederic

Jessica May of Roosevelt Elementary School, Janesville

Alex Nettesheim of Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, Waukesha

Kate Tiefel of Emmanuel Lutheran School, New London

Benjamin Warrichaiet of Clarendon Avenue Elementary School, Mukwonago

Alyssa Wilda of Holy Apostles School, New Berlin

     Apple for the Teacher – is a $500 award given to qualified music teachers through an application process where they are nominated by a WFMC Senior Club Member. Funds go to meeting music classroom needs and/or instrument purchases, tuning, or repair of instruments, whether in a public or private school. Transportation to a concert, or concert attendance, sponsoring a guest musical artist etc. 

Lyndee Rynders, Apple for the Teacher Award recipient, 2020 sent a thank you to the WFMC for her award which was used in the Robinwood School, Franklin school district. Ms. Rynders is using a cart to go from class room to class room during COVID in order to teach music. Some of the materials she purchased with her award are: conducting batons, scarves, rainbow streamers, shape drums, sing a phones, and drumsticks. These rhythm instruments have helped students learn to perform and sing during this most unusual year.

WFMC High Achievement Award 2021

Katie Warrichaiet, Chair of this award has announced that Clara E. Fuller is the recipient of this years High Achievement Award.

Clara is a student of Dr. Kayme Henkel of the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association. Clara plays the violin and piano, as well as sharing her vocal talents. She has participated in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, and Children’s Choir of Waukesha. 

Clara has been honored with numerous awards, including high rankings in the WSMA and WFMC violin and piano contests, and a scholarship for a semester of piano lessons at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. In 2019 she was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ in her school’s orchestra. In voice she placed first in the Wisconsin NATS Classical Treble Division in 2020 and Honorable Mention finalist of the WI NATS Music Theater Treble Division in 2020, she was a 2nd place winner in these divisions in 2018 and 2019. She advanced to the final round of Schmidt Vocal Competition (IL) in 2019 and was engaged as a soloist twice with the Bach Chamber Choir (2019, 2020). Clara was also selected by audition to participate in the Florentine Opera’s 2018 YSAI summer program.

Recently, Clara has been named a National Merit Finalist. She is ranked first in her class of 45 students at Heritage Christian Schools. She is an active volunteer with the Salvation Army, The Gathering, and shared her musical gifts at retirement communities, nursing homes, fundraising events for NAMI, Lung Force ALA, school galas, and in community theater. She was involved in a summer internship program in 2018 and 2019 through Old World Wisconsin Historical Society. 

The sincere congratulations of the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs go out to Clara!

*WFMC High Achievement Award Application 2021

The WFMC High Achievement Award of $500 – is a new award in the WFMC that recognizes high school students who have demonstrated accomplishments in music or dance; i.e. advancement in the arts, awards and/or scholarships, placement in audition-only opportunities, special commendations, etc. Eligibility is not based on the students plans to pursue their art in post-secondary education. This award is not need-based. Students may receive the WFMC High Achievement award only once.

(updated 5.2021)

Peggy Radmer Music Scholarship  2021

Bonnie Hillmer, Chair of this scholarship has announced that Addison DeVillers is the 2021 recipient of this award.

Addison is from Green Bay and a piano student of Mary Larson who is a member of the Bay Area Senior Club. Addison states that music “has helped me become more confident, taught me how to persevere through problems, and has improved my leadership skills” and that she “will be forever grateful to music for the impact it has had on my life.”

Addison has been taking piano lessons since fifth grade and Mary has stated she is a gifted and inspired young musician who is dedicated to her piano studies, well prepared, and capable of playing at a very advanced level. Megan Sweeney, Director of Bands at Green Bay Preble High School, also praised Addison for being a dedicated member of the Music Department who brings a positive attitude to her ensembles and activities.

Addison is a member of the schools Symphonic Band, Show Choir, and participates in the school musicals.

Addison plans to use her scholarship towards attending UW-Eau Claire in the fall. She is hopeful that she may continue her love of music by accompanying friends, playing for church, continuing piano lessons and perhaps joining the UW-Eau Claire bands.

Addison exemplifies the type of individual deserving of this scholarship. the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs says congratulations to her and wishes her success in her future endeavors!

(updated 5.2021)


The Peggy Radmer ‘I Love Music’ Scholarship, Bonnie Hillmer, Chair – this award is given to a qualified student through an application process, who will not be pursuing a music degree. But the award is in recognition of volunteer hours given to music program development or outstanding music participation in their school, church,  or other community setting.

WFMC Senior Club Grants 2020-2021

*Senior Club Grant Application

Senior Club Grants, Deadline was 9/1/20, Theresa Wilkinson, Chair – Senior Club Grants are given to WFMC Senior Clubs who qualify  in order to pursue exceptional projects for the advancement of music appreciation in their community. Note that the deadline has been moved to September 1 in order for Senior Clubs to properly prepare for guest artists workshops/lectures, or concert events.

Historic Information on WFMC Specific Awards

WFMC Announces Apple for the Teacher

Recipients 2020

Seven Apple for the Teacher Awards have been given in 2020, Cynthia Welman, State Chair of the award announced. The following teachers have received an award.

Kathy Berg of St Paul Lutheran, Sheboygan

Nancy Bezak of St Joseph School, Milwaukee

Kerry Garcia of Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Jackson

Alison Lee Jewer of Consolidated Elementary School, Janesville

Paige Owen of Notre Dame Elementary School, DePere

Kimerly Nettesheim of Horning Middle School, Waukesha

Lyndee Rynders of Robinwood School, Franklin

Our sincere congratulations are extended to these teachers from the members of the WFMC!     (updated 8/20)

Recipients 2019

Cathy Paquette, chair of the Apple for the Teacher Award is happy to announce the following ten awards for 2019:

Kailey Hilby of Silver Lake Intermediate School in Oconomowoc

Julie M Engman of Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Sheboygan

Benjamin Warrichaiet of Clarendon Avenue Elementary in Mukwonago

Anne Weirich of St. Mary School in Janesville

Amie Beeman of County Line Elementary in Germantown

Kevin Poston of Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee

Jessica May of Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville

Rose Frohna of St. Jerome Parish School in Oconomowoc

Jeanne Marie Stalteri of St. Charles Catholic School in Hartland

Cheryl Miracle of Forest Park Middle School in Franklin

*2020 Apple for the Teacher Award Application

WFMC High Achievement Award

2020 High Achievement Award – (award given to a qualified candidate for the continuation of musical studies.)

Katie Warrichaiet, State Chair for the WFMC High Achievement Award has announced that the winner is Thomas O’Shea.

Thomas is a current student of Julie Mazer of the Madison Federation of Music Clubs and has studied with Julie for the past twelve years. Thomas is a graduating senior from Madison West High School. The high Achievement Award is very competitive and Thomas O’Shea is well deserving of this honor. Congratulations to him and his teacher Julie Mazar.

Thomas has been active in school music solo and ensemble, the WFMC Federation Festivals, a volunteer piano performer at the Gardens Nursing Home, an Eagle Scout, acapella group leader and teaching assistant for the high school choir. In addition, Thomas released an album in the summer of 2019 and a hip hop album in 2020 as he is a composer and producer.

Thomas’s future will be to pursue a degree in music at UW-Oshkosh beginning with the fall semester in 2020 with an emphasis in audio recording and music business. He said that “I intend to use my music degree to become a music producer, manager, sound engineer, and singer. I want to help musicians develop their sound, and push their content to the greatest audience.” 

Our sincere congratulations and best wishes go to Thomas in his musical endeavors from the members of the WFMC.   (updated 8/20)

WFMC Music Scholarship 2019 Awarded

Niyati and piano teacher Olga Fillus

Congratulations to Niyati Hansaria, a piano student of Olga Fillus of the Lake Country Music Club. Niyati has been studying piano, viola, and composition. She is a sophmore at Brookfield Central High School where she has been active in their symphony and chamber orchestras.

She was a WSMA State finalist in 2018 for viola, a WFMC State first place medalist in 2018 in piano, and a Wisconsin Piano Arts Festival finalist in 2017 and 2018 for piano. In April Niyati will be performing as a principal violist at Carnegie Hall in New York City for her school chamber orchestra.

We wish Niyati well as she continues her studies in music and music composition. The $500 Ruth Kreuser Music Scholarship will help her in her efforts to share with others the love and appreciation of music.

Peggy Radmer ‘I Love Music’ Scholarship

The 2020 recipient of this scholarship is Lydia Sladek of DePere, Bonnie Hillmer Chair of the award announced.

Lydia is a piano student of Mary Larson, member of the Wisconsin Independent Senior Club. Lydia states that “being a part of the creation of music is a completely new and inspiring experience” and she wants to “exemplify the joy and the life lessons that come with learning to play music.”

Lydia has been a student of Mary for the past 10 years. Of Lydia, Mary states that she is “a very delightful, well-balanced young lady with a great deal of maturity”…”is very dedicated to her piano students, always very well prepared and capable of playing at a very advanced level.” Lydia also received praise from her Honors Chemistry teacher, Deb Corriveau, at Notre Dame Academy. Deb states that Lydia is a “friendly, hard-working student with excellent ability in the science area and possesses strong, logical problem-solving skills.”

Lydia is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and an officer in the Future Business Leaders of America.

Lydia plans to use her scholarship money towards furthering her education at UW-Madison where she plans to study business. She is also looking forward to continuing her ‘love of music’ as a member of the UW-Madison Marching Band.

Congratulations from the WFMC and best wishes as you continue your studies at UW-Madison!     (updated 8/20)


The WFMC is happy to announce that Isabella Volk of Menomonee Falls is our 2019 Peggy Radmer Music Scholarship recipient, Cathy Paquette, Chair of the award stated.

Isabella has been a violin student of Celestine Fitzgerald, member of the Wisconsin Independent Senior Club, for the past 13 years. Inspired by her older sister’s ‘beautiful melodies’ from her violin, Isabella begged her parents to allow her to learn to play too. Then began her love and dedication to learn to play the best she could! For Isabella, “life without music would be as meaningless as math without numbers.”

Celestine states that she has had the unique opportunity to see Isabella grow from a little girl to an enthusiastic, determined, caring young lady. Isabella exhibits a quiet dedication to learning and excellence, meeting all new musical challenges with energy and an amazing work ethic.

Isabella also received praise from her English teacher, Ms. Alison Leon at Menomonee Falls High School. Alison states that Isabella consistently demonstrates a commitment to education and is dedicated to volunteerism and works hard to make her high school and community a better place to learn and live.

Isabella is a member of her schools National Honor Society, National German Honor Society, and the National Science Honor Society. She plans to use her scholarship money towards furthering her education at UW-Madison where she will study computer engineering with a certificate in German. (Hopefully she will be a member of the orchestra there, she said.) Isabella radiates the type of individual deserving of this scholarship. The WFMC wishes to congratulate her in receiving this award and wishes her all the best in future endeavors.

The WFMC wishes to thank the Radmer Family for their continued support of this award.

In reality, the more donations the WFMC receives the more students we are able to recognize with a monetary award. Please contact our WFMC Treasurer, Susan Daniels, in order to make a donation for our young musicians.

I thank you in advance for your gifts in order to fund current and future awards.     Cathy Paquette, WFMC President

updated 11/2020