Department of Music Prizes

The Nicholas C. Christofilos, Jr. Memorial Prize in Music
The prize is awarded annually to a graduate student in music who combines qualities of outstanding intellectual accomplishment with concern and support for his or her fellow students.

The Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Composition
A first and second prize is awarded annually to qualified students who submit the best-completed musical compositions.

The Musical Theater Prize
This prize is awarded annually to support an original student-written, produced, and performed piece of musical theater (or opera) to be performed in the Department of Music at the end of each Spring semester.

Eisner Prizes in the Creative Arts
Prizes are awarded annually to undergraduates or graduates for creative achievement in the following fields: English, drama, music, the visual arts, and environmental design. The prizes in music are awarded for outstanding achievement in instrumental or vocal performance or in musical composition.

The Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Scholarship
The Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Scholarship is awarded to persons who have manifested unusual talent in music and who show a bona fide intention to devote their lives to music.  It was the donor’s intention to enable recipients to study either in the United States or elsewhere, and he hoped, through the scholarships, to help “find and develop true genius in the art of music.”
The amount of the stipend and the number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the overall quality of a given year’s applicants and the qualifications and needs of the individual recipient.
Eligibility:  Anyone who has ever been affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, including current and former students, is eligible to apply.

Albert I. Elkus Memorial Prize
The prize is awarded annually to four or five outstanding students in Music 27: Introduction to Music, a lecture course, which enrolls approximately 400 non-music majors each semester.

George Ladd Prix de Paris
The prize is awarded every year to a graduate student in music at the University of California, Berkeley who has attained the highest excellence in his or her studies in harmony and composition. The purpose of the prize is to enable the recipient to study musical composition for one year in Paris, France.

The David and Diana Menn Memorial Prize in the Performing Arts
Two prizes are awarded annually for outstanding creative talent in the performing arts. One recipient is selected from the students enrolled in the Department of Dramatic Art and the other from the Department of Music.

Milton G. Witzel Memorial Prize in Stringed Instrument Performance
The prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Music for continuing creative achievement in performance on a stringed instrument or to a student composer for work for stringed instruments.

The Matthew William Fisher Memorial Award in Music (Departmental Citation)
The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior for all-around excellence and distinction in Music. The prize is publicly acknowledged each spring at commencement. A brief letter is sent to the prize recipient that explains why this award is given in honor of Matthew Fisher.

Mary Nunes Souza Music Awards
Awards are granted on a competitive basis for special projects designed to supplement the student’s musical training.

Bernece B. Lyon Memorial Prize
Awards are granted on a competitive basis for students who propose a worthy project in music performance.

Austin F. Williams Prize in Piano Performance
Awards are granted in recognition of strong achievement in piano performance.

Deadlines/Juries

Name UG/G Notifications Deadline Jury
Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition UG/G Late October Late November University Prizes Office
The Musical Theater Prize UG/G Late October Late November Undergraduate Committee
Hertz Traveling
Fellowship
UG/G Early December Mid-February Hertz Traveling Fellowship Committee
Bernece Lyon Prize UG Early February Mid-March Undergraduate Committee
Souza Prize UG Early February Mid-March Undergraduate Committee
Eisner Prize UG/G Early February Early March Full Faculty (David Milnes – Coordinator)
Outstanding GSI Award G Early February Early March Full Faculty
Christofilos Prize in Music* (Student Nomination) G Early March Early April Full Faculty
Menn Prize (Perform)*
(Faculty Nomination)
UG Early April Mid-April Full Faculty
Departmental Citation*/ Matthew Fisher* UG Early April Mid-April Full Faculty
*Commencement Prize