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The Jo-Anne Goyder Scholarship

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The Jo-Anne Goyder Scholarship celebrates Geneviève Schirm-Joyce’s first cello teacher, Jo-Anne Goyder. Jo-Anne played a central role in Geneviève’s life contributing to Geneviève’s becoming a talented cellist, a devoted teacher and an overall wonderful human being.


From early on, Jo-Anne went out of her way to foster Geneviève's development and success as a musician. In Geneviève's early cello years, Jo-Anne made both private lessons and cello rental affordable, making them financially feasible for Geneviève and her family. The goal of the scholarship is twofold: The scholarship recognizes Jo-Anne’s commitment towards her students and Suzuki Education as well as pays forward her generosity to future generations of cellist


The Jo-Anne Goyder scholarship awards a dedicated cellist, currently enrolled in grades 7-12 and who would otherwise be unable to afford private music lessons, with financial support for cello lessons from Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo (STEW). The successful candidate must demonstrate commitment to playing the cello and, if possible, already be enrolled in a school orchestra.

Application to the scholarship must include a letter from the student outlining their merits, a recommendation letter from the school music teacher or equivalent, as well as proof of financial need.

The scholarship will cover the cost of weekly private cello lessons and group lessons every two (2) weeks for one (1) year at STEW. Failure to attend scheduled private and group lessons may lead to the scholarship being revoked.


Contribution to the scholarship can be made at (Attention “The Jo-Anne Goyder Scholarship”)

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