Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship
Paul M. Erwin (1966-2014), born and raised in Vermont, was a talented composer, arranger, & musician. Erwin was a prolific composer, premiering over 200 arrangements/original works in his short lifetime. He was a vital part of the New Hampshire seacoast music community and served as conductor of the Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) from 1993-2006. The SWE scholarship program is named in Erwin’s honor and supports young musicians in the ME-NH-MA seacoast region and Rutland County, VT.
Information About the Scholarship:
Description and Guidelines
We start accepting applications on January 15
The scholarship is open to a high school student, residing in the ME-NH-MA seacoast region and Rutland County, VT, to support musical endeavors, such as: music camp, new instrument/equipment, lessons, tuition, etc. The application is due March 26; the award(s) will be announced in April/May, and will be publicly presented at a summer concert in the seacoast region. Awardees will be invited to play in the appropriate section of the ensemble during the concert where scholarship is presented.
Current, entering, or graduating high school students
Must play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument
Must be a resident of one of following counties:
Rockingham County (NH)
Strafford County (NH)
Essex County (MA)
York County (ME)
Rutland County (VT)
Link to online application
Complete an online application, which includes:
A ~300 word statement from student re: intended use of scholarship
A ~300 word statement from student re: why student should be selected
Send one (1) letter of recommendation from music teacher (private or school)
Electronic letters should be emailed to Michele Boulanger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications begin being accepted: January 15
Applications and letters of recommendation due by 11:59pm, March 26
Notification of award will be made in April/May
Publicly awarded at June/July seacoast concert
If you have questions about SWE's scholarship program, please contact Michele Boulanger, email@example.com.
To Donate to the Scholarship program, please follow the link below, or mail checks payable to "Seacoast Wind Ensemble" to:
P.O. Box 633
Exeter, NH 03833
2016 Scholarship Donors:
American Legion Family of Castleton VT
The Winner of the 2020 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Brandon Berube
Brandon Berube has played tenor trombone for 9 years, A resident of Merrimac, MA, he attends Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury, MA. He is very involved in his school’s music program, participating in concert band, chorus, orchestra, musical theater pit band, jazz big band, and jazz combo. He also has been selected for junior and senior district bands, as well as The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corp with DCI (Drum Corp International), which he traveled with for three years. In 2019, they won the DCI open class world championship, with a show in which he had the honor of being a featured trombone soloist. Brandon will being attending the Schulich School of Music at McGill in Montreal Canada this fall, majoring in B.Mus Performance in classical trombone.
The Winner of the 2020 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Emily L'Heureux
Emily L’Heureux is a senior at Kennebunk High School in Kennebunk, Maine. She has been playing the clarinet and bass clarinet for nine years, and will continue to play while pursuing a degree in music education. She is very involved in music at her high school, as the President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Assistant Director of Bands and the Chamber Choir, and the clarinet section leader. She also participates in her school’s jazz band as the bari sax player, plays bass clarinet in the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, plays in the pit orchestra for school productions, and has participated in Districts Band and Choir as well as the All-State Festivals. When Emily isn’t playing, she enjoys composing music, swimming, reading, writing, and going to the beach with her Newfoundland.
The Winner of the 2020 Paul. M. Erwin Scholarship is Jayden Demers
Jadyn Demers, a junior at Spaulding High School, is so thankful to be receiving such a generous scholarship. In hopes to continue performing as a pit orchestra musician, they have developed skills in bassoon, saxophone, and other woodwinds such as the clarinet. With a focus on bassoon over the past few years, they have participated in a number of great experiences such as two years at the New Hampshire All-State Chamber Festival, NH All-State Festival, BYSO, SYMS, and the Strafford Wind Symphony. Their favorite experience so far has been performing on Reed 5 in the pit orchestra for Spaulding’s production of The Music Man. As a member of Spaulding’s Music Department, they have taken part in concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, chorus, select choir, and pit orchestra. When they’re not practicing, you can find them composing, arranging, or outside with a good book!
The Winner of the 2020 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Justin Livingston
Justin Livingston is a senior at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire. He has been playing percussion with a focus on drum set since the fifth grade. At Timberlane he participates in a number of ensembles including the jazz band, concert band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and orchestra. He is also the percussion section leader and president of the band. In addition to playing at school, Justin plays with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. Justin has participated as a top scorer for both Classical All State and Jazz All State, and he received the honor of playing in the All National Honor Ensembles Modern Band last November in Orlando, Florida. Justin attended Berklee’s Aspire 5-Week Summer program in 2019 as well. This fall, Justin will be attending Berklee College of Music where he plans to major in Music Production & Engineering with a minor in Music Business and continue his drum set studies.
Previous recipients of the Paul M. Erwin Scholarship
2015: Sarah Hashem,
2016: Rebecca Hotz
2017: Emma Lunny
2018: Alaina Smith
2019: Allie Ross & Juli Ennis