Healy/Ford Awards

The Healy/Ford Award is given to students who demonstrate financial need and excellence in performance. This event is held in memory of Helen Healy and Helen Parker Ford, both devoted teachers and longtime members of NVMTA who served our community in a myriad of ways. Helen Healy was NVMTA’s president from 1976 to 1979. Helen Parker Ford, an active member of the organization into her nineties, was in particular a proponent of strong sight-reading skills among piano students.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
4509 Hazelnut Ct. Chantilly, VA 20151

February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility by February 15, 2016.

Eve Ginnett



1st place $400

2nd place $300

3rd place $100


Three memorized pieces, each from a different style period. The audition will last a maximum of 15 minutes; if the repertoire exceeds 15 minutes the judges will hear a portion of each piece. Students may play a concerto movement as part of their repertoire but only if they perform it with their own accompanist. Furnish one published score for the judges with all measures numbered. If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Photocopy Release, signed by a parent or teacher must be submitted to the chairman by email or postmarked at least one week prior to the event. Please also submit this form for music purchased or downloaded from the internet. Students using photocopies (or anything resembling a photocopy) either for themselves or the judges without having provided the Copyright Release Form by this deadline may play for comments but will not be eligible to compete.

Open to students of voice or any instrument who are age 9 to 17 on the date of the competition and who qualify for financial need based on documents submitted with application. High school seniors and students who apply for the Judy Leonard or Ruthanne Lodato Financial Assistance Awards are not eligible for the Healy/Ford Award. First place winners may re-apply for the scholarship after waiting one year.

The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.


Teachers must submit  the Teacher Certification Form and Teacher Recommendation letter.  See sample teacher letter.

Student’s family:  Submit Student Information Form and page 1 of the prior year’s IRS Form 1040 to:

NVMTA Scholarship Endowment Fund
c/o Debra Gunnerson, Chair
4509 Hazelnut Court
Chantilly, VA 20151

All documents are strictly confidential. No financial information from the application will be shared with applicants’ teachers or judges. The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.