Music Department

Rothchild Summer Stipend for Music Study 

Frederic Rothchild (1914-2002) began his association with Reed College in 1953 as the first director of private music instruction. Rothchild became a member of the faculty in 1968 and retired in 1978. The stipend is made possible by Fred Rothchild's generous gift to Reed College.

The Music Department of Reed College sponsors a stipend of up to $1800 for music study during the summers. Applicants submit proposals in the spring for summer projects that culminate early in the following fall semester in a presentation open to the Reed community.

Eligible recipients are students who have been formally enrolled in a music class (including Music 101, 104, 105, 107, 108, and 109) during the current academic year and who will be returning full time for the next academic year.

To find out more about applying for the Rothchild Summer Stipend, please visit the award page on the Center for Life Beyond Reed's website here.

Past Recipients and Projects


Eli Knowles studied composition with Myra Melford and Marty Ehrlich. Presented a recital of his compositions written for a small jazz ensemble.


Kate Ehrenberg studied pipe organ with Greg Homza and performed a recital of organ works by Bach, Brahms, Pachelbel, Schroeder and Vierne.
Nikhil Wadhwa studied Jazz guitar with Dan Balmer
Eli Knowles attended Jazz Institute at Stanford and performed a selection of jazz standards with a small ensemble


Gregor McGee worked with Paul Irvin, early keyboard technician to restore a harpsichord and performed a concert on the instrument.
Emily Palmer studied Chopin etudes with Monica Ohuchi and Jeff Payne to develop a strong basis in piano technic and performed them on a F@4 concert.
Saba Goodarzi took lessons with oud-master Rahim AlHaj and presented a lecture recital on Iraqi and Iranian modes and rhythms
Daniel Woodruff studied jazz piano with Angelo Versace at the University of Arizona, focusing on solo playing and performed a 30 minute set on a F@4 concert.
Ben Baran studied composition with Yuan-Chen Li.



Gregor McGee  attended Oberlin College: Baroque Performance Institute fo study harpsichord.
Daniel Woodruff studied jazz piano with University of Arizona professor Angelo Versace.
Henry DeMarais studied solo violin works written in the 20th century with Michael Jinsoo Lim.
Yiyang Wang attended the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University to study the Taubman approach to piano technique.


Max Boddy attended "Tango for Musicians at Reed College".
Hannah Mackenzie-Margulies attended the Wellborne Jazz Camp for jazz clarinet studies.
Alex Pan studied piano with Fear No Music pianist Jeff Payne.
Chris Orita studied cello with Oregon Symphony cellists Marilyn d'Oliveira and Trevor Fitzpatrick


Reed Elkinton attended Music at Albignac, Paul Roberts' Piano Summer School at La Bastide d'Albignac in southwest France.
Dylan Richards studied composition and digital signal processing/computer music with UCSD composition professor Rand Steiger.
Rosie Sokolov studied extended flute technics (multiphonics, whisper tones, and circular breathing) with John Savage.


Ian Nichols studied piano with Susan Smith.
Andrew Wilhite bass lessons with Orin O'Brien of the New York Philharmonic.


Haley Jacobson studied cello and the music of Spanish composer Gaspar Cassado.


Andrew Warren studied oboe and performed Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
David Wills studied organ with Michael Kleinschmidt.


Kristine Schultze studied 20th-century piano repertoire with Jeff Payne.
Ben Skubi attended operas, Santa Fe and Seattle.


Emidio Cantalupo – study of north Indian music with Nisha Joshi.
Tom Morrison – lessons on Hammond organ with George Mitchell.
William Woodson – bagpipe study and performance at Highland festivals.


Bryson Uhrig-Fox – violin lessons & coaching with Adam LaMott.


Ian Bunker – voice lessons
Chris Cotter studied shape note singing.


Zoë Vrabel, mezzosoprano – voice lessons and study of an Elgar song cycle


Leigh Walton studied music for video games.


Beth Griffing studied tango music for flute.