Music students in the Preparatory and Community Engagement Department at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will perform in a benefit recital for the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

CCM Prep students dressed in Halloween costumes for last year's Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital.

CCM Prep students dressed in Halloween costumes for last year’s Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital.

The scholarship fund is in honor of Gino DiMario, a second-grade student in the CCM Preparatory program who tragically and unexpectedly passed away in 2005. He was involved at CCM Preparatory and the Junior Music Experience for several years, and he had already performed in several recitals and competitions.

His memorial scholarship gives other preparatory students the opportunity to experience one of Gino’s favorite things — music.

To apply for the scholarship, students must complete a rigorous application process called the DiMario Scholars Program, which includes community service, three public performances, a concert review, an essay and two evaluations by a CCM Preparatory faculty member. Scholarship winners are chosen by the music advisory cabinet, CCM Preparatory staff and Gino’s parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario, on the basis of teacher evaluations, enthusiasm for and commitment to musical studies and participation in wider experiences, such as community service.

Recipients of the scholarship for the current year are encouraged to perform in the annual scholarship recital. Students are not eligible to receive the scholarship more than once, so they will be raising funds for future recipients through this recital. The performance will feature CCM Preparatory guitarists, oboe players, pianists, violinists and singers.

Including the current recipients, 51 young musicians have received the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship, which amounts to a total of approximately $15,000 over the program’s 11 years.

CCM Prep offers private music lessons and music theory classes to children and adults seeking to receive foundational training in music. The preparatory department also offers lessons and classes in dance and theatre arts.

For additional information on the Gino James DiMario Scholarship Recital, please call CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or visit

CCM Preparatory Musicians
Ayan Mehta, guitar
Oliver Powell-Campbell, guitar
Franziska Sturdevant, guitar
Joe Welage, guitar
Amy Dennison, oboe
Peggy Grant, oboe
Cheryl Johnson, oboe
Isaac Scott, oboe
Christopher Wolfzorn, oboe
Henry Campbell, piano
Gina Fanelli, piano
Caty Leahy, piano
Maggie Leahy, piano
Ellie Mays, piano
Josie Mays, piano
Darcy McMahon, piano
Sebastian Morales, piano
Yousef Mostafa, piano
Jaida Mostafa, piano
Natasha Saputra, piano
Corrinne Smith, piano
Sophia Suwiryo, piano
Charlotte Wagstaff, piano
Shelby Wagstaff, piano
Andrew Zhou, piano
Jason Zhou, piano
Mina Shen, violin
Ishana Galgali, voice
Maggie Schoettker, voice
Ke’Andra Warren, voice

Performance Time

3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30
Reception to follow


Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit
Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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