Buffalo Chamber Music Society

Silverman Scholarships

Silverman Awards 2016
Robert Prokes presenting the 2016 Silverman Scholarship Awards.

In 2002 the Buffalo Chamber Music Society established a scholarship to be given annually to a string student in Erie County who is going on to pursue a career in music. Named in honor of Clare and Oscar Silverman, the scholarship has been expanded to include up to three recipients each year. Winners of the Silverman Scholarship have attended such prestigious music schools as The Juilliard School, the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Many have gone on to pursue careers as professional musicians and some are teaching the next generation of musicians.


Miriam Smith, violin
Emily Xu, violin


Benjamin Mekinulov, cello
Leah Streety, violin


Matthew Cone, violin
Lauryn Koeppel, viola
Rachel Kempf, viola
Max Culp, cello


Frank Wendelin, guitar
Philomena Vennari, viola


Drew Cone, cello
Christophe Koenig, violin


Katelyn Adams, bass
Jonathan Kim, cello
Sarah Troeller, cello


Isaac Gadikian, bass
Grace Ann Lee, cello
Mandela Namaste, violin
Angel Rhodes, violin
Elizabeth Vennari, viola


Teagan Faran, violin
Alexander Cousins, cello


Robert Donowick, viola
Cindy Q. Xue, violin
Jacquelyn Harning, violin
Kimberly Yaeger, violin


David Skrill, cello
Laura Cimenelli, doublebass


Donald Sheets, cello
Joshua Depoint, doublebass


Joseph Isom, cello
Maximillian Shroyer, viola
Elizabeth Benz, violin