Honoring Thomas Zajac (1956-2015)

The Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship will provide a biennial scholarship of $1,500, beginning 2021, to early music performers and scholars who wish to pursue specialized study in ethnic and/or folk traditions, instruments, or styles, for the purpose of exploring cultural cross-fertilizations in the history of early music and bringing that knowledge to bear in historically-grounded scholarship and performance. 

The recipient will be selected by a jury of musicians who knew or worked with the great multi-instrumentalist and educator, Tom Zajac (1956-2015). A biography, as compiled by his family, friends, and colleagues for his obituary, is published below. The Zajac Scholarship was funded by donations from Tom’s many friends and colleagues. A list of donors can be viewed below.

To make donation to the Zajac Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit our Endowed Scholarship Funds and Affiliates donation form and designate the Zajac fund in the appropriate field.

Read more: EMA Scholarship Music Master Zajac

To support the mission of EMA’s Named Biennial Scholarship, please visit our Endowed Scholarship Funds and Affiliates donation page.

The 2021 application period is now closed.

Learn more about how EMA supports study in the field of early music through Biennial Scholarships and Annual Workshop Scholarships.

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