Honoring Thomas Zajac (1956-2015)

The Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship will provide a biennial scholarship, 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, please use this contribution form and designate the Zajac fund in the appropriate field.


Please contact EMA with any questions. We highly encourage you to submit your application several days prior to the deadline, so we can resolve any issues in a timely matter. We will not be able to accept any applications after the deadline has passed.


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

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