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Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholars Program

The Gino James DiMario Program offers motivated music students an opportunity to expand their studies through a year-long program that includes special recital performances, community service opportunities, concert attendance requirements, essay writing, faculty evaluations and other educational opportunities. The program culminates in a portfolio that students submit in mid-April. Student portfolios will be reviewed for Gino DiMario tuition scholarships for the 2019-20 school year.

DiMario Program participants must actively engage in music making and enjoyment, and demonstrate their love for and commitment to a wide range of musical experiences. Program participants are expected to represent the school in the community through performances, community service projects, and attending concerts offered by the many cultural organizations and groups in the area. Program participants also have opportunities to participate in workshops and sessions specifically for the program, such as performer etiquette and handling stage fright.

Application Process and Program Timeline

  • October 12, 2019– Application due to Preparatory office
  • October 27, 2019 – DiMario student fundraiser concert (Halloween themed), 2 p.m. Werner Recital Hall
  • April 26, 2020  – Showcase Concert for all Program Participants (required performance), Time and Location TBD
  • May 2, 2020 – Portfolios due
  • May 16, 2020 – Achievement Festival (required performance) and DiMario Scholar award ceremony

Age Categories and Awards

  • Young DiMario (Grades K-4) – one scholarship of $400
  • Middle DiMario (Grades 5-8) – one scholarship of $600
  • Older DiMario (Grades 9-11) – one scholarship of $1,000

For more information and to apply, please download the DiMario Program guidelines/ 2019-2020 Application.


Gino James DiMario

Gino: The Scholarship and the Story

Gino James DiMario, right, began his Suzuki piano studies at CCM at the age of four. Gino loved the piano and participated in many recitals, competitions and other events. Gino passed away on February 19, 2005, shortly after performing in the annual piano competition at CCM Preparatory. In his short life, he touched many. He was an enthusiastic student who loved music and invested enormous effort and continual growth throughout his studies. In his memory, a scholarship fund has been created with the generosity and support of Gino's parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario.

The scholarhip program is intended to reward CCM Preparatory music students who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied. To date approximately $20,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students.

To make a contribution to the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit this link. Please be sure to mention the DiMario Scholarship in the comment portion of your donation. Thank you for your support!

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DiMario Scholarship Recipients

Samuel Brown
Aurora Wibowo
Bolin Yu

Henry Campbell
Anthony Dorsey
Sebastian Morales
Joe Welage

Gina Fanelli
Ishana Galgali
Maggie Leahy
Luke Orth
Oliver Powell
Mina Shen

Sophia Suwiryo
Lilyanne Thoroughman
Faith Min
Madison Thiel
Olivia Puntenney
Diego Godoy

Chisato Fuji
David Godar
Janise Hambrick
Emily Susanto,
Nicholas Wibowo

Katrina Chandra
Eli Davis
Yangxing Ding
Irena Kuan
Joshua Siderits
Juju Stojanovic

Zoe Cheng
Lauren Everett
Luke Lentini
Anna Rayburn
Alex Ying
Nicole Yoon

Tristan Britt
Gabriella Geis
John Nguyen
Abraham Mancino
Louise McKinney
Kathy Qian

Domenic DiFrancesco
Sara Dreibelbis
Jenny Liu
Natasha Saputra
Olivia Fehrenbach

Matthew Adams
Isabella Geis
Stephan Freeman
William Smallwood

Theo Baker

Rishabh Chatterjee
Sam Nash

Benjamin Cail
John Pettengill
Mary DeMatteo
Hannah Fereshtehkhou