The Pomona College Department of Music annually offers a number of prizes and awards to students based upon academic and musical excellence.
The Barbara Sanford Allen Prize
– Recipients since 1926 [pdf]
Awarded annually to an outstanding student above first-year rank in the Department of Music. The husband and parents of Barbara Sanford Allen '15 established this award.
The William G. Blanchard Memorial Prize
– Recipients since 1981 [pdf]
An annual prize is awarded to an outstanding student musician, preferably in organ, orchestration, or composition. Established in memory of William G. Blanchard, Professor of Music from 1936 to 1971, by his family and many friends.
The Margery Smith Briggs Prize
– Recipients since 2016 [pdf]
An annual prize awarded to one or more graduating seniors who have been particularly distinctive in their overall contribution to and performance in the Music Department. Professor Briggs taught voice and music theory at Pomona College from 1943 to 1980. Established in 1992 by Susan Blaustein Berlow in honor of Professor Karl Kohn, who designated the prize in 2016 in honor of his longtime colleague.
The Philip Goldberg Memorial Prize
– Recipients since 1976 [pdf]
Awarded annually to a Pomona student, preferably a senior string player, for outstanding instrumental performance. The prize was created in memory of the dedicated violist and teacher whose service on the faculty was cut short by his untimely death.
The Gordon A. Hogan Memorial Prize
– Recipients since 1973 [pdf]
This annual prize is awarded to an organ student, preferably a senior, or to a student of guitar, voice, or composition. Established through the efforts of William G. Blanchard, Professor of Music and College Organist from 1936 to 1971, in memory of Gordon A Hogan '49.
The Bertha Clendenen McCord Memorial Grant
– Recipients since 1981 [pdf]
An annual grant awarded in memory of the pianist and critic to one or more especially promising student musicians, preferably Music Majors, to provide added enrichment by helping support their participation in summer music programs before graduation. Undergraduate students from any of the Claremont Colleges who are active participants in the program offered by the Pomona College Music Department are eligible to apply.
Requires application from student.
The Rudolph Polk Memorial Award
– Undergraduate recipients since 1958 [pdf]
– Graduate recipients since 2003 [pdf]
Established in 1957 by friends and colleagues of Rudolph Polk, this award is given to a student in instrumental music (violin, viola, cello, or piano) on the basis of an audition assessing technical competence, musicianship, and general musical background. Students of any of the Claremont Colleges are eligible to apply for the audition. Two awards are presented annually, one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate. The Claremont University Consortium, through an intercollegiate faculty committee, administers the program.
The William F. Russell Prize
– Recipients since 1993 [pdf]
An annual prize awarded to one or more prospective Music majors who in the early stages of their undergraduate careers show substantial accomplishment and significant promise in their study of music. Professor Russell conducted the Pomona College Choir, Glee Clubs and Band from 1951 to 1982 and from 1953 was also Chair of the Music Department. Established in 1992 by Susan Blaustein Berlow in honor of Professor Karl Kohn, who designated the prize in honor of his longtime colleague.
The Cecil H. Short Memorial Prize
– Recipients since 1964 [pdf]
Established in memory of the piano technician who maintained the Pomona College pianos for 50 years, this fund enables the Department of Music to recognize one of more graduating seniors who have been outstanding in service and performance.