Rudolph Polk
Rudolph Polk

The Pomona College Department of Music annually offers a number of prizes and awards to students based upon academic and musical excellence. Recent winners are listed below. Earlier information is available by emailing Pomona College Archives Office.

The Barbara Sanford Allen Prize
    Awarded annually since 1926 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. Recent winners

The William G. Blanchard Memorial Prize
    This annual prize has been awarded since 1981 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. Recent winners

The Margery Smith Briggs Prize 
    Since 2016, this annual prize has been 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. Recent winners

The Philip Goldberg Memorial Prize
   Awarded annually since 1976 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. Recent winners

The Gordon A. Hogan Memorial Prize
    Since 1973, this annual prize has been 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. Recent winners

The Bertha Clendenen McCord Memorial Grant
    An annual grant, awarded since 1981, 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. Recent winners

The Rudolph Polk Memorial Award
    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 has been awarded since 2003, and one to an undergraduate, has been awarded since 1958. The Claremont University Consortium, through an intercollegiate faculty committee, administers the program. Recent winners

The William F. Russell Prize
    Since 1993 this annual prize has been 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. Recent winners

The Cecil H. Short Memorial Prize
    Established in memory of the piano technician who maintained the Pomona College pianos for 50 years, this fund has enabled the Department of Music to recognize one of more graduating seniors since 1964 who have been outstanding in service and performance. Recent winners


Award Recipients for the Past Five Years

The Barbara Sanford Allen Prize
2017......... Nate Billett
2016......... Evan Iliakis
2015......... Zachary Schwartz & Eron Smith
2014......... Paul Koenig
2013......... Hannah Hudson

William G. Blanchard Memorial Prize
2017......... Alexander Woods
2016......... Alex Chong (PZ), Zachary Schwartz & Eron Smith
2015......... Kevin Burke & Ryan Luo
2014......... William Appleton, Roger Sheu & Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku
2013......... Katherine Bent & William Appleton

The Margery Smith Briggs Prize 
2017......... Abram Sanderson (HMC), Leo Selker & Song (Chris) Yu
2016......... Molly Cole, Evan Hamaguchi & Warren Lee

The Philip Goldberg Memorial Prize
2017......... Evan Iliakis
2016......... Chihiro Tamefusa
2015......... Alex Chong (PZ) & Hannah Wayment-Steele

2014......... Albert Chang
2013......... Audrey Dunne

The Gordon A. Hogan Memorial Prize
2017......... Willie Curtis
2016......... Willie Curtis & Natalya Ponomareva
2015......... Kevin Burke
2014......... William Appleton
2013......... Benjamin De Winkle

The Bertha Clendenen McCord Memorial Grant
2017......... Alexander Woods
2016......... Alexander Woods
2015......... Zachary Schwartz
2014......... Jesse White
2013......... Maurissa Dorn & Paul Koenig

The Rudolph Polk Memorial Undergraduate Award
2016......... Sophia Sun, piano
2015......... Alex Chong, cello (Pitzer)
2014......... Ryan Luo, violin
2013......... Hee Yeon (Sarah) Chung, violin (Scripps)

The Rudolph Polk Memorial Graduate Award
2016 ........ not awarded
2015 ........ not awarded
2014 ........ Adan Alejandro Fernandez, organ (CGU)
2013 ........ not awarded

The William F. Russell Prize
2017......... Rhianna Moore & Jeremy Taylor
2016......... Alexander Woods
2015......... Nathan Billet, Kayla Cummings & Alexander Woods
2014......... Zachary Schwartz & Alex Chong (PZ)
2013......... Kevin Burke & Paul Koenig

The Cecil H. Short Memorial Prize
2017......... Ellie Abrams, Paul Cresanta, Dan Gordon, Maya Martirossyan (HMC), Calvin McMillan, Kim Rodrig, Niko Tutland, Johnny Wang & Olivia Zalesin

2016......... Shaina Brady, Cole Clark, Daniel Gonzalez, Hannah Hatchell, Kaitlin Kimberling (HMC), Danielle Schickele, Ryan Smith, Kyra Sweeney & Dane Zielinski

2015......... Julia Austenfeld, Nicholas Browne, Jennifer Chai, Kevin Guan, Celeste Melamed (HMC), Jasmine Ortlieb (PZ), Laura River, Sydney Rupe, Emma Tebbe, Katie Valentine & Jesse White

2014......... Maurissa Dorn, Josh Edelman (HMC), Ben Graubart, Spencer Johnson, Chad Powell, Amy Ruskin, Nicholas Schorer & Hannah Walhout

2013......... Stella Deng, Even Fields, Anne-Marie Giuca, Quentin Jones, Lisa Lam, Leah Loversky, Daniel Moerner, Julia Neaves, Richard Sayanagi (HMC) & Evelyn Saylor