In 1986, sister ISMTA chapters established the Berkley-Pendell Scholarship Fund in honour of the founding members of the original chapter, Helen Berkley of Winfield, IL, and Verona Pendell of West Chicago, IL. Currently the following ISMTA chapters sponsor and participate in the Fund's activities: Naperville, Salt Creek, Waubonsee, and West Suburban.
The purpose of the Berkley-Pendell Scholarship Fund is to encourage and promote the cause of great music, and via its sponsorship of this annual competition, to foster emerging pianistic artistry and youth. The participating chapters jointly sponsor the annual piano competition for students whose teachers are active members of the participating chapters. The winners of each division are awarded cash prizes, and invited to perform at a special concert, and receive additional honors and recognition.
April 23, 2017
The 2017 Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition will be held at the most accessible and beautiful North Central College in Naperville, Illinois: Wentz Fine Arts Center & Koten Chapel
April 29, 2017
Gary United Methodist Church
224 S. Main St.