New Scholarship for Cabaret Artists

On September 26, 2007 in Brookville, N.Y., my family and I unveiled a unique new scholarship at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University that assists music and theater majors who aspire to a career in one of music’s most distinctive genres: cabaret.

The Peter E. Kohler Scholarship in Cabaret Performance honors the memory of the man who introduced me to the music of Marlene Dietrich and in so doing, changed my life. Sadly, he passed away in 1987 and never got to hear me perform her songs. The formal announcement of the scholarship coincided with what would have been his 75th birthday.

The C.W. Post Campus, where I was a student and where I met and married my husband, Robert, hosts the Cabaret at Club T series at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, and is the only college or university in the New York metropolitan area committed to professional cabaret performance.

Our C.W. Post 1983 Tour;
click photo to enlarge and see if you can find me

As far we know, this is the only scholarship in the world dedicated to the cabaret artform.

Each year the scholarship is awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student with talent, interest and affinity for the art and history of musical cabaret performance. To qualify, a student will demonstrate financial need, have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and be enrolled as a student in either the Department of Music or the Department of Theatre at the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The scholarship recipient will produce a full cabaret program as their senior recital or produce an original thesis or composition in the form. The scholarship will award 5% of the total endowment and as the total endowment grows through investment and gifts, awards to recipients will increase.

Our first recipient for the 2009-2010 academic year was Joanna Durante whom we introduced in a concert on December 1, 2011 in NYC.

Contact Jennifer Greisofe at 516-299-2395 to make your donation and help us increase this unique endowment.