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We caught up with Kristine Reaume, a flutist who won The Manilow Music Scholarship at Eastern Michigan University fifteen years ago!

She recalls, “I was so flabbergasted when I found out I’d won the competition. I remember sitting in the audience and listening to a few other friends who were playing. This clarinetist was playing Mozart and just killing it. She played with such finesse and grace and poise, I thought for sure she had it in the bag! It was an incredible feeling that others could see the hard work and dedication and emotion I was putting in my music. I knew I had something special, something about music clicked with me but it never seemed like something I wanted to seriously pursue. Something about winning that competition pushed me more into that direction.”

Kristine has a penchant, she says, for playing quite loudly, which is not easy to do on the flute. When asked why she won she says, “I think they saw something special in my playing, perhaps they were taken aback by hearing such a loud flutist! I think I have a unique musicality and expression about the way I play, and that came across. I put it all out there!”

Like many other Manilow Music Scholarship winners, Kristine says winning the scholarship was a huge boost in her self confidence as a musician. “I’ve never been one to brag or relish in my accomplishments, always searching for how to improve and play more efficiently. It was an incredible boost in my self-esteem. There are so many musicians in the world, how do you even know if what you’re doing is any good? I remember that year after I’d won, one of the band directors mentioned something to me about how I was the big flute player on campus. I shrugged it off at the time, but I still remember that comment and feeling like I really had something to offer.”

After EMU Kristine applied to grad school at the University of Texas, Austin. It was her “reach school” but she was accepted with scholarship money!

“It was beyond my wildest dreams. I had the best two years of playing in my life while I was there. I have been loving life in Austin ever since. I work primarily as a private lesson teacher. I also freelance and play in a band with my husband. I’ve played with local orchestras, Round Rock Orchestra and the Temple Symphony, played for musicals at the Zach Scott Theater, and basically whenever someone calls! I also play in a flute quartet called the Austin Flute Project, we’ve played at the National Flute Association Convention several years. I’m so happy to be in such a supportive place where I’m able to play in such diverse ways: orchestral, musical theater, rock. I played for Irish dance classes for a time. It’s amazing to be able to flex my chops in all sorts of fun ways!”

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Kristine lives and breathes her passion for music, which she inherited from her first teacher, her mom. “I’ll never forget my mom’s face after my master’s recital.  She had this look of awe and tears in her eyes and said something like, ‘You’ve become a far better musician than I’ll ever be.’ It was so special to have that moment. We still play sometimes together (flute and piano) when we can.”

Kristine and her mother will have to start a trio when she welcomes her first baby to the world in July! Congratulations to you and your husband, and thank you from all of your friends at The Manilow Music Project for bringing the gift of music to a new generation of young musicians.


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We caught up with Tasha Pulvermacher, a violin and viola player from George Washington University, who won the Manilow Music Scholarship in 2013!

Tasha is equally passionate about music and law, and has made impressive achievements in both fields! She initially went to George Washington to major in music after winning a scholarship and ended up double-majoring in music and criminal justice. When She graduated in 2014 she joined the DC Musician’s Union and then went to the George Washington University Law School.

Tasha just passed the Bar and is currently clerking for a judge in Washington DC. On top of all that, she often subs in a local quartet and plays in local orchestras. Her love of music has influenced her legal study, where she focused on musically related classes like copyright, trademark and entertainment law.

Of winning the Manilow Music Scholarship, Tasha says, “I basically lived in the music department and would play every event/opportunity given to me. It was nice to know my professors (who chose her as the recipient) believed in me. It made me more confident going out and auditioning for the Musician’s Union.”

Tasha notes she used to sing Copacabana to her little brother, so if you need a powerhouse who can sing you a Manilow hit, look over your legal contracts and play you some Mendelssohn all before breakfast, Tasha is your woman! Congratulations on passing the Bar, and knock ’em dead on March 8th when you perform with the Avanti Orchestra!


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We caught up with Alexander Bowie, a talented vocalist studying at The University of Toronto to earn his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Alex’s achievements as a talented musician with a strong academic standing and extensive involvement in leadership and extra-curricular programs are so extraordinary the faculty chose him as The Manilow Music Scholarship recipient two years running! Alexander recalls begging his parents at four years old to let him join, “Music for Young Children,” a comprehensive music development program. “My mom had always wanted me to take voice lessons because she used to say the minute my feet hit the ground every morning I’d start singing!”

In his fourth year, Alexander’s studies are focused on art song and opera, but his commitment to excellence extends far beyond music. He was elected to the Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association as a social director, worked as a Residence Don helping support new students with their transition to university, and he’s taken part in numerous charitable operas, recitals, and concerts to raise money for young artists, the elderly and indigenous women. He is applying for his Masters of Music in Opera and in Pedagogy at the University of Toronto and may continue his work of student support by working for the university. “Above all, I want to make a difference by helping others. A lot of musicians go to school to sing or play and that’s it. I came to the University of Toronto wanting to be a good singer, a good student, and an active leader. The Barry Manilow scholarship recognized my successes in all three areas.”

Catch Alexander’s culminating graduating recital on March 24th, 4:30 PM at the University of Toronto! We know you’ll continue to make a huge difference, Alexander! Congratulations to you and thank you to all our friends that make this award possible!



We caught up with Megan Chartier, a brilliant cellist and Eastern Michigan University graduate who won the Manilow Music Scholarship in 2012.

Megan edged out her competitors by performing two movements from Bach’s 2nd Cello Suite, an experience she says was “a huge morale boost in moving forward with my career. That was the first competition I had ever won.”

“I was an insecure musician before I won and afterward, I felt affirmed to be really gutsy in taking musical and life risks. Also, my parents chose to drive out to that competition and then seeing me win was a special moment in them realizing that I could actually be a musician for a living.  I was in undergrad when I won. I ended up getting into one of the Top 3 cello grad schools in the country afterward (University of Michigan) and won several competitions there. After grad school, I moved to Miami to become the principal cellist of the Miami Symphony and played with various other orchestras. I’ve since moved to Austin, TX to prepare for larger orchestral auditions. I recently played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia — I was recently runner up for a position with the Dallas Opera — and you can hear my playing on parts of the soundtrack for Netflix’s Godless.”

We are ecstatic to report Megan’s many successes since winning the Manilow Music Scholarship! From everyone here at The Manilow Music Project, congratulations, Megan, and may your career be filled with even more success. We know it will be!


Public Can Donate a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for Free Tickets to Barry Manilow’s December 8 Holiday Concert at Amway Center

 [Orlando, FL —November 19, 2018] – Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to Jones High School in Orlando. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 (two) free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis) for Manilow’s December 8th Holiday concert at Amway Center in Orlando, FL.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.

­­The designated instrument drop will be the Amway Center administration entrance located on the east side of the arena adjacent to the Orlando Magic Team Store. Instruments may be dropped off Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Jones High School is excited that we have been chosen for The Manilow Music Project,” said Allison Kirby, Principal.  “Jones High School is one of the oldest public high schools in Florida.  Our band and chorus continue to achieve superior marks at performance assessments. While our school is 100% free/reduced lunch status and most of our students cannot afford private lessons, our students sheer determination is what has made Jones High School a premier school for music education.  We need instruments so that the musical tools match the superior talent of our children.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at

Tickets are available online at or, in person at the Amway Center Box Office or by phone at 800.745.3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, and an Oscar nomination.