Initiated and funded by Joan Marsh Sparks, this prize originated as a $500 scholarship specifically to provide assistance for college students to pay for musical needs such as instruments, music, and lessons. Joan's idea was to honor the legacy of her former teacher. As FSGP developed our Collegiate Artist Competition, the scholarship became THE MURRAY PANITZ MEMORIAL FUND.
Contributions have recently come from many of his former students and colleagues. FSGP would like to acknowledge Joan's dedicated efforts in reaching out to the flute community to build this legacy fund. We would like to thank those who continue to honor the memory of Mr. Panitz. Recent contributors include Joan Sparks, Monica Buffington, David Cramer, Amy Fuge (Murray's daughter), Eileen Grycky, Cindy Anne Broz, and Ellen Fisher-Deerberg.
The Murray Panitz Memorial Fund currently underwrites our Collegiate Artist Competition, and we are hoping to build a legacy endowment through further sponsorship. To contribute to this fund, visit the FSGP's donation page. Be sure to select "Murray Panitz Memorial Fund" in the fund drop-down menu.
To learn more about Murray Panitz, please read this tribute that was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer upon his passing.