Madeline Weber has taken her love of piano and turned it into a full-time passion. With future plans to become a career musician, she is well on her way with the Abner Martin Music Scholarship from the Menno Singers at the University of Waterloo.
The singers have been performing since 1955, singing choral music. The scholarship is named for the group’s founder, Abner Martin.
Weber says she plans to use the $4,000 scholarship towards her tuition at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
She may be living in Montreal now, but she got her start in Woolwich Township. She started tickling the ivories at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, playing the piano for the choirs and congregation.
She can’t remember a time when playing the piano wasn’t a priority.
“Ever since I can remember, music has always been a large part of my life. Whether I am practicing, performing or collaborating with other musicians, I love all aspects of music. This includes all the challenges and beauties that music and piano bring to my life,” she shared.
Weber credits her community, and of course, hours of practice seated at the piano.“I have received great support and congratulations especially from my family and church family at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church,” she said. “They are the ones who I owe a great deal to my development as a pianist. Their encouragement and love has been simply remarkable over the past years since I’ve become avidly involved. I cannot thank them enough.”
Since 1981, the scholarship has been awarded to a full-time music student, in a graduate or undergraduate program, and is affiliated with a congregation in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.
“I felt overjoyed and truly honoured to receive this scholarship. Having been a member and piano accompanist at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church for a long time, it was quite special to be recognized by the Mennonite community,” said Weber.
As for the future? Weber plans to finish her undergraduate degree and from there, keep playing the piano. Next, she wants to complete her master’s degree in music.
“Throughout that time and afterwards, I hope to continue establishing myself as a musician, reaching out to the communities in Montreal and Kitchener-Waterloo area through many different musical involvements, including performances and private teaching. I would love the opportunity to travel and share my musical talent across Canada and with larger prospects, across the world. With whatever opportunities await in the future, I have every intention to put my full heart into all of them.”
For more information about the Menno Singers or the Abner Martin Scholarship, visit www.mennosingers.com.