Juniors Claire Hardek and Kate McGrath part of scholarship competition presented by Matinée Musicale Cincinnati

INDIAN HILL SCHOOLS: Heather Higdon, Director of Communications

INDIAN HILL, OH (May 21, 2021) – Indian Hill High School  juniors Claire Hardek and Kate McGrath each earned scholarships in the Nancy F. Walker Memorial Scholarship Competition for classical instrumental and vocal students presented by Matinée Musicale Cincinnati.

UPDATE – (May 28, 2021) – CORRECTION, Both Indian Hill students’ Claire Hardek and Kate McGrath are juniors, will be seniors in the fall at IHHS, they were previously identifed incorrectly as current seniors in the May 21, 2021 version of this story. This version correctly identifies both young ladies as current juniors at IHHS. 

Hardek was awarded a $4,000 scholarship for her vocal skills, and McGrath was awarded a $1,000 for her talents on the harp.

Indian Hill High School juniors Claire Hardek and Kate McGrath each earned prestigious Nancy F. Walker Memorial Scholarships presented by Matinée Musicale Cincinnati. (Provided)

“I am so thankful to have had the ability to do what I love in a way that brings me a step closer to my future,” said Indian Hill High School junior Claire Hardek. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my wonderful family and help of my private voice teacher, Kimberly Buczek, so I would also like to thank them for everything!”

“I am honored to receive this award, and I am excited to use the funds to continue studying the harp this summer!” said Indian Hill High School junior Kate McGrath.

According to their website, Matinée Musicale Cincinnati is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve and enrich the Greater Cincinnati community through various musical experiences, including the scholarship program. This was the fourth year for the Nancy F. Walker Memorial Scholarship Competition; students representing eight area counties competed virtually and earned a total of $63,000 in scholarships.

“The Matinee Musicale honors showcases the high achievements of Cincinnati area performing artists,” said Indian Hill High School Choirs and Theatre Director Jeff Clark. “We are so proud of Claire’s accomplishments. Her hard work and determination has certainly paid off!”

“Our students continually strive for excellence; it is part of our community culture,” said Indian Hill School District Orchestra Director Trista Emmons. “I am inspired by Kate’s dedication to her craft.”