Denton Cottier & Daniels Music Scholarship

Program Overview

Denton Cottier & Daniels
The Denton, Cottier & Daniels –
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

In March 2009, the Local 92 American Federation of Musicians, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Taylor Made Jazz featured the inaugural Spotlight Series “Concert From the Heart” at Kleinhan’s Music Hall. The proceeds from this concert benefitted the Food Bank of Western New York, the Buffalo City Mission, and funded a scholarship to support a local high school student in their musical endeavors.

Since then, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has provided support for the Scholarships which are awarded to students in grades 9 through 12 to provide support for musical enndeavors including college, summer music camps, lessons, instruments, sheet music, etc.

In 2012, Denton, Cottier & Daniels generously began to fully underwrite the BMHOF Scholarship. Students attending public and private schools in Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus or Allegany counties) in grades 9-12 and who are studying music, business of music, or any music technical, audio or production aspect are eligible to submit an essay application. Students are recognized and receive their awards at the Annual Induction Gala ceremony for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and are invited to perform at various functions throughout the year.

Past recipients include:
2009 - Ellen Pieroni
2010 - Michael Tumiel and Julie Sonne
2011 - Michael Hawk and Johnathan C. Sales
2012 - Michael Christie, Teagan Faran and Katelyn Fridmann
2013 - Carly Beth Hand and Katelynn Frawley
2014 - Grace Ann Lee and Kaitlyn Fedele
2015 - Jack Nossavage and Zachary Jurewicz
2016 - Jarod Yap and Nate Kalnitz

"One of the most important parts of our mission at Denton Cottier and Daniels is to bring music education and awareness to children and adults. Working with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on this scholarship has afforded us the opportunity to meet young musicians and their families. The fact that we can give them a little boost towards furthering their music education is one of the most rewarding aspects of what we do. We appreciate the opportunity to work with these amazing young performers, their families, and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame."
Michelle E. Trimper
Vice President
Denton Cottier and Daniels

2017 Scholarship Application

Attention All WNY High School Students:

Applications for the 2017 Ninth Annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame “Denton, Cottier and Daniels” Music Scholarship are now available. Applications are being sent to Western New York’s public and private schools. Students can check with their Guidance Office and/or Music teachers to obtain an application. Applications are available for download below.

Students who are attending public or private schools in Western New York in grades 9-12 and who are studying music, business of music, or any music technical, audio or production aspects are eligible.
All applications are due by a deadline of June 30, 2017. They may be submitted electronically to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame via email:

The winners will be notified by August 4, 2017.

During October 2017, scholarship winners will receive their awards at the Annual Induction ceremony for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Other events held throughout the year may also present opportunities for the scholarship winners to demonstrate both talent and community service. This is an excellent way to network with music professionals, receive mentoring, demonstrate talent and potential, and give back to the Western New York community.

Scholarship Awards:
The amount, up to a total of $1,500, will be awarded to one or more applicants, depending on the number and quality received.  
Denton, Cottier and Daniels have graciously supported and sponsored the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Scholarship. The World’s Oldest Steinway and Sons dealer has been providing Western New York with quality pianos and organs since 1827.  

Application Process/Content:
To be considered for eligibility, each application must include the following:
  1. Application Cover Sheet – This includes student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, grade level and school attending, name and contact information for music teacher or instructor.  
  2. Essay – Each candidate should submit an essay which addresses the following areas:
a. The role that music plays/has played in your life.
b. What music genre(s)/musicians have influenced you – how and why?
c. What is your dream and goal for music in your future?  What are your future plans for studying music?
d. How do/will you use your knowledge, talent and skills to give back or enrich your community?  
e. How will this scholarship be used to help you with your music study/career?
3. Optional – One optional letter of recommendation from the student’s music instructor/mentor may also be included.

Click HERE to download the application.