Eastern Music Festival creates scholarship for retiring executive director

Posted on: July 30, 2014

In Monday’s (7/28) News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina), Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane writes, “The Eastern Music Festival will honor retiring Executive Director Stephanie Cordick by creating a scholarship in her name.… Cordick, 67, had announced at the start of the festival that she has been diagnosed with atypical Parkinson’s disease—also known as Parkinsonism—a neurological syndrome, and will retire on Aug. 31. The organization’s board of directors has started the Stephanie Cordick Scholarship to help defray tuition for deserving students, Chairman Fred Starr said…. So far, board members have contributed $12,400, and Starr said he hopes that others outside the board will donate as well. Starr was among those who paid tribute to Cordick at Saturday’s final concert of the season. Cordick said later that she was touched by [Music Director Gerard] Schwarz’s remarks and surprised by the scholarship announcement. ‘We need scholarships,’ she said. ‘If it encourages people to give, that’s great.’ Cordick will work part time through Dec. 31 to help with the transition to a new executive director. The board would like to choose that person by Sept. 30, Starr said.”

Posted July 30, 2014