Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Scholarship Fund

Eliminating Financial Barriers

Established in 2019, the Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Scholarship Fund works to expand access to WYSO programs and opportunities available to young musicians. Initiated by a $10,000 lead gift from WYSO Life Trustees Dr. Stanley and Mrs. Shirley Inhorn, the fund will help eliminate financial barriers for students and their families.

Over the past five years, WYSO has seen a considerable increase in applications for scholarship assistance. The average adjusted income of applicants during the 2018-19 season was $37,565, an amount not substantially above the poverty line in Wisconsin.

“As WYSO has grown and evolved since its beginning in 1966, we recognize the valuable musical experience that it has provided for students from many communities in south-central Wisconsin. By offering tuition scholarships to those in need, we want to assure that joining WYSO will be available to students of all financial means. We hope that this scholarship initiative will inspire others to contribute to this program.”

During the 2018-19 season, WYSO offered over $50,000 in scholarship support for students enrolling in WYSO, the WYSO Chamber Music Program, and private lessons. For many families, this scholarship support made a huge difference in the opportunities they were able to afford for their children.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous scholarships awarded to our children for the 2018-2019 WYSO season,” a parent of a current WYSO scholarship recipient said. “These scholarships are a true blessing for us during a time of financial challenges, enabling our daughters to participate and enjoy the WYSO experience.”

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About The Inhorns

Stanley and Shirley came to Madison in 1953 – Shirley from Iowa to attend graduate school in biochemistry, and Stan from Columbia Medical School to become an intern at the Wisconsin General Hospital. Shirley is a pianist, and she also played the marimba in the University of Iowa band. Stan is a violinist who played in a string quartet in college and also started one in medical school. Stan courted Shirley by taking her to the Pro Arte Quartet concerts on campus, and soon they married and settled down to raise a family of three children. After he completed his training, Stan stayed on at the UW School of Medicine. One day, a neighbor, who happened to be the orchestra conductor at West High School, mentioned that he was going to audition for the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Stan joined him and subsequently played in the orchestra for several years until his academic responsibilities became too demanding. Their three children all took piano lessons, and in elementary school, each chose to play a string instrument – a violin, a cello, and a viola. Thus, the Inhorn String Quartet was created. Soon the children all joined the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, in which both Shirley and Stan became life trustees. They also became board members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the MSOL for which they received the first John DeMain Award. They have also been supporters of the Pro Arte Quartet and other programs at the Mead Witter School of Music. More recently Stan has been a board member of the Oakwood Chamber Players and the Inhorns established the Dr. Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Strings Scholarship at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. The Inhorns appreciate the vibrant music scene in Madison and are pleased to be able to contribute their time and resources to these organizations.

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