Congratulations to Bianca Schramm – Vocalist – Fifth Annual Recipient of the $1,000 NCHS John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship.

Bianca has been training vocally for eight years where she has immersed herself in multiple musical styles: musical theater, jazz and opera. In November, Bianca performed at Carnegie Hall in New York for the International Golden Classical Music Awards and became a first place winner in the solo voice category. She has performed leading roles in Naperville Central High School productions such as Lois Lane – Kiss Me Kate (2018) and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (2017). She also played Paulette in Brightside Theater’s production of Legally Blonde (2016). At Naperville Central High School, Bianca is Chair of Service for the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the Tri-M Music Honors Society and is co-leader of Chorelles female a cappella group. Bianca plans to major in creative writing or communications in college while pursuing vocal performance and musical theater opportunities.
Bianca is honored to win the John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship. “I am grateful to Steering Committee Chair Raeleen Horn, the panel of judges and involved alumni for providing such a magnificent opportunity to Naperville Central music students and for their generous contribution to further support my pursuit of music in college. Many thanks to NCHS Choral Director Kelly Mielcarz, for her musical direction, support and being a role model for her students.” Bianca thanks her parents, Markus and Shanti Schramm, for providing her with the resources, support and unconditional love needed to grow as a musician.

Press Release (PDF)

Welcome to The John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship website!

The scholarship has been established by the alumni of Naperville Central High School’s music program as a result of the 20 years (1965-1985) that John Pearce served as its choral instructor, musical director and Music Department Chairman. Former students benefited greatly from John’s musical gifts, direction and discipline in the arts, and have created this scholarship in memory of a special teacher who instilled a commitment to pursuing excellence in life. A fund, where donations can be made, is under the auspices of the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) –

DonateTo donate online – complete the form and click SUBMIT
To donate by mail – print out the form and mail to:


Naperville Education Foundation – John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship
203 W. Hillside Rd.
Naperville, IL 60540

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding Performing Arts graduating senior from either the Naperville Central High School band, choir or orchestra program. Prospective award recipients will be responsible for completing an extensive application process which will include information about themselves, a 500 word essay and two personal references – letters of recommendation – from individuals who are familiar with the student’s work. Outstanding applicants will be asked to present a live audition which will determine the recipient of the award. The recipient will be announced in May of 2018.

For additional information, please contact Raeleen Horn – Steering Committee Chair – NCHS Class of 1976 –

We hope you enjoy your trip down “memory lane” and will pass this website along to NCHS music department alumni and their families. Donations to this wonderful cause are greatly appreciated.

Steering Committee

Ronald Keller

Honorary Chair - Conductor - Naperville Municipal Band

Raeleen Horn

Steering Committee Chair, Class of 1976

Karen Borg Van Iten

Audition Co-Chair, Class of 1968

Anita Hybl Patterson

Social Media Chair - Class of 1969

Beth Jones

Audition Co-Chair, Class of 1971

Alex Lemont

Website Designer / Administrator

David Stewart

Fundraising Chair, Class of 1974

Advisory Committee

Elvina Pearce

Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer

Class of 1974

Mark Hawbecker

Class of 1972

David Alstadt

Director of Bands – Naperville Central High School

Tim Smith

Class of 1967

Dorothy Kittaka

Former Assistant Choral Director – NCHS