An Important Message from JPPAS Steering Committee Chair – Raeleen Horn.

Dear Students and Friends of the John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship,

I hope this correspondence finds you well and managing the “new normal” as best you can. Covid-19 certainly raises havoc for education – especially in the field of Performing Arts.

I have had a discussion with our most directly involved JPPAS committee members. Given the uncertainty of school – and what that “actually means” –
we have decided to take a year off from offering the John Pearce Scholarship.
We are very disappointed. However, the reason for our decision and the reality of the situation is obvious. Our hope is to reconvene next year at this time and carry out the scholarship as we know it.

Stay tuned. We WILL be back!

Best wishes,

Raeleen Horn
Steering Committee Chair
NCHS John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship

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