The Milton J. Rettenberg Scholarship Endowment

This endowment was donated by Mildred Bell (Mrs. Abner A. Bell) of Jeffersonville in 1987, and named in honor of Milton J. Rettenberg, an acclaimed and popular pianist. Mrs. Bell had studied dance and music in New York City, before marrying and moving to Jeffersonville in 1969. Mrs. Bell particularly enjoyed piano music, and donated a grand piano for concerts at Dibden. Milton Rettenberg was a graduate of the law school at Columbia University, and studied music and musical theory concurrently. He was the first pianist other than the composer to give a public performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and performed with the composer in the first radio performance of Concerto in F.               


The Milton J. Rettenberg Scholarship goes to a full-time student majoring in music, with preference for students studying piano as their primary instrument. Recipients are selected by the music faculty on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need.


Recent Recipients

2010, 2011

Jacob Lane, Music — Classical Studies major, Class of 2011, Morristown, VT



  • Mark Crisinger, majoring in music-classical studies, Class of 2011, Weathersfield, VT.


  • Jacob Lane, double majoring in music-classical studies and history, Class of 2011, Morristown, VT.



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  • Luke Swanger, majoring in classical performance, Class of 2008, Omro, Wisconsin.