Blake E. Wiener Scholarship


The family and friends of Blake Wiener have established a scholarship to honor his memory. Blake was an avid supporter of the college and successful music teacher. Being a music educator was Blake’s greatest love. After teaching music for two years in Plain Local Schools in Canton, Ohio, Blake moved to Illinois where he taught in Medinah School District #11. He taught band and general music at the middle school and elementary level, mentoring band students from fifth grade through high school. He was proud of his extracurricular work as a woodwind specialist with the Lake Park High School marching band, especially in 1996 when they won the Bands of America Grand National Championship. 

Blake’s influence went beyond the classroom. He worked with oboe and saxophone students in the mentor program through Bensonville Park District. He also provided guidance and support to young people entering their first years of music education. Blake taught private oboe and English horn lessons and in later years assisted the woodwinds section of the Plainfield High School marching band program

The Blake E. Wiener Scholarship of $250500 recipient is nominated by faculty and staff and given to a third- or fourth-year student on the instrumental track with a primary instrument in the woodwind family. Preference is given to a student who has exhibited leadership through action, a dedication to the craft, and a spirit of humor in all they do. The recipient may be awarded a non-renewable scholarship applied toward tuition and fees. 

Blake Wiener was featured in the 2012 VanderCook Annual Report.


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