The Monadnock Folklore Society announces two 2021 first quarter scholarship recipients.

Natalia Blanchard

Natalia Blanchard of Nelson NH. Natalia started her music career in the Nelson Strings program, held at Nelson School. Natalia has loved music from a young age, and was counting down the days until she was old enough to participate in the strings program. She fell in love with the fiddle and has played for four years. Natalia takes voice lessons, loves reading, hiking, biking and camp, and is interested in foraging, plant and animal identification. During the pandemic cooking, baking and gardening have become a hobby. Soccer and gymnastics are non-pandemic activities. She is very excited for the Nelson contra dances to resume and is thrilled to continue learning fiddle and hopes to play at future dances. Natalia will be studying with Becky Tracy of Brattleboro, VT.

Lucca Pozzi

Lucca Pozzi of Windham, VT. Lucca plays ukulele, but his instrument of choice is piano. He has been taking music lessons for seven years studying jazz, classical and his passion, traditional dance music. Besides playing music, Lucca also enjoys composing music, constructing and riding on mountain bike trails. An avid outdoorsman he enjoys hiking, x-country skiing, snowboarding, soccer and basketball. If that isn’t enough, Lucca draws and makes stop-motion videos with Lego for his YouTube channel. He is a junior counselor at Meadows Bee Farm, teaching and supporting younger budding farmers.  Raised bilingually, Lucca is fluent in German. Lucca will be studying piano and hopes to attend the Traditional Youth Camp put on by the Brattleboro Music Center.

The Johnny Trombly Scholarship supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music.

Guidelines: Residents of Cheshire, Sullivan or Hillsborough Counties (NH), the Upper Connecticut River Valley, and Windham County (VT) are welcome to apply. Those from other areas may apply: preference may be given to Monadnock area residents. Preference may also be given to those applicants age 18 and under. A full application can be viewed on

Remaining deadlines are July 1, October 1 and January 1. Quarterly scholarships will be awarded until the annual scholarship fund is exhausted.

The Monadnock Folklore Society is a 501c3 sponsoring concerts, dances, dance teams and scholarships.


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