The Ferris Burtis Foundation was established in 1987 by the late John Ferris and by Herbert Burtis to assist young classical musicians in their education and careers.

John was for thirty-two years the University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University. Herbert has had a long career as a concert organist and pianist and is internationally known as a teacher of voice. The late, great Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was his student for the last twenty years of her life.

They established their Foundation through the Berkshire-Taconic Foundation of Sheffield, MA, which manages it.

Young students graduating from high school and entering a college or conservatory to study classical music may apply for scholarship help. One must be a resident of the Berkshire-Taconic region to be eligible. Musicians who are beginning professional careers in classical music may apply for grants to help further their progress.

At the moment the Foundation is helping six amazing young musicians in their careers and education:

Yevgeny Kutik, violinist

The first winner of the Ferris-Burtis scholarship is the brilliant young violinist Yevgeny Kutik. He was born in Russia and came to live in Pittsfield, MA at the age of five. The Foundation has helped him with his college education and has also helped him in establishing his career, which already includes a number of high-profile solo orchestral debuts and recitals in important cities internationally. He is represented by Parker Artists in NYC. For booking and general inquiries, please contact:
Yevgeny will make his Alice Tully Hall debut in New York City on December 7, 2011. He will debut at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle on May 23rd . He will also be performing in Rostock, Germany at the same time. For his complete concert schedule see

The Elektra Ensemble

The Elektra Ensemble, Brunilda Myftaraj, violin, Melissa Morgan, ‘cello, and Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano, are also under the aegis of the Foundation. They have performed throughout the United States. The Foundation is helping them expand their already busy career. They are represented by



Julian Müller, ‘cellist,
is the most recent winner of a Ferris Burtis scholarship. He is in his first year at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.



Morwenna Boyd, guitarist
is also a Ferris Burtis Scholarship winner. She is a freshman at the Interlochen School for the Arts in Michigan.


Gabriella Rose Makuc is the most recent winner of a Ferris Burtis Foundation scholarship. She has won top prizes in the Young Artists Piano Competition at Westfield State University, the BMS Merit Scholarship Competition, and the Berkshire Lyric Theatre Young Musicians Scholarship Competition. She has been a soloist at the NCMC Chamber Music Camp and has performed with the Stockbridge Sinfonia. She plans to attend Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She has studied with Jean Stackhouse, Judith Gordon, Betty-Jean Hagen, and Jonathon Bass.

How to apply for Scholarships and Grants

Young classical musicians from the area wishing to apply for aid, either for financial help in college, or to help them enter a professional career, should contact the Berkshire-Taconic Foundation to obtain information about applying for assistance from the Ferris Burtis Music Foundation.

A CD or DVD of a live performance, if possible, or a studio recorded performance, is necessary to begin the process. Then a live audition before Mr. Burtis and other selected judges is required.

What’s happening right now

Yevgeny Kutik, Timothy Bozarth, the Elektra Ensemble, Julian Muller, and Morwenna Boyd will join forces on June 10, 2012 in the Second Gala Benefit Concert for the Ferris-Burtis Music Foundation which will be held at the Sandisfield Arts Center on Hammertown Road in Sandisfield, MA. Mr. Ferris and Mr. Burtis have lived in Sandisfield for many years. Interested people may book seats for this concert by sending checks made out to Ferris-Burtis Foundation, 53 Rood Hill Road, Sandisfield, MA 01255. Reservations are $20.00 each.

Those wishing to make a more substantial gift may choose from one of the following categories. These donors will receive two seats for the concert plus have their names listed in the program in the appropriate category. The amount of the gift over the cost of the seat reservation is tax-deductible.

Friend- $100.00-$299.00
Sponsor- $300.00-$499.00
Benefactor- $500.00-$699.00
Angel- $700.00-$999.00
Founder- $1000.00 or more

For more information you may call the
Berkshire-Taconic Foundation at 413 229 0370 or Mr. Burtis at 413 258 4456
or contact them online:,,

Contributions may be sent to:
Ferris-Burtis Foundation
c/o Berkshire Taconic Foundation
800 North Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257-0400
Applications for assistance should be directed to this address.

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