Mary Hayes North Piano Competition Award

Mary Hayes North, a member of the class of 1927, made a bequest to the School of Music to express her deep appreciation to Ithaca College for the instruction and scholarship she received here. She provided an endowment in her will to establish the Mary Hayes North Award to be given to a senior piano major, who, after a recital competition, has been judged to be the worthiest recipient.

Mary Hayes North was born and raised in Newcomerstown, Ohio; her younger brother became the famous football coach, Woody Hayes, at Ohio State. She studied acting and classical piano at Ithaca and was cast almost immediately upon graduation as George Jessel’s female lead on Broadway because she could act and play the piano at the same time. She later served as house mother, first at Ithaca College in its old location with dorms up and down Buffalo Street and later at Cornell.


2003 Kawai Chan
2004 Joseph Pepper
2005 Topher Ruggiero
2006 Peter Cirka
2007 Kristin Collom
2008 Robert Kaiser
2009 Angela DiIorio
2010 Brendon Shapiro
2011 Scott Gentile
2012 Michael Gaertner
2013 Sean Cotty
2014 Shiori Yamaguchi
2015 Sean Nimmo