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Dan Stover Music Contest


Dan Stover and Kay

The Rotary Club of Alhambra, in the year following the death of Dan Stover, established a Music Scholarship Program in his name. The program was proposed, organized, and championed by a new Rotarian, Christine Montan, who was Alhambra’s first woman Rotarian. Ms. Montan recognized and appreciated the contribution that Dan Stover had made as a Rotarian, musician and person. From these beginnings, the Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship program, “graduated” into a District program. A generation of talented, young musicians have participated and had the opportunity, in the name of Dan Stover, to compete against their peers and earn funds to further their musical education with the scholarship awards.


Dan Stover Music Contest Club Registration - 2022-23

Registration Closes January 15, 2023
Payment Due: no later than February 15, 2023

2023 Competition

Dan Stover Music Contest


The Dan Stover Memorial Music Contest consists of three (3) or four (4) levels:

  • Club Competition
  • Group Competition (May not be held – at the Regional Chair’s discretion)
  • Regional Competition
  • District Competition

The Club level entry form and fee are due by January 15, 2023 The Club level contest is to be completed by the end of February 15, 2023.

The Group Level contest if held, is to be completed by March 15, 2023 The Group Level may be skipped at the Chair’s discretion (if a region only has one group. i.e., Victor Valley Group 9/ Antelope Valley Group 10)

The Regional Level contest is to be completed by April 15, 2023 The winners from each group (or club if no group contest is held) must compete at a Regional contest. The winner of the Regional contest will compete at the District Conference.

There are four (5) Regional Competitions:

  • California West
  • California East
  • Antelope Valley
  • Victor Valley
  • Southern Nevada

The Regional contests will be conducted in April, 2023. The exact date of the Regional contest will be determined by the Chair.

The Winners of each Regional contest then compete at the District Conference on May 6, 2023 in Las Vegas.   Winners of the contest may be eligible for Prize Money from $1000 – $5000 depending on the participation from individual clubs.

The more clubs that participate the larger the scholarship award.

Dan Stover Music Contest Rules

Contestant Criteria:

  • Applicant must be in high school (home schooled is OK) and/or live within the boundaries of District 5300.
  • He or she has a reasonable ability to play a musical instrument.
  • Applicant plans on using the scholarship award for future educational expenses.


  • The competition is limited to instrumentalists only.
  • Any musical instrument is allowed.
  • There is a Maximum time limit of 8 minutes for any piece. Failure to finish in 8 minutes will result in deductions.
  • There is no Minimum time limit.
  • Selection of music is left to the instrumentalist and may be any piece of music including your own composition.
  • Accompanist(s) may be used, and if required by the piece, as many as needed may be used. The accompanist(s) may not overshadow the student contestant. Each student will be responsible for their own accompanist for all competitions. This is not the responsibility of the club. (A piano will be provided).

Judging Criteria:

  • Musical Ability:

Is the contestant familiar with the instrument being played and do they appear to have command of this instrument?

  • Musical Sound:

Does the instrument respond to the contestant in a manner that makes it desirable to listen to and make the listener want to hear more?

  • Stage Presence:

Does the contestant have a command of the stage and is there a rapport with the audience.


Craig Statton

Music Contest Deadlines

  • Fall, 2022 – Pick a date in late January or early February for the Club contest/ Contact Schools / Send Registration /
  • January 15 – Last day of Registration for the Contest
  • February 15 – Last Day to Submit winner of local Contest
  • March 15 – Completion of  Group Contest Event
  • April 15 – Completion of Regional Contest Events
  • Saturday, May 6  – District Contest at District Conference in Las Vegas


Musically talented high school students each year participate in a Rotary District 5300 program entitled the Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship, and winners qualify for educational awards that enable them to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or music conservatory upon high school graduation..

The worlds of education and music transected in the life of Dan Stover, a secondary education professional whose musical talents were shared with his family, his community, and certainly with Rotary, at both the local and District levels.

Dan Stover was an educator who always placed the student first, and his obvious respect for his students transformed the lives of countless young people. He shared his love of learning with the young, providing them with a positive role model for structuring their studies and their lives.
And Dan Stover was an accomplished musician, both as a vocalist and an instrumentalist. He was as much at home in the finals of Barber Shop Quartet competition as he was at the keyboard of his famous “Rotary” organ, serenading Club meetings and District Conferences with his unique musical wizardry.

Dan Stover passed away shortly following the 1987 District Conference at which his friend and follow Alhambra Rotarian, Dr. Tim Keen Siu, became District Governor. Dan was noticeably ill at the conference, but he played out his heart for Dr. Tim and others, knowing that the show must go on.


The Rotary Club of Alhambra, in the year following Dan Stover’s death, established a Music Scholarship Program and Competition in Dan’s name. The program was proposed, organized, and championed by new Rotarian Christine Montan who, as Alhambra’s first woman Rotarian, quickly recognized and appreciated the talent and effectiveness of Dan Stover as a Rotarian and as a person.

Under Rotarian Montan’s leadership, the Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship “graduated” into a District program in the following year, and the rest is history. A whole generation of talented, young musicians have had the opportunity, in the name of Dan Stover, to compete against their peers, and earn funds to further their musical education.


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