Martha Clinkscale Scholarship

To honor her distinguished service to the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and to the larger world of historic instruments, SEHKS established The Martha Clinkscale Scholarship Fund in May, 2010. With the goal of fostering greater interest in our Society, this fund will partially underwrite the costs of student attendance at a SEHKS conference. Scholarships will be awarded to promising young musicians who demonstrate an interest in early keyboard instruments.

Tribute gifts in memory of Martha may be sent to the Dr. Ardyth Lohuis, SEHKS Treasurer, 9409 Redington Dr., N. Chesterfield, VA 23235-4043. Please note "Clinkscale Fund" in the memo line of your check. Contributions may also be made by credit card AT SEHKS.ORG. Your donations to the fund are tax deductible.

Students: For information on applying for the scholarship for the 2012 Meeting & Festival, write to

Martha Novak Clinkscale (1933-2010)

Martha Clinkscale, American musicologist and researcher in the history of the early piano, held piano performance degrees from the University of Louisville and Yale University, and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Minnesota. Her two-volume study, Makers of the Piano 1700-1820 and Makers of the Piano 1820-1860 (Oxford University Press) comprise nearly a thousand pages of carefully detailed information about extant instruments.

At the time of her death Martha was at work on a related online database, Early Pianos 1720-1860, in collaboration with John Watson, who also created the technical drawings in the second Makers of the Piano volume. Martha served as editor of the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (1993-96) and as Treasurer of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society (2004-08). She taught at the University of California, Riverside and later at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.