Jo Bortz Vocal Arts Scholarship

In memory of Jo Bortz, whose lifelong love of music allowed her to enjoy singing with numerous choirs, glee clubs, and chorale groups.


Jo Bortz Vocal Arts Scholarship
c/o Allegan County Community Foundation
112 Locust St.
Allegan, MI 49010

Jo Bortz was born September 26, 1941 as Dianna Jo Bender, the only child of her South Bend, Indiana parents. During her life she was always interested in fine vocal music having sung in her James Whitcomb Riley High School Glee Club in South Bend. She sang in a choral group while at Purdue University and from then on was always a part of excellent singing groups wherever she found herself. She sang alto with the Bach Festival Chorus in Kalamazoo for over ten years until her untimely death, December 10, 2010. The Bach Festival Chorus dedicated the Spring 2011 Mozart C Minor Mass to her memory.

Additionally she was a fantastic mother to three children, the grandmother of three; she became a much beloved step-mother/step grandmother as well. Later in her life she married Jay Bortz and they shared twenty years together. She is singing in Heaven this moment knowing that a scholarship has been established in her memory to assist young Allegan County students in their pursuit of a career in vocal fine arts. Mrs. Bortz lived her last eleven years in Allegan, MI.

Purpose: To provide a four-year renewable scholarship to graduating Allegan County students pursuing an education in the vocal arts.

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