Ruby Holland Foundation

A Gateway For Future Musicians


After long hours of sifting through submissions, the scholarship committee certainly had a hard time selecting our 2021 winners. A time-consuming venture of reading resumes, essays and reviewing audition video performances. Beautiful and intriguing experience. We were all touched by the level of professionalism, scholarship, humility and honesty of many of our applicants.
Please join us in wishing congratulations to our winning candidates – Isabelle Brutus, classical pianist and Niya Crawford, mezzo soprano. This is our second year running the scholarship program, and this is probably the best submissions we have received. Well done Isabelle and Niya. We wish you all the best!! To everyone else, thanks again for taking part.


Singer: Mezzo Soprano


Classical Pianist

Niya Crawford is a fourth year Mezzo-Soprano vocal performance major at Florida A&M University where she is the Alto section leader in the Florida A&M University Concert Choir. The choir focuses on gospel, classical, jazz, and musical theatre. Her most proud moments include the opportunity to sing the Verdi Requiem with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. Niya was initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Incorporated in the spring of 2018 and served as the Vice President of Rituals in 2019. Outside of her formal education, Niya is a member of the band, The Disciples of Music based in Tallahassee, Florida and performs in several cities throughout the state. In 2019 sang before an audience of over 5,000 in a tribute concert for Earth Wind and Fire, at the Tallahassee community block party “Frenchtown Rising”. Niya is looking forward to graduation spring 2021 and pursuing her career as an independent artist.
Isabelle Brutus has been studying classical piano for 14 years. She was born in Rhode Island, U.S, and moved to Orlando, Florida at the age of 4. At the age of 8, Isabelle began piano studies at the Ruby Holland School of Music. She attended Forest Lake Academy in Orlando, Florida where her passion for music flourished.
She continued her music studies at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, studying piano under Dr. Marina Fabrikant and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music and an Associate of Science in Biomedical Science in December 2020. While in college, she was the assistant to the vocal instructor and choir director, Dr. Ricky Little. Isabelle was the accompanist for two choirs, vocal lessons, and several vocal ensembles, and with her passion for music, Isabelle became a supporting influence in music activities in college where she became president of the Music Club, where she organized events that exposed college students to classical music.
Another of Isabelle’s passion is medicine. She grew up with great admiration of her dad’s career as a physician but also his love and passion for classical music. Isabelle hopes to follow in his footsteps and is currently in the process of applying to medical school. However, her pursuit of a career in medicine, Isabelle looks forward to sharing her love for music by exposing children and young people to the world of classical music.