This scholarship was created by Bayer Fund and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to facilitate and promote the continuing education for graduates of the Artists-in-Training program. The scholarship is open to all AIT students who have completed their high school diploma and are engaged in applied vocal/music studies in college or privately. This is a competitive scholarship, and it is possible that numerous applicants or none might be selected for an award in a given year. This scholarship also is limited in its financial resources. Eligible candidates may apply once each year. No student may accrue more than $20,000 of total winnings over the span of this program.
Applications are accepted no later than June 4, 2021. Review and adjudication will take place Tuesday, June 22, 2021 starting at 1:00 PM on Zoom. Notification of results will be made by mail no later than July 1, 2021. Awards are sent directly to the institution, or to the private vocal instructor.
Applicants must have participated in the Artists-in-Training program for a minimum of one academic year and must have a high school diploma. Applicants must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater, must be between 17 and 26 years of age and must be actively studying voice. Returning applicants who have accrued $20,000 of scholarship support from the Advanced Study Scholarship are not eligible to audition.
All candidates must audition for Opera Theatre staff. No award will be given without an audition. The audition should consist of 1-2 contrasting pieces performed from memory. Repertoire selections may be made from opera, art song and oratorio. Candidates will be contacted to schedule an audition after submitting applications. Determinations for awards are based on merit, need, and vocal proficiency.
Awards may be used for applied vocal/music studies, expenses incurred in college investigation/preparation activities such as testing fees, registration fees, audition/travel expenses, etc. After such activity is approved by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, disbursement of funds can be made upon receipt of documentation which certifies either actual or anticipated costs. Expenses not allowed include but are not limited to: personal living expenses, leisure travel, personal charge accounts or other personal debts or expenses.
Incomplete applications and/or failure to adhere to the application instructions will result in the disqualification of a candidate’s application. A complete application must include an education transcript. Transcripts of the most recent year completed must be mailed directly from the institution to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Attn: Morgan Fisher, Education and Engagement Coordinator, 210 Hazel Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63119, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists-in-Training is supported by BayerFund
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council.
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