Yavapai Symphony Association Music Scholarship Program

Yavapai Symphony Association Music Scholarship Program

The Yavapai Symphony Association Music Scholarship Program was established as an annual project of the Association in 2009. The Association gratefully acknowledges the receipt of generous bequests from the estates of Betty Lee Raymer, Marion Sprang, Dorothy Chafin and Mitzie James. These bequests have been placed into the endowment fund of the Yavapai Symphony Association. The earnings from the endowment fund and additional donations from donors make these scholarships possible. YSA has awarded more than $90,000 in music scholarships since 2009.

Yavapai Symphony Association Music Scholarship Awards shall be limited to residents of Yavapai County. Applicants who are currently attending high school must be graduating high school seniors who plan to be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning as a music major during the Fall Semester of 2017. Music majors must plan to pursue a degree in music performance (including piano performance, instrumental performance, or vocal performance) or music education. Applicants who are currently attending a college or university must provide transcripts that will confirm their registration as a music major and document all academic performance while attending their institution. Students who plan to minor in music are not eligible to receive a scholarship award and should not submit an application.

Scholarships awards shall have a term of one year with the option for recipients to reapply in subsequent years. There may be multiple recipients in any year. The Scholarship Award Recommendation Committee shall determine the amount of any individual award. Scholarship awards shall be based on the committee’s evaluation of the applicant’s application form and supporting documentation, letters of recommendation, music education goals and accomplishments, audition and interview, and financial need.

Scholarship Requirements

Applicant must complete the YSA Scholarship Application Form and attach the following supporting documentation.

– A copy of the applicant’s high school transcript or college transcript if applicant is
currently attending a college, university, or conservatory.
– Two letters of recommendation, preferably from the applicant’s music teacher or
ensemble director.
– A resume of applicant’s participation in high school, college, and community arts
music programs.
– Applicant’s parents/guardian must complete the YSA Scholarship Financial Need Form.
– Award finalist must perform for the Scholarship Committee to document their
performance level. Finalist may schedule their performance during Winter or Spring
breaks but no later than March 25, 2017. Applicants must audition in person in Prescott
if they live in Yavapai County or attend a college or university in the State of Arizona.

Scholarship Audition Repertoire Requirements

Piano

First time applicants should prepare a program approximately fifteen minutes in length, but not exceeding twenty, consisting of two or three works (four, time permitting) drawn from the following periods:
-Baroque – a Prelude or Fugue by Bach, or similar
-Classical – a movement of a Sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven
-Romantic – a work from this 19th century period
-Contemporary – a work from the 20th or 21st century

Memorization is required, and playing should demonstrate an understanding of the technical and musical demands that apply to these contrasting styles.

REPEAT APPLICANTS, those currently enrolled in college/university programs should present works of similar length that reflect their current repertoire.

Strings

First time applicants should prepare a program approximately fifteen minutes in length, but not exceeding twenty, consisting of two or three contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument which demonstrate tone quality, vibrato, expression and technical proficiency. Repertoire should include a movement from a concerto or a comparable work. An accompanist is not required but you may provide one, if needed.

REPEAT APPLICANTS, those currently enrolled in college/university programs should present
works of similar length that reflect their current repertoire.

Winds

First time applicants should prepare a program approximately fifteen minutes in length, but not
exceeding twenty, consisting of two or three contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument which demonstrate tone quality, expression, technical ability and proficiency with articulation. Repertoire could include one technical etude or study of your choice, one movement from any sonata, and one 20th century work of your choice. An accompanist is not required but you may provide one, if needed.

REPEAT APPLICANTS, those currently enrolled in college/university programs should present works of similar length that reflect their current repertoire.

Brass

First time applicants should prepare a program approximately fifteen minutes in length, but not exceeding twenty, consisting of two or three contrasting pieces or movements from the standard repertoire for your instrument. The repertoire could include one lyrical solo or etude written for your instrument which demonstrate tone quality, phrasing, and musicianship, and one fast piece or etude demonstrating technical ability. If you have a background in jazz you may include a jazz etude and/or some improvisation. An accompanist is not required but you may provide one, if needed.

REPEAT APPLICANTS, those currently enrolled in college/university programs should present works of similar length that reflect their current repertoire.

Voice

First time applicants should prepare a program approximately fifteen minutes in length, but not exceeding twenty, consisting of two or three works (four, time permitting). Vocalist should prepare two classical songs in varying styles or tempi. One piece should be in a foreign language. You may choose one musical theater piece but no pop songs are permitted. All selections should be memorized and you should provide an accompanist. Choose repertoire that you sing well and shows your voice to its best advantage. Selections should demonstrate the full range of the voice, expressive potential, and good diction.

REPEAT APPLICANTS, those currently enrolled in college/university programs should present work of similar length that reflect their current repertoire.

Scholarship Timetable and Deadlines

Applications for 2016-2017 Music Scholarship Awards may be submitted any time after September 1, 2016 but no later than February 1, 2017. Applications received after February 1, 2017 deadline will be rejected.

Applications received by December 1, 2016 will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Well qualified applicants (Award Finalists) who have submitted their applications by December 1, 2016 will have the option of scheduling their auditions and interviews during the Winter or Spring breaks. Auditions during the Winter break will be scheduled from December 16, 2016 through January 14, 2017, in Prescott.

Applications received after December 1, 2016 but no later than the deadline of February 1, 2017
will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Well qualified applicants (Award Finalists) who submitted applications after December 1, 2016 may schedule their auditions and interviews during Spring break. Auditions during the Spring break will be scheduled from March 10 through March 25, 2017. Applicants who are attending high school or a college or university in Arizona must audition in Prescott.

If an applicant is attending a college or university that is not located in Arizona, the applicant may petition the Committee to accept a DVD or video recording in lieu of scheduling their audition in person in Prescott. Any applicant unable to audition for the Committee in person must provide the DVD or video recording no later than March 15, 2017, and the applicant must be interviewed by telephone conference call no later than March 25, 2017.

The Scholarship Committee will conclude the evaluation and selection process and request the Yavapai Symphony Association to approve funding for the 2016-2017 Scholarship Award Program. All decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final, not subject to appeal, and will remain confidential. All documents submitted by each applicant will be kept confidential and are property of the Yavapai Symphony Association. The Scholarship award winners will be announced at the last concert of the season on May 25, 2017. Scholarship award winners will be invited to attend the May 25, 2017 concert in Prescott.

Distribution of Scholarship Award Funds

Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the financial aid office of the recipient’s college or university. All scholarship funds must be used to offset the cost of higher education. The funds must be used for tuition, books, and room and board while enrolled in the recipient’s college or university during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Scholarship funds may not be used for purchase of instruments or other musical equipment.

Scholarship Award Recipients must complete a YSA Music Scholarship Award Acknowledgment Form.  Click Here To Download The PDF Form. No scholarship funds will be disbursed until the recipient completes and returns this form to the Yavapai Symphony Association. It is the responsibility of each scholarship recipient to report gift income, if applicable for tax purposes.

Application Procedures

Application forms may be downloaded from the Yavapai Symphony Association website:
www.yavapaisymphony.org.

The Applicant must complete and/or provide the following documents:
1. A completed YSA Scholarship Application Form. Click Here To Download The PDF Form
2. A YSA Financial Need Form. Click Here To Download The PDF Form
3. A typewritten resume of applicant’s participation in high school, college, and community arts
music programs.
4. A copy of high school transcripts and college transcripts if applicant is currently
attending a college or university (Note: Transcripts may be sent directly by the institution).

Applicant should have two letters of recommendation, preferably from their music teacher, sent directly to the YSA Scholarship Committee. Applications and required documentation should be mailed to the YSA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 2333, Prescott, AZ 86302.