Performance Scholarship Rules

Who is Eligible. RVHS seniors and Berrien Springs Parent Partnership home school seniors who live in Harbor Country; perform American music; and are registered or accepted in a degree-seeking program at an accredited post-secondary school.

Requirements. (1) Students will perform two pieces of American music (up to 8 minutes total time for the two) in a judged community recital. The performance can be instrumental (any instrument) or vocal; it can be performed solo, self-accompanied, with recorded accompaniment, or with one other accompanist. A piano or keyboard will be available. (2) Each student will prepare a paragraph (max 100 words) for each piece of music explaining its relationship to the American musical tradition, to appear in the program notes.

Scholarship Amount. Up to three scholarships will be awarded based on the judges’ ratings: $1,000 first place; $500 second place; $200 third place. Scholarships are based on the musical performance – there is no GPA requirement, no financial need preference.

Judging. Performances will be judged by a panel who are musically knowledgeable, and who have no connection to the performers (i.e., not a relative or teacher, no economic or close social relationship). Judges will rate performances according to technical mastery, technical difficulty, and artistic expression.

Community Recital. The community recital will take place beginning at 6:00 pm at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks on Tuesday May 6. Students will perform in a random order determined by the School of American Music. The expected sequence is: (1) all students perform their first piece of music; (2) brief intermission; (3) students perform their second piece of music; (4) brief intermission; (5) announcement of results; (6) awarding of scholarship checks.

To Apply. Fill out the application on the next page, enclose the supporting documents, and send BY APRIL 15, 2014 to:

School of American Music
Scholarship Competition
3 North Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128