Scholarships

The Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association has an active scholarship program for students whose teachers are currently members. The program supports both scholarships for high school seniors who wish to study music at the college level and students of all ages desiring a summer music camp experience.

LVMTA's annual Hannah Young Play-A-Thon fundraiser is the only source of funding for these scholarship programs. However, LVMTA welcomes financial support from individuals, local businesses, and corporations. If you would like to make a contribution to LVMTA, please contact Deborah Fleming, Treasurer (contact information at Member Directory).


Frank Chesebro Memorial Scholarship Competition
May 20, 2018
Foy Hall, Moravian College

Free and open to the public

Application Postmark Deadline: April 21, 2018

Statement of Purpose:

The Frank Chesebro Memorial Scholarship for high school seniors is a performance based competition whose primary focus is a live audition. In addition to the live performance, students’ applications, recommendations, essays and interviews will be considered by the judges in the decision making process. 

Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association awards this Scholarship annually to high school seniors who are planning to pursue music as a career and who have studied their major instrument, voice or composition with a LVMTA teacher for a minimum of six months.

Recipients must have received formal acceptance to and have committed to attending an institution of higher learning that is accredited by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF MUSIC or to an institution with similar standards approved by the Frank Chesebro Scholarship Committee.

Awards:

        First Place: $ 2,000.00
        Second Place: $1,500.00
        Third Place: $1,000.00

In the event of ties, the following procedure will ensue:

  • In the event of a tie for first place, both first and second place, awards will be combined and split between/among the first place winners. There will be no second place award in this case and the third place award can be split if considered advisable by the judges.
  • In the event of a tie for second place, both second and third place awards will be combined and split between/ among the second place winners. In this case, no third place award will be given.
  • In the event of a tie for third place, the third place award will be split between/ among the third place winners. Awarding first and/or second place awards will be at the discretion of the judges. The decision of the judges is final. It is the prerogative of the judges to decide if students are qualified to receive an award.

Eligibility:

Scholarships are available to instrumental, vocal and composition students of LVMTA members. Auditioning students must have participated in at least two LVC/PMTA student activities.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form
  • Three letters of recommendation from adults who are well acquainted with the applicant's musical abilities and character. Professional musicians, one of whom must be the sponsoring teacher, must write two of the three letters.
  • Essay: 300 - 500 words (typed). Suggested topics: how has music enriched my life?; description of my lifetime musical goals?
  • Repertoire list: On a separate sheet, list repertoire studied in the last three years. If studying more than one instrument, the secondary instrument repertoire may be included.

Audition Requirements:

VOCAL/PIANO:
Three memorized pieces of contrasting styles to represent three different musical periods. Single movements are acceptable.

INSTRUMENTAL:
Three pieces and an optional fourth as described above. Exception: a minimum of one of the three pieces must be memorized.

COMPOSITION/THEORY:
Three scores of an original composition must be submitted with the application. One of these original compositions must be performed live at the Competition. The other two compositions may be performed live or pre-recorded and presented to the judges at the Competition.

Additional Information:

  • Please provide timings for each piece.
  • The judges will hear a maximum of 20 minutes of students’ programs.
  • An optional fourth selection (memory not required) may be included to demonstrate applicant's abilities in an additional area (composition, other instrument, jazz, improvisation, accompanying).
  • Applicants must provide their own accompanists.
  • The sponsoring teacher may serve as accompanist.
  • The auditions will be open to the public.
  • Following the performance(s), each candidate will be interviewed individually.
  • Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the Competition.

Summer Music Camp Scholarship

Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018

Statement of Purpose:

The Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association awards annual summer music camp scholarship to students of teachers who are currently members. The benefits of summer music camp experiences include a deeper affinity for music, a broader understanding of the art form, and the comraderie of like minded students in an atmosphere of summer fun.

Awards:

LVMTA will provide up to $250.00 of the cost of summer camp on the condition that the music camp has at least 50% of its curriculum dedicated to music education.

The decision of the judges is final.

Eligibility:

Instrumental and vocal students of LVMTA members are eligible for the camp scholarships.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form
  • One letter of recommendation from the sponsoring teacher
  • The applicant must show a strong desire to study music and have participated in events sponsored by LVMTA such as the annual Play-A-Thon.