Award gives helping hand to vocal arts students

When Elizabeth Scott retired from 20 years of teaching private voice lessons and directing, a number of award-winning choirs, a group of choir members and parents of her younger students set up a fund with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan.

With the proceeds from this fund, bursaries have been given to promising vocal arts students for the past three years.

The award is open to any young person, aged 17 to 35, who is considering a career in any way involving the vocal arts. This is a chance for them to gain recognition and some financial help with the 2011-2012 year of studies.

The bursary is open to soloists, choristers, vocal accompanists, music therapists and any other training associated with vocal work. The successful applicant will be engaging in a six-month or more training program at a post-secondary level. The award may be applied to a post secondary program that students are enrolled in up until two years after awarding of the bursary.

The three previous winners, Nathan Letourneau, Heather Harker and Allison Harker, were all involved in undergraduate vocal studies — two in opera and one more in New Music and working with composers and musicians. Many will remember the concert that the Harkers gave last August as a fundraiser for the bursary.This fund is growing slowly and donations to increase it are always welcomed, as it can be hard to keep up with the rising costs of post- secondary education these days.

The closing date for applications is May 15. Applications will be mailed or e-mailed to students after they contact Catherine Dawson at 250-545-6494 or at 8076 Howe Dr., Coldstream, V1B 3C2.

Please tell any young singer, accompanist or music therapist that you know about this opportunity.