Award helps give students a boost

Music students invited to apply for the Elizabeth Scott Vocal Choral Bursary

The Elizabeth Scott Vocal Choral Bursary is now in its eighth year and is worth more than $500.

Several of the previous winners are now making their living with a mixture of performance and teaching.

The bursary is open to all students taking post-secondary schooling at a recognized teaching institution. Students may be studying voice, preparing for a solo career, considering a career as a voice teacher, or thinking of specializing in choral work, musical therapy or vocal accompaniment.

The bursary winner is chosen in the spring each year and the actual money is sent directly to the teaching institution late in the year or in the new year.

As one winner remarked, “it was great to get some extra money as the second semester started.”

The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, which must receive documentation from the student confirming their registration at the institution along with a student number.

Application forms are available at the Vernon Community Music School or by contacting Catherine Dawson at 250-545-6494 or another member of the committee, which includes Elizabeth Scott.

Since two letters of reference are required from vocal or other music teachers and the deadline is May 31, time is of the essence.

Previous winners are more than welcome to apply again after a one-year interval but must realize that new applicants will be given first consideration.

The committee looks forward to hearing from talented vocal students and accompanists in the North Okanagan.

The age range to be considered is 17 to 35 years while the course of studies must be at least one semester. Applicants should have lived in the North Okanagan for five years, preferably fairly recently.