Albert Lea Civic Music announces scholarship programs

Published 1:53 pm Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Albert Lea Civic Music Association announces the upcoming scholarship auditions in May. Several scholarships are available for local young musicians. The summer music camp scholarships are available for junior and senior students who are interested in attending a summer music program. Up to two awards are available in each age bracket. Auditions consist of two contrasting pieces in style and period.

Also available is a college scholarship for a student who has finished the freshmen year of college. Audition requirements include a movement of a concerto and a contrasting piece from any time period. For vocal auditions, one piece must be in a foreign language and one in English. While preference is given to music majors, non-music majors may also audition.

The Helen Wipplinger Organ and Piano Lesson Scholarship is also available. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the late, Helen Wipplinger. Wipplinger was an accomplished musician and music lover who desired to promote and encourage the education and training of future church organists and pianists. Anyone wishing to pursue training to play in church should apply for this scholarship.

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Adult lesson awards are also available. Applicants must prepare one of the required pieces, a piece of their choice, a hymn of their choice and a hymn that is sight-read.

Deadline for applications are due on or before May 2. Auditions will be held on May 20. Scholarship forms have been sent to all area schools and many local piano teachers. Audition forms will also be available at the March 27 Civic Music Concert. For complete requirements and application forms for any of the scholarships, please contact Eileen Nelson Ness at 377-2075 or Sue Jorgensen at 377-1580.