Scholarships

2018 Scholarship Policy


Please know that scholarships are limited. With few exceptions, scholarship decisions are based on a combination of need and merit.

Therefore, to be considered for any scholarship assistance by the Scholarship Committee, you must submit ALL required documents.

Please note that deposit deadlines stated in acceptance letters will not be extended if scholarship applications have not been completed. If you are interested in receiving scholarships, please follow both steps outlined above as soon as possible after submitting your application.

1) Personal letter requesting scholarship. Please include any summer study grants available to you from your school. Should you receive a grant from any institution of higher learning without disclosing this to Songfest, any SongFest scholarship funds will be rescinded.
2) Parent AND Student Tax Return(s) (IRS Form 1040) or International Salary Documentation for 2016, or the most recent tax year available. We require your parent(s)’s return even if you are not claimed as a dependent.
3) A copy of the FAFSA form (Federal application for student aid) if attending college

All documents should be mailed, emailed, or scanned to our secure confidential office.
ADDRESS:
Scanned or email: information.songfest@gmail.com
SONGFEST 2017 6369 Euclid Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236


Worth the Investment and More

[SongFest is] beautifully tiered [with] full-program masterclasses, group-specific masterclasses, and private coachings and lessons. When you’re not at any of those, there are other classes to be at that are held in a variety of media, whether it’s in preparation for a themed concert or just for fun. When you’re not at a class, perhaps you’re at any of the plethora of concerts held here during the month, whether it’s a guest artist recital, a faculty artist recital, a CD release event, an alumni concert, or of course a student concert. When you’re not at any of those, perhaps you’re getting food at the Colburn Café, which is honestly such a great place to eat that it transcends what anyone’s expectations of a school cafeteria are - and it’s all included in the program cost. When you’re not doing any of that, perhaps you’re hanging out in your extremely spacious dorm suite and private single room with views of Walt Disney Concert Hall and the LA Opera building, where not only the students but all of the faculty are housed. When you find some free time, perhaps you and some friends decide to take an uber to Santa Monica beach or West Hollywood, or walk to an LA Opera production or either of the world-class art museums across the street. Sure, all of that sounds pretty great, but it doesn’t even take into account the best thing about the program: the people.

At the price point of this month-long program, which is actually less than a month of out-of-state tuition/room and board at CCM, one would expect a program with the kind of structure and perks listed above to have maybe fifteen really solid teachers and a few guest artists for the 103 singers and 19 pianists studying here. Instead, there are 27 faculty members and 11 guest artists encompassing big names like Thomas Hampson, Peter Sellars, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Libby Larsen. Faculty members come from all of the most respected places - from Juilliard to Eastman to CCM to San Francisco Conservatory to Mannes to New England Conservatory to the University of Michigan and more. All of the students here are honestly baffled that Rosemary got all of these incredible people to be in the same place with each other. SongFest really must be the greatest gathering of vocal educators for the purpose of teaching in the country.
— 2016 Studio Artist Sam Krausz

Named Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of several donors and long-time supporters of SongFest, we are able to provide several merit fellowships and scholarships each year. You will automatically be considered for these awards at your audition.

Professional, Pianist, & Recital Fellowships

  • The Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship Program – This program has been generously underwritten by the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation. The 2-3 recipients of this award are chosen from live auditions held nationwide. The audition panel will look for singers and pianists demonstrating a commitment for communication of the text, a strong radiant presence, and a unique sound. This scholarship covers full tuition, housing and meals.
     
  • Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Fellowship – awarded to an outstanding female singer or pianist in the Professional Program. Full tuition, housing and meals.
  • John Steele Ritter Scholarship –  awarded to two collaborative pianists in the Professional Program. Partial tuition ($1500 each)

Studio & Young Artist Program Merit Scholarships

  • Sanford Sylvan Fellowship – awarded to a singer in the Studio or Young Artist program selected by Sanford Sylvan. Full tuition.
     
  • Colburn Fellowship  – awarded to three outstanding singers in the Studio or Young Artist program.