SongFest 2020 Scholarship Policy Coming Soon…

2019 Scholarship Policy

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

Therefore to be considered for any scholarship assistance (EXCEPT the Five (5) STERN FULL FELLOWSHIPS) by the Scholarship Committee, you must submit ALL required documents BEFORE with your application. Any award will be include with your acceptance letter.

Please note that deposit deadlines stated in acceptance letters will not be extended if scholarship applications have not been completed. If you apply for a scholarship please follow all the directions outlined above.

1) Personal letter requesting scholarship. Please include any summer study grants available to you from your school or any other grants you have applied for.  Should you receive a grant from any institution of higher learning or non profit organization without disclosing this to SongFest when applying any SongFest scholarship funds will be rescinded.

CANADIAN SINGERS & PIANIST APPLICANTS: The Art Song Grant from Canada generously supports Canadian citizens for assistance to attend an ART SONG SUMMER FESTIVAL. SongFest is on the approved list and many singers and pianists have received financial aid in previous years. Please click to visit: ART SONG FOUNDATION OF CANADA

2) Parent AND Student Tax Return(s) (IRS Form 1040) or International Salary Documentation for 2017 in USD (equivalent to the US 1040 for your country) for the most recent tax year available. We require your parent(s) return even if you are not claimed as a dependent. Without the parent’s return we cannot consider you for need based.

3) A copy of the FAFSA form (Federal application for student aid) if attending college (does not apply to international applicants).

4) If you are enrolled in a School or University and are receiving financial aid of any kind- merit or need- A copy of the award letter from the school..

All documents should be mailed, emailed, or scanned to our secure confidential office.
6369 Euclid Road   
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Scanned or email:

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 merit awards at your audition.

Professional Fellowships

  • The Eva and Marc Stern Fellowship Program – This program has been generously underwritten by the Eva and Marc Stern Foundation. The 5 recipients of this award are chosen five 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.

Professional, Young Artist and Studio Scholarships

  • The Colburn Foundation Fellowships – full tuition ($2,300) awarded to 4 singers.

  • Colburn Fellows – $1,200 partial tuition awarded to 3 outstanding singers in the Young Artist Program

  • Schubert Fellows – $1,000 awarded to 3 outstanding singers in the Studio Artist Program

SongFest Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

SongFest Sorel Fellowship
• Open to 1 Professional applicant female singer
• SongFest covers tuition & room/board
• Singer pays for travel to LA and a $500 non refundable deposit
• Opportunities:

Perform a world-premiere song cycle commissioned by SongFest and Sorel by REENA ESMAIL

SongFest BACH Scholarship
• Open to 1 applicant from any program
• SONGFEST awards $1,200 partial tuition scholarships
• Applicant pays remainder of tuition and room/board, travel to/from LA
• Opportunities:

Performs Solo in Bach Cantata Concert

Partial Merit & Need Based Scholarships
All applicants must complete all necessary information found on the website by the live audition date or no later than February 13, 2019. EARLY APPLICATIONS ENCOURAGED

SongFest Eva & Marc Stern (Merit by audition)
• Open to 4 Professional singers and one pianist
• SongFest covers tuition and housing/meals
• Singer pays for travel to LA and a $500 non-refundable deposit.
• Opportunities:

Fellow concert with SongFest faculty pianist LYDIA BROWN
Featured in Highlighted concerts
Featured (one or more) Guest Master Classes: JAMES CONLON, SUSAN GRAHAM, MALCOLM MARTINEAU
Featured in Master classes of Senior faculty

Colburn Fellows
Open to 3 Young Artist applicant singers
SongFest award ($1,200)
Singer pays for room/board, tuition balance and travel to LA

Noon concert with SongFest faculty pianist LIZA STEPANOVA and featured in highlighted concerts

Schubert Fellows
Open to 3 Studio Artist applicant singers
SongFest award ($1000)
Singer pays for room/board, tuition balance and travel to LA
• Opportunities:

Noon concert with SongFest faculty pianist JAVIER ARREBOLA

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