The Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship exists to encourage and support local young artists who are interested in studying voice independently with a private music teacher.
Award: The scholarship will be awarded through a juried competition to be usually held in early Spring. The winner may also be offered the opportunity of performing as a guest artist at the Columbia Choral Society’s Spring Concert. The judges will award two scholarships of $500.00 and $250.00. The scholarship will be paid directly to a private local vocal instructor to assist the winner with the vocal instruction, to be completed by December, 31.
Eligibility Requirements: The Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship is available to students who reside in Richland or Lexington Counties and are currently enrolled in high school in grades 10-12 or in an equivalent home-schooled program. Previous study with a voice teacher is not required but any scholarship awarded must be used for this purpose.
Repertoire Requirements: Students need to prepare two (2) contrasting musical selections to be performed, one (1) of which must be in English. Students may bring their own accompanist or one will be provided. The student should provide separate copies of each selection for the accompanist.
Date, Time, Place: Write management [dot] choralsociety [at] gmail [dot] com for details.
Applications: Applications may be submitted by mail or email. Please submit one (1) letter of recommendation, a brief description by the applicant of their goals and aspirations, and a $10.00 audition fee (non-refundable) along with a completed application. Recommendations should be from: a minister of music, choral director, private music teacher or theatrical instructor who is acquainted with the applicant’s singing abilities. The letter of recommendation must include contact information for the person submitting the letter (i.e. e-mail address, phone number, etc.). Mail the $10 check to Columbia Choral Society, PO Box 5563, Columbia, SC 29250-5563.