Scholarships

2015-2016 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 

2016 Scholarship Winners

 

View/Print RMF’s 2015-2016 Scholarship Directory

2015-2016 Scholarship Directory Cover

View/Print the Scholarship Directory Cover Letter for Students,
Parents, and Music Educators. (Includes important details!)


WAYS TO APPLY:

Apply online for an RMF Scholarship (CLICK HERE)

OR

Print out the application(s) below and MAIL, SCAN & EMAIL, or FAX to RMF:
Note: Although the directory refers to application colors (Yellow/Merit, Blue/Summer Camp,
Purple/Private Study or Instrument Upgrade) feel free to print out these applications on white paper.

2016 Merit Application – Download and Print
(Use for all Pre-College (Gr.1-12), College Tuition, & Atonement Bach Merit Auditions.)

2016 Private Music Study / Instrument Upgrade Application – Download and Print
(Need-Sensitive: See directory for details.)

2016 Summer Music Camp Application – Download and Print
(Need-Sensitive: See directory for details.)


Other Links:

Instructor Billing Form

More about RMF’s Scholarship Program…

RMF offers two types of scholarships, “merit” awards based upon auditions each Spring, and “need-sensitive” awards, for which financial need is relevant but not the only factor RMF’s Scholarship Committee considers.

Merit Awards
In 1971, the board of the Reading Music Foundation identified a need in the music community – scholarships for young musicians. Growing from a few offerings to more than 20 merit-based (audition ranked) scholarships, the program today helps Berks County students pay for music lessons, summer music camp and college music study. Since its inception, the program has provided over $500,000 in support to future musicians.

Auditions are held on two dates each year, typically in March or April. The first audition date focuses on pre-college awards for students in elementary through high school. The second audition date is for College Tuition Scholarships, Atonement Bach Scholarship Awards (where instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 10-12 compete against each other) and high school and college voice awards.

AUDITION DATES FOR 2016:
Pre-College Awards: Saturday, March 12, 2016
College Tuition, Voice, and Atonement Bach: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Location: Albright College Center for the Arts

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR 2016:
Pre-College Awards: Friday, January 29, 2016
College Tuition, Voice, and Atonement Bach: Friday, January 29, 2016

Need-Sensitive Awards
Let’s face it: Making music better comes with a price. It may begin with practice and the benefit of a school music program as its foundation, but it takes step-up instruments, private lessons and summer music camp/workshop opportunities to take a young musician to the next level. Frequently families find it difficult to include those extras in their household budgets regardless of how committed they are to seeing their children advance to that next level in musicianship. Lacking the financial means, many talented future musicians simply can’t compete with their peers for important rankings that not only help to define their musicianship but also cash prizes and recognition as well. That’s the case for support of the foundation’s new need sensitive scholarship program – students who need a help hand.

Application Deadline:
Private Study/Instrument Upgrade: Accepted throughout the year – reviewed in February, May, July and October.

Summer Music Camp Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016

There are opportunities to students who may not fall under the traditional scholarship program. Please write specific instances with funds requested to Reading Musical Foundation, PO Box 14835, Reading, PA 19612 for review by the Scholarship Committee. Please note that all requests must be students who reside in Berks County and attend Berks County schools (or homeschooled in Berks County).

A list of our current scholarships:

Elementary through High School Merit Awards (AUDITION-BASED)

  • Katherine N. Quartner – Rita Quartner Herman Scholarship (String/Grades 1-12)
  • Thomas W. & Marion Christman Balkcom Scholarship (Piano/Grades 1-6)
  • The D’Addesi Family Homeschool Scholarship (Piano & Violin/Grades 4-6)
  • Anyardi Family Classical Guitar Scholarship (Guitar/Grades 4-12)
  • Thomas W. & Edna Garrett Balkcom Scholarship (Woodwind or Brass/Grades 5-6)
  • Robert R. Kreitz – Mark A. Hornberger Scholarship (Piano/Grades 5-8)
  • Runyeon Piano Scholarship Fund – Solo Proficiency (Piano/Grades 7-9)
  • Runyeon Piano Scholarship Fund – Accompanist Award (Piano/Grades 7-9)
  • Ann W. Souders Piano Scholarship (Piano/Grades 7-9)
  • Dr. Thomas B. Souders String Scholarship (String/Grades 7-9)
  • American Guild of Organists Fund of RMF (Organ/Grades 7-11)
  • Lee G. & Marian M. Kachel Organ Scholarship (Organ/Grades 7-Adult)
  • Work Family Woodwind Fund (Woodwind/Grades 7-9)
  • Ann L. Cusano & Kim Webster Double Reed Scholarship (Double Reed Instruments/Grades 7-11)
  • Wyomissing Foundation MS Brass Program (Brass/Grades 7-9)
  • Peter J. Brye Cello & Harp Fund (Cello & Harp/Grades 7-11)
  • Willis M. Rapp Fund (Percussion/Grades 7-10)
  • Altenderfer-Voigt Vocal Scholarship (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • David Bilger Woodwind Scholarship (Woodwind/Grades 10-12)
  • Bruce Bengtson Keyboard & Organ Scholarship (Piano or Organ/Grades 10-12)
  • Isabel W. Sondheim Memorial Scholarship (Voice/Grades 10-College)
  • Atonement Bach Scholarship (Instrumentalists or Vocalists/Grades 10-12)

College Tuition Awards (AUDITION-BASED)
All students must enroll as a music major at an accredited college/university/conservatory unless otherwise noted

  • Mildred Mogel Engle Scholarship (Instrumental or Voice)
  • Samuel L. Correnti Scholarship (Woodwind/Brass/Percussion)
  • George Haage Scholarship (Instrumental or Voice/RMTA Students ONLY/student need not be a music major)
  • Lewis “Skip” Norcott III Scholarship (Low Brass)
  • Ruth & Spencer Overholser Orchestral String Scholarship (String)
  • Elaine Bausher Post Scholarship (Instrumental or Voice)
  • Kathryn I. Schiffner Music Scholarship (Piano and Voice)
  • Helen Smith Scholarship (Instrumental or Voice/RMTA Students ONLY)
  • Charlotte B. Wicklein Scholarship (Instrumental or Voice/Female ONLY)

 Summer Camp Scholarships

  • Sally S. Breidegam Miksiewicz Vocal Music Scholarship (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • Peter J. Brye Cello & Harp Fund (Grades 7-11/Cello & Harp)
  • Irvin & Lois E. Cohen Vocal Summer Camp Program (Voice/Grades 7-11)
  • James E. Fegley Orchestral String Scholarship Fund (String/Grades 7-11)
  • Gladys & Carl Jensen Summer Camp Fellowship Program (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 7-11/Reading Students Preferred)
  • Willis M. Rapp Percussion Summer Music Camp Program (Percussion/Grades 7-10)
  • Solomon Frank & Phyllis Ensher Peters Scholarship Fund (Oboe or Harp/Grades 7-11)
  • Work Family Woodwind Fund (Woodwind Musicians/Grades 7-11)
  • Scheidt/Heslop Jazz Fund (Jazz Musicians/Grades K-12)
  • Runyeon Piano Fund (Piano/Grades 7-9)
  • Wyomissing Foundation Brass Program (Brass Musicians/Grades 7-9)
  • Chairman’s Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 1-12)

Private Music Study

  • Chairman’s Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 1-12)
  • RMF Early Piano Scholarship Fund (Piano/Grades 3-5)
  • The D’Addesi Family Homeschool Scholarship (Piano & Violin/Grades 4-6)
  • Anyardi Family Classical Guitar Scholarship (Guitar/Grades 4-12)
  • David L. Kline Family Mountain Folk Scholarship (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo or Mandolin/All Ages)
  • Jim McCauley Memorial Music Study Scholarship Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 7-12/Reading School District students ONLY)
  • Dr. Thomas B. Souders String Scholarship (String/Grades 7-9)
  • Ray & Carole Neag Middle School Vocal Program (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • Sally S. Breidegam Miksiewicz Vocal Music Scholarship (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • Kathleen & Karin Reinsel Early Instrument Scholarship (Ancient Instruments/All Ages)
  • Scheidt/Heslop Jazz Fund (Jazz Musicians/Grades K-12)
  • Todd Schwambach Memorial Study Program (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 7-12/Muhlenberg Students ONLY)
  • Wyomissing Foundation Brass Program (Brass/Grades 7-9)

Instrument Upgrades

  • Chairman’s Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 1-12)
  • David L. Kline Family Mountain Folk Scholarship (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo or Mandolin/All Ages)
  • Kathleen & Karin Reinsel Early Instrument Scholarship (Ancient Instruments/All Ages)
  • Jim McCauley Memorial Music Study Scholarship Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 7-12/Reading School District students ONLY)
  • Solomon Frank & Phyllis Ensher Peters Scholarship Fund (Oboe, Harp, or Strings/Grades 7-11)
  • Wyomissing Foundation Brass Program (Brass/Grades 7-9)