Scholarships

RMF 2014 Scholarship Winners

 

2013-2014 Scholarship Program:
2013-2014 Scholarship Directory
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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 twice a year, typically in the beginning of March and mid-April. The first round of auditions focuses on pre-college awards for students in elementary through high school. The second round of auditions 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 2014:
Pre-College Awards: Sunday, March 2, 2014
College Tuition, Atonement Bach and HS Voice: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Albright College Center for the Arts

Application Deadline for 2014:
Pre-College Awards: Friday, January 31, 2014
College Tuition, Atonement Bach and HS Voice: Friday, March 7, 2014

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 Camp Deadline: Friday, May 2, 2014

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 – High School Merit Awards (AUDITION-BASED)

  • Thomas W. & Marion Christman Balkcom Scholarship (Piano/Grades 1-6)
  • 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)
  • American Guild of Organists Fund of RMF (Organ/Grades 7-11)
  • Bruce Bengtson Keyboard & Organ Scholarship (Piano or Organ/Grades 10-12)
  • Lee G. & Marian M. Kachel Organ Scholarship (Organ/Grades 7-Adult)
  • Thomas W. & Edna Garrett Balkcom Scholarship (Woodwind or Brass/Grades 5-6)
  • Work Family Woodwind Fund (Woodwind/Grades 7-9)
  • Ann L. Cusano & Kim Webster Double Reed Scholarship (Double Reed Instruments/Grades 7-11)
  • David Bilger Woodwind Scholarship (Woodwind/Grades 10-12)
  • Wyomissing Foundation MS Brass Program (Brass/Grades 7-9)
  • Katherine N. Quartner – Rita Quartner Herman Scholarship (String/Grades 1-12)
  • Peter J. Brye Cello & Harp Fund (Cello & Harp/Grades 7-11)
  • Willis M. Rapp Fund (Percussion/Grades 7-10)
  • RMF Middle School Vocal Scholarship (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)
  • Music Educators of Berks County Summer Camp Program (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 7-11/Students must have participated in most recent MEBC festival)
  • 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)
  • Scheidt/Heslop Jazz Fund (Jazz Musicians/Grades K-12)
  • Runyeon Piano Fund (Piano/Grades 7-9)
  • Chairman’s Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 1-12)

Private Music Study

  • Chairman’s Fund (Instrumental or Voice/Grades 1-12)
  • Full Circle Society Acoustic Music Study Program (Acoustic Guitar/Ages 10-25)
  • 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)
  • Ray & Carole Neag Middle School Vocal Program (Voice/Grades 7-9)
  • Solomon Frank & Phyllis Ensher Peters Scholarship Fund (Oboe or Harp/Grades 7-11)
  • 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)
  • Solomon Frank & Phyllis Ensher Peters Scholarship Fund
  • 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 or Harp/Grades 7-11)
  • Scheidt/Heslop Jazz Fund (Jazz Musicians/Grades K-12)
  • Wyomissing Foundation Brass Program

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