CHAIRMAN: DONNA BOLES
AUDITION DATE: SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
TIME: INDIVIDUAL, TBA
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 20, 2021
LOCATION: NEW LIFE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
2021 Scholarship Winner, Zachary Davidson, is a student of Donna Boles. Please enjoy his video performances here:
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RVMTA Scholarship: A Roanoke Valley Music Teachers Association Scholarship will be given in the amount of $1,000.00 to a winner deemed qualified by the judge and the committee. The application for this scholarship can be found on the RVMTA website.
- The applicant shall be a high school senior who plans to major or minor in his or her musical education OR a non-major enrolled in an applied music course or courses in college.
- The applicant’s teacher at the time of application shall be a member in good standing of RVMTA.
- By no later than the deadline the applicant shall submit to the scholarship chairman:
- a completed scholarship application form
- a statement of recommendation from his or her teacher
- a list of musical achievements, awards, activities, etc.
- a description of the applicant’s plan for using the Scholarship while at college
- Applicants shall be prepared to perform a program of three (3) selections. See additional requirements below for each instrument / voice. Applicants may perform individual movements from multi-movement selections (such as sonatas). Selections shall be approved by the Scholarship Committee prior to audition.
- Memorization is required for all piano and vocal selections. Brass, string and woodwind performers are required to perform one selection from memory (with memorization optional on the other two pieces).
- Auditions will be scheduled in 20-minute blocks. There is no penalty if the judges need to stop a performance that is approaching the 20-minute deadline. Judging will not be based on the length of the pieces performed. Quality of performance and demonstration of skill is more important than length.
- Piano, woodwind, string and brass applicants will be asked to perform from memory one (1) scale from this list: E-flat, B-flat, F, C, G, D, A. Pianists should perform two (2) octaves, up and down. Woodwind, string and brass applicants should perform one (1) octave, up and down. The judges will announce to the applicant which scale to perform before or after their three selections. Any tempo is acceptable.
- Applicants shall bring to the audition, for the judge’s use, a copy of each selection to be performed. Measures should be numbered. The use of photocopies will not be permitted unless the selections are permanently out of print, or are an original unpublished composition. Reproduction of single pages, but not the entire score, may be used by the accompanist to facilitate page turns, and the appropriate published score must also be present on the music rack of the accompanist using the reproduced pages.
- Qualified and impartial judges shall audition applicants on the date above.
- Applicants shall audition in person on the date specified. A one (1) minute warm-up will be allowed in the audition room prior to the start of the audition.
- The selection of winners shall be based on the musical ability displayed at the audition. Should there not be a clear-cut winner at that time, activities and achievements on the application will be given consideration. In case of a tie, a scholarship award may be shared equally to both. The Scholarship Chairman will explain to the judges the procedure for collectively choosing the winning applicant.
- The winner(s) will be expected to perform the audition selections in person for the Roanoke Valley Music Teachers Association’s Scholarship Recital program.
Pianists shall be prepared to perform (from memory) a program of three selections from the following classifications, with no more than one from each category:
Vocalists shall be prepared to perform (from memory) a program of three selections with the following requirements:
- One Italian art song or German Lieder, to be sung in the original language
- One Twentieth-Century art song in English by an American, British, or Canadian composer
- One art song of the applicant’s choice
BRASS, STRING AND WOODWIND REQUIREMENTS
Instrumentalists shall be prepared to perform a program of three selections from the following classifications, with no more than one from each category:
Classifications may be represented by published transcriptions and will be considered in the time classification of the original composer.
For brass, string and woodwind applicants, memorization is required for at least one selection of the applicant’s choice. Memorization is optional for the other two selections.
Instrumentalists must provide their own accompanist. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted. Teachers may not accompany their own students.
Submit applications postmarked by the deadline to:
DONNA BOLES, Chairman
Location: New Life Presbyterian Church. Salem, Virginia
2020 RVMTA Scholarship Winner:
Michael Lin, student of Joyce Woods.
2018 RVMTA Scholarship Winner:
Andrew Lin, student of Joyce Woods
2017 RVMTA Scholarship Winner:
Victoria Marie Alexander, student of Deborah Richardson
2015 RVMTA Scholarship Winners:
Benjamin Smith, student of Wysor Gearhart
Josiah Sprankle, student of Jean Williams
Judges were Deanne Vance and Judith Clark
2014 RVMTA Scholarship Winner: Shannon O'Leary, voice student of Peggy Schaaf
2013 RVMTA Scholarship Winner: Jacob Carrick, student of Tanya Graybeal
2013 Mae Stemple Memorial Scholarship Winner: David M. Johnson, former student of Lynne S. Kessler
2012 Mae Stemple Memorial Scholarship Winner: David M. Johnson, former student of Lynne S. Kessler
2012 Judges: Carolyn Victorine and Rebecca Wallenborn with Mae Stemple Winner, David M. Johnson
2011 RVMTA Scholarship Winner: Katherine Leachman
2011 Mae Stemple Memorial Scholarship Winner: David M. Johnson
2011 Judges: Jim Paxton, Carolyn Victorine, Deanne Vance
Past RVMTA and Mae Stemple Scholarship Winners
2010 Mae Stemple Scholarship Winner Kris Sanchack and RVMTA Scholarship Winner David M. Johnson
2009 Mae Stemple Scholarship Winner: Lindsay Burgess, student of Carolyn Victorine
President Lynne Kessler, NCTM, presents Lindsay Burgess with her scholarship check.