College Scholarships

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The RMTA Scholarships are administered by The Reading Musical Foundation.

HAAGE SCHOLARSHIP: Awarded annually to a high school senior who has been accepted into a recognized school of higher learning and will continue PRIVATE MUSIC STUDY while attending college.

SMITH SCHOLARSHIP: Awarded annually to a high school senior who has been accepted into a recognized school of higher learning AS A MUSIC MAJOR.

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be actively studying with an RMTA member in good standing whose membership dues are paid in full for the current year, and has maintained active membership for two consecutive years. (Bylaws Article X, Section 4)

REPERTOIRE: TWO contrasting works, one from the Baroque or classical period, and one from the Romantic period or the 20th or 21st century. Pianists and vocalists will perform  BOTH  selections by memory. Memorization for organists is optional. Instrumentalists must memorize ONE of the selections. Vocalists and instrumentalists must bring their own accompanist. Teachers are not permitted to accompany their own students or to be present at the audition. Five copies of the original score (soloists part) must be furnished for the judges. 

TIME LIMITS: Maximum audition time for each student is 15 minutes. Teachers should make necessary and appropriate cuts.

APPLICATION PROCESS: A letter of recommendation from the RMTA teacher must accompany the application.  Visit the Reading Musical Foundation website for applications and deadlines -- www.readingmusicalfoundation.org.

AWARDS: Amounts are determined annually. All award amounts are sent directly to the college or university in two installments, one for the fall term, one for the spring. It is the student’s responsibility to inform RMF of the name, address and other pertinent information for the college by the advertised deadline or the award will be forfeited.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES: 

General:  

  • Applicants cannot apply for both scholarships. 
  • Scholarships are payable in two installments. 

Smith:  

  • The scholarship award is only payable during Freshman year.
  • The scholarship is forfeited if the student withdraws from the music major program.
  • The student must be studying privately on the instrument for which the scholarship was awarded.

Haage:  

  • The scholarship award is only payable during Freshman year.
  • The scholarship is forfeited if the student withdraws from private study.
  • The student may study privately with an independent teacher or a collegiate teacher. 
  • The student must be studying privately on the instrument for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • If lessons are with an independent teacher, the teacher must submit an invoice to RMF for payment. 
  • If the student is unable to schedule private lessons prior to the advertised deadline, but is able to at a later time during Freshman year, the scholarship will be awarded at that time.  However, if lessons only occur in second semester, only that half of the scholarship is awarded.  The student must promptly notify RMF of any scheduling problems.

Revised. 7/2011

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