Composition for Soloists

The Department of Music announces its annual Competition for Soloists. The competition will select students to perform as soloists in the College Orchestra’s spring concerts.

The competition is open to all Vassar students (singers and instrumentalists). Students should audition with a movement of a concerto, an aria or a short piece with orchestra.

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The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, November 19th, before 9pm. Auditions will be on Wednesday, December 1st, starting at 7:00 pm.

Interested students must consult with Mr. Navega (ednavega) about the viability of their audition piece before starting to prepare their piece.

For more information, please contact our Orchestra Director, Eduardo Navega at ednavega@vassar.edu

Kate Chittenden Memorial Scholarship for Summer Study

 

For Music Majors

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the Kate Chittenden Memorial Scholarship for assistance in summer study. All music majors, including graduating seniors and students who declare by the end of this semester, are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received support from this source. Students are urged to investigate worthy summer programs for performers and composers, programs of academic study or research at other institutions in this country and abroad, or programs of study that will assist in the development of new skills.

Students interested in applying should submit:

  1. A brief description of the proposed program of study, making clear the purpose for which the scholarship is sought.
  2. A letter of recommendation from his or her major professor or advisor.
  3. A list of expenses (tuition, room and board, travel, scores, etc.).
  4. Performers may be asked to prepare a brief audition. Composers should submit samples of scores and/or recordings of compositions.

 

Lucia V. Torian ’69 Award

 

The Vassar College Department of Music announces the seventh annual Lucia V. Torian ’69 Prize for Music for summer 2021. The award is intended to support one student—a graduating senior or an exceptional undergraduate—by providing the resources to attend a competitive music festival or summer training program in North America or abroad. To be eligible for the award, the student must have been accepted into such a program. The recipient will be a classical musician who, in the judgment of the selection committee, has the potential to achieve a professional level in the near future. In the event no individual qualifies, the award will be postponed.                                                          

To qualify, applicants must be nominated by their teacher and must obtain an additional recommendation from another music professional. They must also have performed a solo recital and/or appeared as a soloist with the Vassar Orchestra. Additional performances, such as on Monday afternoon recitals, are encouraged and may be required at the end of the semester. Additional recordings or videos may be requested by the committee.                                                           

STAGE 1: Applicants should express intent to apply for this award to their teacher. This includes, in writing, a brief description of the program or programs applied to and the opportunities these would make available to the candidate. The teacher should then formally nominate the candidate to the department chair by Monday, April 19, 2021.

STAGE 2: Once acceptance into a program is received, submit all materials listed below to MusicAwards@vassar.edu by 5:00pm on Monday, May 3, 2021:

  • Documentation of acceptance to the program
  • A short one-page cv/resume detailing relevant performance experience
  • An estimated list of expenses required to participate in the program  
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from the applied music teacher (who must be a member of the faculty at Vassar College), and one from another certified music professional who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications for this program

The award will be announced in May.

 

 

The Edson Prize in Music Composition

The Vassar College Department of Music announces the seventh annual Lucia V. Torian ’69 Prize for Music for summer 2021. The award is intended to support one student—a graduating senior or an exceptional undergraduate—by providing the resources to attend a competitive music festival or summer training program in North America or abroad. To be eligible for the award, the student must have been accepted into such a program. The recipient will be a classical musician who, in the judgment of the selection committee, has the potential to achieve a professional level in the near future. In the event no individual qualifies, the award will be postponed.                                                          

To qualify, applicants must be nominated by their teacher and must obtain an additional recommendation from another music professional. They must also have performed a solo recital and/or appeared as a soloist with the Vassar Orchestra. Additional performances, such as on Monday afternoon recitals, are encouraged and may be required at the end of the semester. Additional recordings or videos may be requested by the committee.                                                           

STAGE 1: Applicants should express intent to apply for this award to their teacher. This includes, in writing, a brief description of the program or programs applied to and the opportunities these would make available to the candidate. The teacher should then formally nominate the candidate to the department chair by Monday, April 19, 2021.

STAGE 2: Once acceptance into a program is received, submit all materials listed below to MusicAwards@vassar.edu by 5:00pm on Monday, May 3, 2021:

  • Documentation of acceptance to the program
  • A short one-page cv/resume detailing relevant performance experience
  • An estimated list of expenses required to participate in the program  
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from the applied music teacher (who must be a member of the faculty at Vassar College), and one from another certified music professional who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications for this program

The award will be announced in May.