Filene Music Scholarship Information
You can get some idea of how your musical interests might develop at Skidmore, along with all of the information about the Filene competition, in the on-line PDF of the full Filene Scholarship Brochure.
At least four scholarships are awarded for each incoming class, with three of the awards being made solely on the basis of musical excellence, without regard to area of specialization. The fourth scholarship will be awarded to help meet the department's current ensemble needs.
The annual scholarship of $12,000 is awarded to competition winners without consideration of financial need, and it is credited in $6,000 installments to the recipient's account in the fall and spring semesters. Financial aid applicants who demonstrate financial need will receive Skidmore grant aid in addition to their Filene Scholarships. For more information on Skidmore grant assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 518-580-5750.
Scholarship awards are renewed each year if the student continues in good academic standing and receives the recommendation of the Department of Music. Filene Scholars are not required to major in music; they are expected, however, to continue to develop their skills through private instruction in the Music Department each semester and to participate in department ensembles each semester as determined by the department chair.
The competition is open to high school seniors who meet the criteria for admission to Skidmore College and who apply for admission by January 15, 2013. Students are allowed to compete only once. Children and dependents of Skidmore College faculty and staff are not eligible for the competition.
Repertoire for the competition should be chosen from the Western classical tradition. There are no specific repertoire requirements, but performances of jazz and original compositions will not be considered. For singers, performances of musical theater repertoire will not be considered.
Normally, the repertoire is the same for both rounds of the competition; however, with advance approval from the chair of the Music Department, you may change the repertoire you perform in the final round.
Scores may be used in all areas of performance except voice.
Judges may request performance of any portion of the music and may terminate the audition after they have heard a representative amount of material.
For repertoire suggestions contact Michele Koskinen, Admin. Ass't, Department of Music, who will put you in contact with the appropriate performance faculty. 518-580-5320
Preliminary Round - January 15, 2013
Contestants will submit a CD to the Skidmore College Department of Music postmarked by 15 January 2013. Send to:
Finalists selected from the Preliminary Round of auditions must appear in person at Skidmore for the Final Round.
The chair will notify finalists of their eligibility for the Final Round by telephone on March 11, 2013. Finalists must indicate their intention to participate in the competition within a week, in order to compete in the Final Round at Skidmore College on April 6, 2013.
The final round of the competition is on one day only (Apr. 6th). No finalist will be judged on any other day. Only finalists who perform in the hall that day will be judged. This is an "open" competition and we invite all finalists and their families into the hall to hear and to observe. Neither recording nor photography of the competition is allowed .
Following the Final Round of the competition, the judges will select up to four winners. Additionally, judges will select a number of finalists for honorable mention. In the event that a winner does not accept a scholarship, it will be offered it to a student who received an honorable mention rating.
Faculty of Skidmore's Department of Music oversee and participate in the judging of the competition. The judges' decisions are final and we reserve the right to name fewer winners if four do not qualify.
Announcement of the awards is usually made directly following the auditions, otherwise it will be made within one week of the Final Round.
The Department presents the Scholarship winners in a concert at Skidmore in the fall of their freshman year.
For more information about the Filene Scholarship Program or the Music Department, contact:
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