summer music clinic scholarship program

Today’s students are the great musicians of tomorrow.

The Chorus has a deep commitment to promoting choral music among young singers, a commitment so deep it is stated in our Constitution:

Article III. 4. Sponsor activities to encourage talented local individuals to continue choral training and participation.

Each year the Chorus provides local high school students who have an interest in choral music with full-price scholarships to the Summer Music Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our hope is to encourage these students to continue their interest in music, whether as a career or simply as an avocation.

Since 1991, the chorus has made payments directly to the Summer Music Clinic on behalf of the winners, cumulatively awards exceeding $60,000 to more than 130 students. The scholarships are based on merit. If a talented student is one in financial need, Kohler said the student and choral director should note the application as such.

The winners are among many talented juniors and seniors who gather for a week to improve their performance under the guidance of UW faculty and staff. While their stay on campus is brief, it can make a big difference.

One of the awards each year is named in honor of Julia Landmark Foster, our beloved accompanist of 57 years. The recipient of the Julia Landmark Foster award has demonstrated performing interest in both choral and piano literature.

Students must be nominated by their school’s band, choir, or orchestra director.


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Director Pat Gorman, past scholarship recipients, and Scholarship Chair Barb Kohler.

2019 Scholarship Information

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: March 25

  • Winners notified: April 11

  • Recipients recognized: April 28

  • 2019 Clinic dates: June 23-28

How to apply
Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship should reach out to their choral director, as applications must be submitted by the director. Each participating school can nominate one student for the award.

Application materials consist of paper forms which must be mailed to the chorus’ scholarship chair. Directors at participating schools have the forms. Applications must include a recommendation from the director and a resume and personal statement to be written by the student.

Award criteria
Scholarships are awarded based on merit. The scholarship panel will reviews all applications, considering at factors including the student’s resume and recommendation from their director, and choose three winners to receive the scholarship.

How it works
A panel of volunteers from the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison will review the applications and select the recipients of the award. The recipients, along with their directors, are encouraged to attend our April 28 concert, where both will be recognized.

The Chorus will pay the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic directly for each recipient’s tuition.