Summer Workshops Scholarships

    Each year Early Music America offers scholarships to students at all levels of experience to support attendance at early music workshops in the United States and Canada.

    Eligible Applicants

    Applications are open to high school, undergraduate, or graduate students, enrolled full-time in the spring term of application for the scholarship. Students do not have to be members of EMA in order to apply. There are two types of scholarships offered for summer workshops:

    • Level 1 Scholarships: For students seeking to develop skills and gain experience in early music performance, typically as part of a broader musical education.
    • Level 2 Scholarships: For advanced students already experienced in the study and performance of early music, typically aspiring to a professional level of attainment.

    Application Deadline

    April 15, 2014 at 11:59pm EST


    Applications are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges and award announcements will be made by Monday, June 2, 2014.


    • Level 1 Scholarships: EMA will award four (4) Level 1 Scholarships of $1,000 each.
    • Level 2 Scholarships: EMA will award five (5) Level 2 Scholarships of $1,250 each.

    Required Materials (Level 1)

    1. Two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher who can comment on your experience in early music, and one from a principal music teacher who can comment on your work more broadly, both signed and attached as a PDF.
    2. A brief essay in which you describe your musical background, your specific experience with early music, and how the further exploration of early music performance will enhance your development as a musician. Word Limit: 300 Max
    3. A 5-minute unedited audio file, demonstrating your early music performance skill. Please include a list of the work(s) performed.

    Required Materials (Level 2)

    1. A letter of recommendation from a professional early music teacher, signed and attached as a PDF.
    2. A brief essay in which you describe your background in early music performance, your specific goals as an early music performer, and how the scholarship and workshop will help you attain them. Word Limit: 300 Max
    3. A 15-minute audio and/or video file, demonstrating your early music performance skill. The file(s) must be unedited, preferably from a live performance (with applause deleted), and should include 3-5 short selections in which you are the featured performer.  Please include a list of works included in the audition files.


    Thank you for your interest in EMA’s Summer Workshops Scholarships. The application process is now closed.

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