ARIZONA MUSICFEST SCHOLARSHIP
Arizona Musicfest 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients Announcement
A pair of extraordinary student musicians have been selected as recipients of the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship, earning up to $10,000 for their undergraduate studies in music.
Alexander Mayer, oboe (Phoenix), and Claire Thai, harp (Tucson), were chosen from an exciting and talented group of applicants for their artistic excellence, musical and academic achievement, dedication to their craft, and involvement in their communities. A jury comprised of professional musicians, educators, and arts administrators from around the Valley reviewed student applications and performance video submissions, and were unanimous in their selection of Claire and Alexander.
Arizona Musicfest is proud to sponsor both musicians as they begin their college educations. Beginning in the Fall, Ms. Thai will attend Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, while Mr. Mayer will begin his studies at The Juilliard School in New York. Previous awardees of the scholarship program attend prestigious universities and conservatories including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music.
About The Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Program
Since 2011, the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Program has generously awarded over seventy-thousand dollars ($70,000) to Arizona students pursuing college degrees in music.
Arizona Musicfest Scholarship recipients are currently pursuing, or have recently received, degrees from the following distinguished institutions:The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, USC’s Thornton School of Music, Biola University, Arizona State University, The Eastman School of Music, Vanderbilt University, and Curtis Institute of Music.
Each year, Musicfest awards an initial scholarship to a graduating high school senior, as well as three renewing scholarships to past winners currently enrolled and excelling in their collegiate academic and music studies. Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive four years of Musicfest funding to aid in their pursuit of an undergraduate music degree.
As a non-profit performing arts organization, Arizona Musicfest is unique among its industry colleagues in providing this type of on-going financial support to college-level musicians.
To adjudicate the scholarship process, both for new applicants, as well as for renewing candidates, Arizona Musicfest annually assembles a distinguished jury of professional musicians and educators, as well as leaders from the area’s leading youth music programs, to review each candidate’s application, performance videos, academic record and musical accomplishments, professional references and written essays.
Through our patrons’ generous support of the Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Fund, Arizona Musicfest is helping to provide some of the Valley’s most accomplished and deserving young musicians with not only valuable financial aid, but also with a community of enthusiastic “fans” who stand behind these aspiring young musicians and help them to realize their dreams.