APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 (NEW DUE DATE AND PROCESS)
NEW – Due to COVID-19 closings, video audition submissions will now required to be eligible for the Katie Quackenbush Scholarship. The deadline has been moved to Friday, May 8th, 2020 to allow time to record auditions.
Sandlapper Singers invites applications for the 2020-2021 Katie Quackenbush Scholarship. High-school students, currently enrolled in grades 10-11, with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the vocal arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship recipient will be awarded a $500 cash prize for assistance with private vocal studies, as well as the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Sandlapper Singers during the 2020-2021 concert season.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school, grades 10-11, or an equivalent home-school program.
- Applicants should reside and/or attend high school in Richland County or a contiguous county (i.e. Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Sumter or Calhoun).
- Prior private vocal study is not required, but any financial award must be used to that end.
- The scholarship recipient will perform as guest soloist on one of the choir’s 2020-2021 concerts (pending COVID-19 closings).
- The winner will be eligible to rehearse and perform with the Sandlapper Singers throughout the 2020-2021 season (pending COVID-19 closings).
- The $500 cash prize will be held in trust for the scholarship recipient and paid directly to the vocal instructor or school of the student’s choice.
- Download and complete the application form.
- Write a brief statement (250 words or less) outlining your experience and achievements in the vocal arts, as well as your goals and intentions for future study.
- Ask a current choral teacher or vocal instructor to complete and submit a recommendation form. These forms should be sent directly to the email or mailing address below.
- All application materials must be postmarked or delivered via email by Friday, May 8, 2020.
- Applications may be submitted by mail to Sandlapper Singers, P.O. Box 50261, Columbia SC 29250 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Audition – NEW!
- Due to the COVID-19 closings, auditions will no longer occur in person. Applicants are now asked to submit a VIDEO AUDITION. Please send all audition links to email@example.com.
- Finalists should prepare two selections of music contrasting in style and tempo. The repertoire may be accompanied or unaccompanied.
- Auditions should be filmed as if they were “live,” using the highest quality audio and video recording equipment possible. The video should be one take (no editing or stopping mid-recording.)
- Do not submit footage from school or community productions.
- Do not use props, costumes, or special effects.
- Please include your full name in your title of your video.
- If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create an account on the video sharing site of your choice in order to upload a video. We are unable to provide technical support, but you may find it helpful to review YouTube Help Center or Vimeo Help Center for instructions on creating an account, uploading videos, and changing your privacy settings.
- By default, online video submissions are public and generally accessible through search results. You may wish to restrict who can view your audition recording, but you need to make sure we are able to access the video.
- On YouTube, setting your video to Unlisted will allow anyone with the link to view your video. We are unable to access videos set to Private. The equivalent feature in Vimeo is limited to premium (paid) users only.
- Before submitting your video recording, test it out first by previewing the URL in a different browser or sending it a friend or family member. Make sure you are not logged into the video sharing site platform while accessing the link.
Contact Emily Brown, Executive Director, at (803) 220-1952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.