The West Virginia University Community Music Program will hold its scholarship auditions for the 2008-09 academic year May 7.

The auditions will begin at 6 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center on WVU s Evansdale Campus. Applications for students planning to audition must be completed and returned to the program office by Wednesday (April 23).

Scholarships are available to aid exceptionally talented students who are in need of financial assistance to help pay for private music lessons, music classes or ensembles offered by the WVU Community Music Program.

Auditions are held each spring for the coming year. Two types of scholarships are available WVU Community Music Program scholarships and West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival scholarships.

  • Community music scholarships are based on a combination of talent and need. Applicants for these awards are required to perform two musical pieces of contrasting styles, and they may audition on more than one instrument.
  • West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival scholarships are donated by the Morgantown Wine and Jazz Festival Committee and are available for those in need of financial assistance. Applicants must be residents of West Virginia. No audition is required. New and returning students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants do not need to be current students in the Community Music Program, and they may apply for both scholarships at the same time. If eligible for both, only the largest scholarship of the two will be awarded.

Application forms are available at the WVU Community Music Program Office in Room 401A of the Creative Arts Center and must be returned by Wednesday (April 23). Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

Students may also access scholarship applications through the programs Web site athttp://www.ccarts.wvu.edu/community_arts. For more information, call 304-293-4841 ext. 3168.

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