Hi-Desert Cultural Center to Award $1,700 in Music Education Scholarships
JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s 15th Annual Scholarship Concerts & Recitals Program is now accepting applications from aspiring student musicians of all ages to participate in its unique program that is designed to provide both live performance experience and professional, adjudicated critique opportunities to student musicians – whether they be instrumentalists or vocalists. The program also awards substantial music scholarships to the top school-aged competitors during the program’s Finals held May 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.The program includes two performance options, one designed for students who simply want to perform as a recitalist for experience and the other for those musicians who also want to compete for the scholarship funding. Hundreds of students have successfully participated in the program, which has awarded over $35,000 in music education scholarships and is funded through private donations, Joshua Tree Philharmonic concert ticket sales, and recital ticket sales. This year $1,700 will be awarded to student musicians who participate in the multi-part scholarship portion of the program: $1,000 First Place Award, $500 Second Place Award, and $200 Third Place Award.
Prior to the final public recitals, participants are coached on performance and stage etiquette, mic technique, and, for those competing for a scholarship, their music portfolio creation. The breadth of the process creates the area’s best opportunity for aspiring student musicians to gain performance experience in front of a live audience and gain a better understanding of the adjudication process that they may experience when applying for college or a professional career opportunity. While students must be in grades 1-12 to be eligible to participate in the scholarship portion of the program, students of all ages are encouraged to participate as recitalists because the rigor of pubic performance helps each participant to grow — musically and personally — by requiring them to set well-defined goals, implement a plan to achieve those goals, successfully execute those goals, and follow through with the goals to completion. With their new experience and, in some cases, scholarship awards, participants continue to grow and invest in their skills. Some past winners have gone on to win top-tier international music competitions, placed second on CBS Star Search, and gone on to obtain college music scholarships.
The deadline for submission of a complete entry is April 7, 2017. All entries are to be completed online. Full details, requirements, and other important deadlines are available online at www.hidesertculturalcenter.org/scr. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the Box Office at 760.366.3777, or at the Box Office Monday-Friday from 1-5 pm. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA 92252.
PHOTO CAPTION (FROM LEFT): Pianist Laurinda Stewart accompanies violin student Haley Burrill during last year’s Scholarship Concerts & Recitals program at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.