Music Scholarship applications now being accepted

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The 16th 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 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.

HDCC-Scholarship-Concerts-&-Recitals-2016-660x400The 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 $36,000 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.

CLICK HERE if you would like to make a financial contribution to the music scholarships that get awarded.


April 20, 2018 – Applications Due
May 5, 2018 – 2:30 pm – Scholarship Concerts & Recitals Event & Final Auditions

  • Due to the sell-out nature of this event, participants are encouraged to purchase tickets for family members or friends in advance online (CLICK HERE) or by calling the Box Office at 760.366.3777
  • Camcorders, lights, and tripods strictly prohibited.
  • BluRay orders and payment for a recording of the entire program will only be accepted at the May 5th event.


MUSIC PORTFOLIO - Make It A Memorable Song!
Whether applying to college, a gig, a scholarship opportunity, or a full-time position as a musician, your music portfolio needs to be a “showcase” of you, your personality, and your music talent! Here are eight basic steps, or rules, for presenting yourself in this trendy market:

RULE #1: Every picture tells a story!
RULE #2: Assure the Presentation is Attractive!
RULE #3: More is LESS, and Less is MORE
RULE #4: Customize!
RULE #5: A “Little Extra” Technology and YOU
RULE #6: Cover Letters, Resumes, and Bios
RULE #7: Hard Copy VS Digital
RULE #8: Tell the Truth


Design them to promote your music skills. Leave out non-essential employment or activities. Do not exceed two pages. Use a one-inch margin and a 10 or 12 point font. Be sure to begin with a “Summary Statement” (this is where you express what you are targeting.) Be prepared to have references if not listed.


This is your music life in “story form”. This should be concise and objectively written, as if others were reading about you in a production’s program or brochure. By indicating your root beginnings in music, then highlighting your pivotal or greatest landmark accomplishments, readers can skip the many stepping stones in between and still have a great understanding of you and your music career.

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GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!