Scholarships & Awards
In this section, you will find information about department awards and applied music scholarships.
The Music Department presents the following annual awards:
The Warren Composition Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated significant achievement in musical composition. The awards are named for Elinor Remick Warren, an American composer who was associated with Occidental College. Awards are given for both acoustic and electronic compositions. Submission of compositions occurs in the Spring semester.
The Peters Memorial Prize is presented to the student who, in the opinion of the Music Faculty, has done the most during the year to “advance the ideals and prestige of music on campus.”
The James F. and Marie E. English Award is a scholarship for lessons awarded to the most promising vocal student on the Occidental Campus.
The Warren and Peters prizes include cash awards and are awarded at the Music Department dinner held at the end of the Spring Semester. Auditions for the English Award are held near the end of the spring semester before the academic year in which the award is granted. Students who have won the English Award are ineligible for this award in future years.
The Marcia Hannah Farmer Award is a scholarship for lessons awarded to a promising voice student at Occidental.
Scholarships for Music lessons are available to all Occidental College students regardless of major. Scholarships are awarded by evaluation of several factors: talent, commitment, participation in the life of the Music Department (by enrollment in Music Department ensembles and classes), and financial need.
Students desiring a scholarship must fill out a Music Lessons Scholarship Request Form available at the Music Department office. Auditions for scholarships are normally held at the end of the spring semester (inquire at the Music Department office the dates and times of these auditions). However, students already taking lessons may use their jury for the audition while submitting the Scholarship Request Form at the jury. Scholarships are normally awarded for both semesters of the academic year.
Certain students automatically receive a Music lessons scholarship:
- Music majors of record receive scholarship support (half-hour lessons) for four semesters.
- Music majors of record who are preparing junior or senior recitals receive an additional half-hour scholarship during their recital year (funds permitting).
Music majors of record may apply for an additional half-hour of lessons scholarship support by requesting that their spring jury also be considered an audition for this additional scholarship support. The student must make this clear to the faculty at the time of the jury, and must bring the Music Lessons Scholarship Request Form to their jury.
All other students taking lessons are eligible to audition for a scholarship at the spring jury. Students auditioning for a scholarship must bring the completed scholarship application form to the audition.
All students receiving a Music lesson scholarship are required to perform on one student recital (MOFA) each semester.
Loss of Scholarships
Students receiving Music lessons scholarships who are dropped from their music lesson study will lose their scholarship for the following semester. Students who, in the opinion of their Music lesson teacher, are not fulfilling their practice responsibilities may also lose their scholarships for the following semester.
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