Opera Club of The Villages

Our mission is to inspire lifelong interest and encouragement in opera and classical music, and to promote music education for students, including financial support.

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Harold Schwartz Scholarships for College Music Majors/Minors


SENIORS, here is your chance to apply

Instrumentalists (brass, woodwinds, piano, percussion, strings, etc.) and Singers are eligible!

First Prize up to $12,000

Eligibility:

  1. Must be graduating from a Lake, Marion, or Sumter County high school or academy in spring 2023, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

  2. Must be majoring or minoring in music at the college or university of the student’s choice during the next academic year

  3. Must be available to audition on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in The Villages. Applicant will be expected to perform one piece of published music

  4. Winners must perform at an Opera Club meeting at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center in The Villages on the evening of Thursday, April 27th, 2023 to claim their awards.


Awards:

Financial awards are: First prize up to $12,000, Second prize up to $10,000, Third prize up to $8,000, Fourth prize up to $6,000. Funds are for tuition, lab fees, or books/sheet music for the next academic year after the award only. Scholarship disbursements will be made in two installments, payable to the college or university of the student’s choice.


Deadline:

APPLY EARLY - AUDITION SCHEDULE POSITIONS ARE LIMITED.

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Applications are available through high school music teachers, guidance counselors, or from the Opera Club of The Villages website: www.operaclubofthevillages.com.


Submit Applications to:

Ms. Pearl Kosa, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Opera Club of The Villages

P. O. Box 1128

The Villages, FL 32158





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Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Application Form - 2022-23


[Please type or print clearly – We will be contacting you via email and cell phone]


Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Address [Street/City/State/Zip] ______________________________________________________________________

E-mail address: ____________________ Cell phone: ___________________ Home phone: ___________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Names: _______________________________________________________________________

High School Name/City/State/Zip: __________________________________________________________________


H. S. Graduation Date//Grade Point Average//Preferred College or University//Music Degree Desired//Musical Talent: Vocal Type / Instrument Audition Selection / Composer


Please Note: To apply you must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and plan to major or minor in music in college during the 2023-24 academic year.


Your accompanist (if required) must arrive at the same scheduled time as you. We can provide an audition accompanist to a limited number of applicants. Indicate in a letter attached to your application if you would like to use our accompanist. Prerecorded tracks will not be allowed.


To be submitted with this application:


  1. On separate sheets of paper with your name on each page, provide two essays - Essay 1: Describe your musical background and accomplishments Essay 2: Describe the composition selected and why you selected it for the audition

  • Note: Your audition selection need not be opera or classical music, but must be published music, approximately five minutes in length.


  1. Official proof of your grade point average issued by your school and sealed


  1. Two letters of recommendation:

    • one from a high school guidance counselor or music teacher

    • one from a community or business leader


  1. One copy of the sheet music for your audition piece.



All required documentation must be postmarked by the deadline of Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Mail to: Ms. Pearl Kosa, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Opera Club of The Villages

P. O. Box 1128

The Villages, FL 32158

NOTE: APPLY EARLY! AUDITION SCHEDULE POSITIONS ARE LIMITED


Applicants must audition on Saturday, April 1st, 2023 in The Villages

(Alternate plans will be made if we are unable to host auditions in person)


Winners must be present to perform and to receive their scholarship award on Thursday evening, April 27, 2023.




Meet The Opera Club

The Opera Club of The Villages was established to present live musical performances, operas, and concerts to Villagers. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at Laurel Manor Recreation Center from September through May. In 1997, the Opera Club founded the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program to honor the founder of The Villages. The goal was to encourage and support students who plan a career in music by awarding scholarships to applicants in Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties. Over $600,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to 95 students. Our major source of income is our “Three Tenors Plus One” concert scheduled for February 11, 2023 to be presented at The Sharon Performing Arts Center.


During the school year, our Scholarship Committee sends applications to schools in the Tri-County area. Students applying must be seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. They must be planning to major or minor in music education or performance in college. The student must complete the application and submit it with two letters of recommendation. In the past, qualified applicants were invited to audition in April at Laurel Manor. Scholarship auditions are adjudicated by professional judges.


In 2022, 4 Scholarships, valued at up to $12,000, $10,000, $8,000 and $4,000 were awarded. Four Study Grant awards of $1,000 each were also awarded. Listen to the winners HERE....


The Oscar Feliu Award is given annually to a student at The Villages Charter High School who consistently demonstrated outstanding contributions to and participation in the music program. The $3,000 award is in memory of Oscar Feliu, one of the founders of the Opera Club.


The Opera Club of the Villages is a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Mailing address : PO Box 1228, The Villages ,Fl 32158

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