The Ferris-Burtis Music Scholarship Foundation

THE FERRIS BURTIS SCHOLARSHIP Fund

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES

WHO CAN APPLY

Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted in a conservatory or school of music for the fall term for the purpose of pursuing a career in some form of classical music. Applicants must be full-time residents of the Berkshire Taconic region.

HOW TO APPLY

Visit our online portal to complete our common application, which will determine your eligiblity for all Berkshire Taconic scholarships. Once you have logged in, select "Apply" at the top of the page, then scroll to the bottom of the list to find "Scholarship Common Application."

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by two men who devoted their lives to music. With the cost of education ever on the rise, this scholarship is designed to aid and encourage young musicians of talent as they prepare for careers in classical music.

John Ferris, a graduate of Michigan State University, was for 32 years the organist and choirmaster of Harvard University until his retirement to Sandisfield, Massachusetts in 1990. He taught organ and conducting at Boston University, lectured at the Harvard Divinity School, and conducted The Cantata Singers, a professional chorus in Boston. He was musical editor of the 1964 Harvard University Hymnal and choir director of the Congregational Church of Colebrook, Connecticut, and taught piano in his home studio.

Herbert Burtis, a graduate of Columbia University, has gained international renown as a pianist, organist, and teacher of voice. He has performed throughout Europe, the West Indies, and the United States. He is the author of several books on singing and a treatise on the piano methods of Theodor Leschetitzky.  Vocal students of his perform at the Metropolitan Opera Company, the New York City Opera Company, and in opera houses and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Mr. Burtis continues a busy teaching schedule in New York City, New Jersey and in Sandisfield, MA.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be students who are graduating high school seniors who have been accepted in a conservatory or school of music for the fall term for the purpose of pursuing a career in some form of classical music. Applicants must be full-time residents of the Berkshire Taconic region. Exceptions may be made for students attending boarding schools whose families are currently residents of the Berkshire Taconic region.

AWARDS
One award of $2,000 will be given. This award will be renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains in good standing in his/her music program and academic studies. A follow-up audition will be required at the end of each year.

REVIEW PROCESS
Finalists will be selected to perform the pieces submitted with their applications in a live audition in Sandisfield, Mass., or Colebrook, Conn., before a panel of judges. Singers and instrumentalists must provide their own accompanist. A two manual tracker organ by Fritz Noack (7 stops) (Colebrook) and a Steinway M piano will be available at the audition. The panel’s recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s Distribution Committee and Board of Directors.

REVIEW CRITERIA
The applicants will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the applicants' performance
  • The applicants' efforts and ambitions to achieve their music and life goals
  • Financial need

NOTE: An award will only be given if an applicant meets the above criteria.
 

NOTIFICATION
Applicants will be informed of the foundation's decision no later than August 1.

Award

$2,000


Deadline

March 15


Common App

Visit our online portal to complete our common application.

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