The purpose of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program is to support and encourage young, talented American pianists through up to four years of preparation for the National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States, which is held in Miami, Florida, every five years.
Renewable scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year on a competitive basis to outstanding young American pianists who demonstrate a special affinity for the interpretation of Frédéric Chopin’s music. In addition, the Scholarship Committee may grant half-awards in the amount of $500 to qualified applicants. A half-award may be granted to an applicant only once during the four-year program.
The Scholarship Program is open to all qualified American pianists (US citizens or legal residents) not younger than 14 and not older than 17 years of age on May 15 of their first year of application.
Renewal and Repertoire
The scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient continues to study piano, maintains satisfactory academic progress, and each year submits an application including a video recording of an unedited performance of the Chopin works required for that year for evaluation. The Scholarship Committee may accept an application of the returning applicant even if one year was skipped within the four-year period. Any applicant who was not awarded a scholarship may reapply the following year, submitting a new recording of the music of his/her choice from the repertoire required for the year in which he/she was not accepted. Reapplication is allowed only once while in the Scholarship Program.
2 Etudes, 2 Nocturnes, and your choice of: a Ballade or Barcarole in F-sharp Major Op. 60 or Fantasia in F Minor Op. 49
6 consecutive Preludes from Op. 28 played in order, 2 Waltzes, and 2 Mazurkas
1 Sonata and 1 of the following Polonaises: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise in E-flat Major Op. 22 or Polonaise in F-sharp Minor Op. 44 or Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major Op. 61
1 of Chopin’s two Concertos – all movements - with orchestra or a 2nd piano
As of 2015, all Scholarship applications must be submitted online. Please visit the Chopin Foundation website, www.chopin.org for a link to the online Scholarship application.
PLEASE READ ALL ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION
The following are required and must be uploaded with the application:
(1) Statement of career goals.
(2) Two recommendations from piano teachers or professional piano performers. The recommendation letters may be uploaded and submitted with your application; or they can be mailed directly to the Chopin Foundation – postmarked on or before May 15; or emailed to email@example.com directly from the recommender, with a date on or before May 15.
(3) A video recording of Chopin’s works as required for Years 1 – 4 (listed previously), must be recorded in one session - but must be saved and uploaded as separate files. For example, Year 1 applicants would upload three files: one with the 2 Etudes, one with the 2 Nocturnes and one with the chosen piece. The recording must be of professional quality, but cannot be edited. Please label the uploaded files with the name of the piece(s) and the edition used and upload the list of pieces and editions as a separate document where indicated.
(4) Proof of current school enrollment/statement of being homeschooled.
(5) Non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
(6) Optional: Upload additional page(s) to list significant repertoire studied. Place an asterisk (*) by works performed in public. Include copies of programs/reviews, if possible.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please use the online application link www.GetAcceptd.com. Applications, along with all attachments listed above, must be received by May 15th. Scholarships will be announced by July 15th. Please contact the Chopin Foundation with any questions.
The Chopin Foundation of the United States, Inc.
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Street Causeway, Suite 117, Miami, FL 33141
Phone: (305) 868-0624 Fax: (305) 865-5150 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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