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ERIE COUNTY Music Educators Association

"The arts are an essential element of education...[they] unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." —W. Bennett

ECMEA Scholarship Requirements

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING - AS EACH YEAR THE COMMITTEE IS FORCED TO DISQUALIFY SOME STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT MET THE REQUIREMENTS.


DATES AND DEADLINES - IMPORTANT:

  1. This application must be completed and submitted online no later than midnight on November 15th
  2. Final Auditions:    February 1, 2014
  3. Final Interviews:   February 8, 2014

PROCEDURES:

Each applicant must complete this application online by November 15th. If you are not able to submit the application online, there is an option (viewable at the end of the application) to print out the application and submitl it by US mail.  This must still meet the November 15th (postmark) deadline.  This INCLUDES the audio recording.  

It is required that ECMEA receive letters of recommendation from the Applicant's SCHOOL Music Teacher AND School Counselor or Building Principal. Each of these forms must be delivered to the school personnel well in advance of the November 15th  (postmark) deadline.  It is the responsibility of the student to check in with the teacher and Counselor/Principal to ensure that the recommendation letters are mailed with a postmark of no later than November 15th.

  • Click HERE to print out APPLICATION PART B -  to hand deliver to your Music Director.
  • Click HERE to print out APPLICATION PART C -  to hand deliver to your School Counselor or Building Principal.  

You must upload recent audio recording(s) of your playing - up to 3 selections - NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.  While the recordings do not need to be a specific length, a total 6 to10 minutes is sufficient.  PLEASE... you must have accompaniment.  ACCOMPANIMENT IS REQUIRED, except works specified 'unaccompanied'.  It is recommended that your selections represent you and your musicianship.  Use of the 6-15 minutes is critical.  Contrasting selections (or movements) often show more than one long movement.   The priliminary screening committee is NOT the same committee that will hear you should you be invited to audition on February 1st.  

Note: You upload the audio recordings using the online application form on the lower part of this page.

Once this STUDENT APPLICATION is complete and you have clicked the 'Submit' button at the bottom of this page, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PRINTED OUT THE SCHOOL PERSONNEL RECOMMENDATION FORMS AND HAVE DELIVERED THEM TO THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE.  You should received a submission confirmation within 2 days of your submission.  If you have not received this feel free to contact ECMEA at scholarship@ecmea.org.  

Committees specializing in each performance area will choose semi-finalists who will be asked to give an in-person audition before the ECMEA Scholarship Committee on February 1, 2014 (Saturday -  2/1/14)

Semi-finalists' in-person auditions are eight (8) minutes in length.  Performances should be planned accordingly so as not to exceed the allotted time.  Also, the audition should be considered a recital performance with the proper dress, acknowledgement of the accompanist, audience, etc.  Again... bring your accompanist, as accompaniment is required.

Finalists will be asked to appear before the Scholarship Committee for an interview on February 8, 2014 (Saturday, - 2/8/14), if you are successful in passing the previous audition.  At this time, the committee urges each student to present musical ability other than that displayed at the audition (minor instruments, keyboard ability, compositions, etc.).
ANY PERFORMANCE AT THE INTERVIEW SHOULD NOT EXCEED 2 MINUTES.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

  1. Seniors who will enter college as music majors of any type are eligible.
  2. Applicant must be a registered senior at their high school on the dates of all procedural events and enrolled as members of their own schools' music organization(s).
  3. Applicant's sponsoring school director must be a member of ECMEA and NYSSMA during the current school year.
  4. Applicants must have performed in an ECMEA All County group in 10th and 11th grade OR must participate as seniors (this applies to keyboard and guitar applicants as well).
  5. Piano accompaniments are required excepting solo concert literature.
  6. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THIS COMPLETED FORM IS MIDNIGHT, NOVEMBER 15. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  7. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS (2) IS NOVEMBER 15 (postmark).  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  8. Applicants will be notified at home as to all commitments, decisions and final awards.

ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED BY THE SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER TO: scholarship@ecmea.org


Online Application

Please type or cut/paste your information into each required field.

Reminder: the deadline for submitting this application is midnight of November 15th.

The red * indicates a required field.

You must click the 'submit' button at the bottom of this page to save and send your application.

Enter the student's first name.
Enter the student's last name.
Enter the student applicant's date of birth.
Street Address, for example: 123 Main Street, Apartment 12B
Town, village, city, etc.
Zip Code, for example either 14222 or 14222-1234
Home phone - If the phone number is NOT in area code 716, please include your area code in addition to the 7 digit number.
Secondary phone - this could be your personal cell phone. If the phone number is NOT an area code of 716, please include your area code in addition to the 7 digit number.
Your email address
The high school you attend.
School town, village, city, etc address
Type in the instrument you will be playing at the audition. If you are a vocalist, please type in voice & your range (soprano, alto, tenor, bass, etc).
Use this field to upload your first audio recording (in .MP3 format). In order to upload a file it must be on you local computer. Click the "Browse" or "Choose File" button. Navigate to the drive/folder/file you wish to upload, select it, then click the button marked "upload" or "send" or "OK" or what ever your computer displays to complete the upload (it varies depending on what kind of computer/operating system you have).
Type in the Title and Composer of the selection (and movement/title if appropriate).
Use this field to upload your second audio recording (in .MP3 format). In order to upload a file it must be on you local computer. Click the "Browse" or "Choose File" button. Navigate to the drive/folder/file you wish to upload, select it, then click the button marked "upload" or "send" or "OK" or what ever your computer displays to complete the upload (it varies depending on what kind of computer/operating system you have).
Type in the Title and Composer of the selection (and movement/title if appropriate).
Use this field to upload your third audio recording (in .MP3 format). In order to upload a file it must be on you local computer. Click the "Browse" or "Choose File" button. Navigate to the drive/folder/file you wish to upload, select it, then click the button marked "upload" or "send" or "OK" or what ever your computer displays to complete the upload (it varies depending on what kind of computer/operating system you have).
Type in the Title and Composer of the selection (and movement/title if appropriate).
Your school vocal or instrumental music teacher.
Please use your music teacher's SCHOOL email
If you take private lessons, please type in his/her name. If you do not take private lessons, leave this field blank.
Enter the names of each college to which you will apply that offers a degree in music. Use this space to fill in as many as you need.
Please list the groups in this format: name of group: grades. For example: band: 4-12, orchestra: 9-12, chorus: 4-12.
Include year(s) and instrument (voice). For example: 2007-2013 ECMEA Orchestra. List all groups of which you were a member.
Include Conference and Area All-State Ens and year(s) of participation. You may also include any other music groups of which you were a regular member. If you were NOT in any non-school groups, type "None".
Include each rating, year, and instrument(s)/voice. If you did NOT audition for NYSSMA, type "None".
Type in the student applicant's initials to indicate that you have signed this application, then put in today's date. For example: A.M. 9/13/2014.
As Parent or Guardian, type in your initials to indicate that you have signed this application, then put in today's date. For example: A.M. 9/13/2014.
Provide the best contact phone # for Parental confirmation if needed.