Giving Tuesday at Festival Hill

On Tuesday, November 28, from midnight to midnight, Round Top Festival Institute will launch its third annual fall 24-hour online fundraising challenge. The goal of the "Give2RTFInstitute" Giving Tuesday Campaign is to raise $30,000 to help fund the 2018 Scholarship Program.

*** Matching Gift ***

The first $1,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous gift from Richard Royall, Founding Managing Director of the Institute! Donate early in the campaign and double the value of your gift!

Why is the "Give2RTFInstitute" Giving Campaign important?

     Each summer, 90 advanced classical music students come to Round Top Festival Institute to work with faculty and conductors in a six-week program to study and improve their performance skills. Students come from conservatories and music schools all over the world and are selected through a rigorous audition process. To allow student participation based on talent and merit alone, each student is awarded a tuition scholarship of $6,000 to help alleviate financial burden.

Here's what your donation to Round Top Festival Institute helps accomplish:

    What do the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony in D.C., and the Chicago Symphony all have in common? Aside from being three of the top orchestras in the country, they are all employers of Round Top Festival Institute alumni! We are so proud of the remarkable professional success our students achieve! Help us prepare more musicians for professional careers by supporting our scholarship program.

    Student scholarships are at the core of our educational mission and support the Institute through the six weeks of private lessons, chamber music, orchestral studies and performance opportunities, resulting in the public concerts that many of you experience and enjoy throughout the summer season. Many of our students go on to hold significant positions in orchestras and at conservatories and universities on six continents.

Here's what your donation can do for you:

On November 28, every donor will be entered into a drawing to receive one of three fun prizes!

  • Four tickets to the Institute's performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, on December 9.
  • Two tickets to the Opening Orchestral Concert of the 2018 Round Top Music Festival on June 9, and passes to the Reception on the Herzstein Plaza that follows.
  • Four tickets to the Institute's 2018 Patriotic Concert on July 1.
  • All donors of $6,000 or more (before match) automatically receive a bonus pack of all 3 prizes!!!!

How can you make Giving Tuesday at Festival Hill successful?

  • Donations can be made online (Donate), by phone (979-249-3129), or by mail. Make check payable to James Dick Foundation and send to PO Box 89, Round Top, TX 78954. Indicate "for scholarships." Gifts of all sizes are welcome.
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Round Top Festival Institute, located on Festival Hill at 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, Texas 78954, is the sole project of The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit public educational foundation since 1972. When searching for our foundation among charities, search for James Dick Foundation.

Donate on November 28

Fundraising Progress

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$30,000 Goal

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at 12:01 AM on Tuesday,

November 28!
Support our 2018 Students

Scholarships are needed to help our students attend the summer music festival.


We Can Do This!


Round Top Festival Institute
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Thank you for your generous support!

Round Top Festival Institute is the sole project of The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public educational foundation since 1972.