2016 Scholarship Drive

On June 5, 89 outstanding students, two interns, and a music librarian will arrive for six weeks of study with outstanding faculty during the 2016 Round Top Music Festival. These students, with an average age of 21.3, will come from 26 states and US territory and 10 foreign countries. Texas will be the most represented state, with a combined 17 students attending from the following 9 schools:

Baylor University
Rice University, Shepherd School of Music
Southern Methodist University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

43 other schools are represented:
University of Alabama, Alabama
University of Arizona, Arizona
The Colburn School, California
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music,
University of Northern Colorado, Colorado
Cleveland Institute of Music, Connecticut
Yale School of Music, Connecticut
Florida State University, Florida
University of Miami, Florida
Chicago College of Performing Arts, Illinois
DePaul University, Illinois
Northern Illinois University, Illinois
Northwestern University, Illinois
Indiana University, Indiana
Louisiana State University, Louisiana
Peabody Conservatory, Maryland
Boston University, Massachusetts
The Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts
Michigan State University, Michigan
University of Michigan, Michigan
Western Michigan University, Michigan
University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska
Princeton University, New Jersey
University of New Mexico, New Mexico
Eastman School Of Music, New York
New York University-Steinhardt, New York
Purchase College SUNY, New York
Stony Brook University, New York
The Juilliard School, New York
University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
     North Carolina
Concordia College, North Dakota
Miami University, Ohio
Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ohio
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma
Curtis Institute of Music, Pennsylvania
Vanderbilt University (Blair School of Music),
Brigham Young University, Utah
Western Washington University, Washington
Marshall University, West Virginia

University of Western Ontario, Canada
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Puerto Rico

Every year, $5,500 needs to be raised for each student attending the Institute; efforts to secure these funds for the 2016 Round Top Music Festival are still ongoing. Support has been received from, among others, The Bowen Foundation, The Brown Foundation, The Dickson-Allen Foundation, The Burdine Johnson Foundation, The Kleberg Foundation, The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, and The Trull Foundation, as well as a host of individuals. The Institute is grateful to everyone who has participated. Together, we have raised scholarships to fully fund 38 students participating in the 2016 Round Top Music Festival. It is our goal to raise an additional $313,500 to provide full scholarships for the remaining 57 students. This would fully fund our 2016 Round Top Music Festival scholarship recipients.

If you have not supported this worthy effort, we would welcome your gift, either through an online, phone, or mail donation towards student scholarships. Student scholarships are at the core of our educational mission and support the Institute through the six weeks of private lessons, chamber music studies, and orchestral studies, resulting in the public concerts that many of you experience throughout the summer season.

By supporting this effort, you will be making a difference in the life of a talented young musician. Your gift will also help sustain Round Top Festival Institute and its mission.

Full scholarships are $5,500 and offer an important level of commitment. Donations of $2,500 and above are listed as Sponsors of this great effort. Contributions at every level are greatly needed and gratefully appreciated. The Round Top Festival Institute, about to enter its 46th season, has always counted on the support of friends, both old and new, to sustain its mission of providing outstanding music education opportunities to qualified students from across the country and around the world, all in the heart of rural Texas. Previous alumni of the Institute now perform professionally on six continents and include: Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concertmaster - New York Philharmonic (New York, New York); Eugene Asti, Piano Faculty, Guildhall School (London, England); and Nicholas Stovall, Principal Oboe, National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), among others. Eight of our alumni are returning to Round Top Festival Institute as faculty this year.

Please consider joining us in this worthwhile effort. Donate now.