2017 Scholarship Drive

We reach out to our friends, old and new, as we prepare for our 47th Season.

On June 4, 2017, around 90 of the most advanced music students from around the country and the world will arrive at Round Top Festival Institute for six weeks of study during the 2017 Round Top Music Festival. They will be mentored by 40 of the most outstanding faculty and work with seven renowned conductors of international stature.

In 2016, 89 students came from 26 states, one US territory and 10 foreign countries. Texas was 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

All students are accepted on full tuition scholarship. Many would not be able to attend without this financial assistance. Each year, $5,500 needs to be raised for each student attending the Institute. Efforts to secure these funds for the 2017 Festival are ongoing. The Institute is grateful to everyone who participated in making the 2016 program a success, as well as to those who have already donated to the efforts for 2017. Our goal is to raise a total of $495,000 to provide full tuition scholarships for the estimated 90 students expected to attend the 2017 festival. This would fully fund our 2017 Round Top Music Festival scholarship program.

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.

The Round Top Festival Institute 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. The rigorous and intense six-week program has proven to be very successful in helping these students become better musicians and establish higher standards for themselves, as well as advance their careers.

We are pleased to note that 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 in 2017.

Consider a gift now.

Scholarships are at the core of our educational mission and support the students 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. Full tuition scholarships are $5,500 and offer an important level of commitment. Contributions at every level are greatly needed and appreciated.

We hope you consider a charitable gift of a $5,500 scholarship and make a difference in the life of a talented young musician. You may make your tax-deductible gift online, over the phone (979-249-3129), or by mail. Indicate "for student scholarships". Make check payable to The James Dick Foundation and mail to PO Box 89, Round Top, TX 78954. For more information, send email to giving@festivalhill.org or call the Institute office at 979-249-3129.

2017 Scholarship Drive Handout

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