|Nassau Music Society and Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. announce new music scholarship|
|Tuesday, 18 March 2008 11:45|
The Nassau Music Society and Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. have established an endowment fund with the aim of making available a music scholarship worth up to US$7,500 per annum to an outstanding Bahamian student, starting with the 2008-2009 academic year.
The scholarship is for study at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the US, Canada, UK and Caribbean and approved disciplines are classical instrument, voice and musical composition.
Further details on this scholarship and application forms are available at www.lyfordcayfoundation.org. Forms may also be obtained from high school guidance counselors, The College of The Bahamas Financial Aid Office, and the Lyford Cay Foundation office.
Samples of work and/or auditions will be required, and applicants must pledge to return to The Bahamas after completion of their studies. Deadline for all applications is March 31, 2008.
The Nassau Music Society promotes and encourages the art of music by organizing concerts and other musical activities and providing financial and other support to Bahamian students of music. Last year, when the Society was able to raise the initial funding needed to offer a new scholarship, it decided to ask Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. for assistance in administering it.
"The decision to work with the Foundation was made because of its ability to organize a scholarship programme and manage the funds in a professional manner, and particularly to obtain a good return on our investment on a long term basis," said Patrick Thomson, the Society's President.
A special Independent Screening Committee comprised of accomplished individuals in the field of music has been formed to fine-tune application and candidate selection guidelines.
Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation together are the largest private source of educational and philanthropic funds in the country, having awarded more than $15 million in undergraduate, graduate and technical scholarships to Bahamians studying overseas and at The College of The Bahamas.
To carry out its mission, The Nassau Music Society raises funds from membership subscriptions, the proceeds of ticket sales from its concerts and corporate sponsors including Pictet Bank & Trust, Royal Fidelity, RoyalStar Assurance and SG Hambros.
In recent years it has arranged for the English Chamber Orchestra, Interpreti Venezia, the Boy's Choir of Harlem, Yuri Bashmet and The Moscow Soloists, Simon Estes and other first-rate artists to perform in The Bahamas.
For further information about the Society please visit www.nassaumusicsociety.org.
Photo 1: Bahamian singer JoAnn Callender with The Moscow Soloists at Christ Church Cathedral.
(Photo: Eric Rose, BIS)
Photo 2: The virtuoso duo of Dmitri Berlinsky, violinist, and pianist Elena Baksht take a bow at St Andrew's Kirk.
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