Judy Leonard Student Excellence Award

The Judy Leonard Financial Assistance Award is given to students with demonstrated financial need. The event is held in memory of longtime NVMTA member Judy Leonard, whose love of music extended beyond the piano to flute, organ, and voice, making her an excellent church musician. Her passion for music and her exceptional musicianship greatly enriched the musical life of our metropolitan area.

Recipients of the Judy Leonard Award are required to write a letter to the Leonard family at the end of the academic year, reporting on their repertoire and progress in their music studies.

DATE AND PLACE
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
4509 Hazelnut Ct. Chantilly, VA 20151

POSTMARK DEADLINE
February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility by February 15, 2016.

CHAIR
Eve Ginnett

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
Two memorized pieces, each from a different historical period. The audition will last a maximum of 10 minutes; if the repertoire exceeds 10 minutes, the judges will hear a portion of each piece. Students may play a concerto movement as part of their repertoire but only if they perform it with their own accompanist. Furnish one published score for the judges. If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Copyright Release Form, signed by a parent or teacher, must be submitted to the chairman by email or postmarked at least one week prior to the event. Please submit this form also for music purchased or downloaded from the internet. Students using photocopies (or anything resembling a photocopy) either for themselves or the judges, without having provided the Copyright Release Form by this deadline, may play for comments but will not be eligible to perform for the judges.

FEE
None

AWARD
Up to $800 divided among the applicants upon completion of repertoire requirements.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to students of voice or any instrument who are age 9 to 17 on the date of the event, and who qualify for financial need based on documents submitted upon application. High school seniors and students who enter the Ruthanne Lodato and Healy/Ford Awards are not eligible for this award.

Students applying for the Judy Leonard Award may not have been recipients of first or second place awards in any NVMTA solo competitive event during the 12 months preceding the date of this event.  Students selected to perform in an NVMTA Honors Recital or Young Artists Musicale during the preceding 12 months are also ineligible.  Students can only apply to enter one financial award each year with a waiting period of one year after receiving a monetary award.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Submit Teacher Certification Form, Student Information Form,  and page 1 of the prior year’s IRS Form 1040 to:

NVMTA Scholarship Endowment Fund
c/o Debra Gunnerson, Chair
4509 Hazelnut Court
Chantilly, VA 20151

All documents are strictly confidential. No financial information from the application will be shared with applicants’ teachers. The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.