The Portland Rossini Club’s annual scholarship competition is cancelled for spring 2021.

This was a difficult decision to make, especially since this favorite annual event has been held nearly every year since 1932. Sadly, the COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty about safety for all involved caused the Executive Board to postpone this wonderful competition for our budding musicians of Maine to spring 2022.

Watch continue to watch this and check in with your music teachers for information about the application deadline and competition date in 2022.

There are three categories for scholarships: Emily Rand Instrumental [non-piano] competition; Barbara Littlefield vocal competition; and Lucia Wright piano competition.

Eligibility is open to Maine residents aged 17 and older who are serious music students planning on continuing music at an accredited music school, college, or university.

All candidates who apply appear in person at a chosen venue before an Audition Committee. Each winner receives a certificate and a monetary prize which varies year to year. Prizes range from a minimum $1500 on down for second place, or honorable mention. Winners also are invited to perform at an official Portland Rossini Club concert.

~ Barbara Graustein, Scholarship Chair, Portland Rossini Club


Background Information on the Scholarship

The Rossini Club holds an annual scholarship competition for students who are Maine residents and registered as music majors at any accredited music school, college, or university for the Fall semester of the year they are applying for the scholarship.

The Scholarship Competition traditionally takes place the beginning of June in a Portland, Maine location.

Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, the total prize amount for each category may amount to more than $2,000 (the judges may reserve the right not to award a prize).
The three categories for scholarships include the following:

Instrumental:
The Emily K. Rand (now instrumental) Scholarship Fund was established in 1932 in memory of the Portland Rossini Club’s third president, a vocalist who presided in a distinguished manner for 25 years.

Piano:
The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was established in 2001 as a bequest of a Member in good standing for 55 years.

Vocal:
The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist Barbara C. Littlefield.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are residents of Maine, are over seventeen years old and are planning further study in an accredited music school, college or university as of the fall of the year when they are applying for the scholarship. Previous first place winners of the scholarships may not apply.

WHAT IS EXPECTED AT THE AUDITION?
These scholarship competitions are open to all residents of the State of Maine. Applicants must be above the age of 17 and be registered as music majors in the Fall of 2021 at any accredited music school, college, or university.

Previous first place winners of the scholarships may not apply. However all other previous candidates who are eligible may again enter the competition. Applicants in each competition must perform at least two compositions or movements representing two different periods as follows: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and/or 20th/21st Century.

The total performance should be at least ten minutes and is not to exceed fifteen minutes. Applicants must provide their own accompanists. VOCALISTS MUST PERFORM ENTIRELY BY MEMORY; PIANISTS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS MUST PERFORM AT LEAST ONE SELECTION FROM MEMORY. One published edition of the music must be provided for the panel of judges.

HOW TO APPLY
More information about the scholarship is located on the How to Apply page here.

PAST WINNERS
View our past scholarship winners here.

If you would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, thank you so much. It will be put into the account and a thank-you letter will be sent. Hopefully we will resume this special and popular event in 2022.