UPDATE: Because of the unprecedented situation due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we sincerely regret to announce that the Rossini Club has decided to cancel the 2020 spring Scholarship competition.

We encourage music students and teachers to follow Rossini Club on Facebook, and/or visit the website for any future updates, and we encourage everyone to apply in 2021. Best wishes to you all!

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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 2020 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.

All competitions will take place Saturday, May 30 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland, ME. The complete application packet MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER than Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Applicants will be ineligible to compete if application packet is incomplete. Special scheduling requests must be submitted in writing and will be honored if possible. Contestants will be notified of their performance time on or before Thursday, May 21.

The first place winner in each category will receive $1,500. The second place award will be $900. The judges reserve the right not to award a prize.

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

View our past scholarship winners here.