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General Information

The UTC Music Department provides several scholarship and award opportunities to students on the basis of talent, ability, dedication, effort, and demonstrated need. There are three basic categories of these awards: performance grants awarded to incoming freshman as well as continuing students funded through the UC Foundation, scholarships and awards given to continuing students based on personal achievement funded through endowments, and the most prestigious award, the Presser Scholar Award funded by the Theodore Presser Music Publishing Co.

Performance Grants

Performance grants are given to undergraduate and/or graduate students. The awarding of these grants reflects the music department faculty's strong commitment to developing and maintaining excellent student performing ensembles. Funding for these awards is through the UC Foundation.

Performance grants are awarded based on competitive auditions. Please see the AUDITION CRITERIA on the Audition page for specific requirements for each area. Obligations may include participation in one or more large ensembles and enrollment in applied instruction in the appropriate instrument or voice.

Performance grants may range in value from modest stipends to full in-state tuition. The grants are renewable for up to four years if all continuation requirements are met.

Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is the most prestigious of the UTC Music Department awards and grants. Funding for this grant comes from the Theodore J. Presser Music Publishing Company. This grant rewards excellence.

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is given to an outstanding music major at or after the end of their junior year based in recommendation of the music faculty. There is no audition for this award.

The award winner receives a one-time monetary grant. Additionally, the student is designated as a "Presser Scholar".

Authors and Artists Club Scholarship

The Authors and Artists Club Scholarship was created in 1988 by the Authors and Artists Club and is given each year by the College of Arts and Sciences based on recommendation of the Music Department faculty. It is funded by an endowment from the Authors and Artists Club through the UC Foundation and may be awarded to more than one student who will split the funds.

The Authors and Artists Club Scholarship is given to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated artistic talent, successful academic performance, and financial need in the broadest sense. The award may be continued from year to year as long as the student does not change to a course of study outside of music or withdraw from UTC. There is no audition for this award.

The monetary value of this scholarship varies from year to year as the award is based on interest income from the original endowment. The scholarship is renewed from year to year based on continuation requirements.

Earl and Judy Brown Trumpet Scholarship

The Earl and Judy Brown Trumpet Scholarship was established in 2010 through a UC Foundation Endowment.

The award is given to a music major studying trumpet. The recipient is selected by the UTC Band Director with input from the music faculty.

The monetary value of the scholarship is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Roland Carter Endowed Scholarship

The Roland Carter Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 in honor of the life and career of UTC professor emeritus Roland Carter. It is funded through a UC foundation endowment.

The Roland Carter Endowed Scholarship is given to an incoming or current music major who has demonstrated academic achievement and exhibits promise as a musician performing or researching American Music. The recipient is selected by the Music Department Head and the Music Dept. Faculty. Preference is given to graduates of Howard High School in Chattanooga.

The monetary value of the scholarship is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Glenn Draper Music Scholarship

The Glenn Draper Music Scholarship was established in 2002 by friends and colleagues of Glenn Draper, retired University Music professor and choral director. It is funded through through a UC foundation endowment.

The Glenn Draper Music Scholarship is given to a student who has completed two successive years in UTC Choral Activities and who has demonstrated successful academic performance and/or financial need. Preference is given to music majors. There is no audition for this award.

The monetary value of the award is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Sharon Gilley Grant Scholarship

The Sharon Gilley Grant Scholarship was created in 1984 in memory of Sharon Gilley Grant, a former student by a donation to the UC foundation.

The Sharon Gilley Grant Scholarship is awarded to a vocal music major in performance or education who participates in the UTC Opera.The award recipient is selected as a result of competitive audition.

The monetary value of the award is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Arthur Rivituso Piano Scholarship

The Arthur Rivituso Piano Scholarship was established in 1991 in memory of former UTC Professor Arthur Rivituso. The award is funded through a UC Foundation endowment.

The award is given to a current or upcoming advanced piano student with preference given to students who received the award previously. The award recipient is selected by the coordinator of piano studies.

The monetary value of the award is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Edmonia J. Simmons Endowed Scholarship in Music

The Edmonia J. Simmons Endowed Scholarship in Music was established in 1991 by friends and colleagues of Ms. Simmons, a distinguished musician and community leader. It is funded through a UC endowment.

The Edmonia J. Simmons Endowed Scholarship in Music is given to an outstanding student majoring in music or music education and demonstrating a successful musical ability and talent in addition to financial need. Preference is given to minority students. There is no audition for this award.

The monetary value of the award is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

Stanton Palmer Trumpet Scholarship

The Stanton Palmer Trumpet Scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Stanton Palmer, UC alumnus and musician. It is funded through a UC foundation endowment.

The award is given to a trumpet player pursuing a career in music education, or alternately to a brass player pursuing a career in music education with preference given to previous winners of the award. Selection is made by the music department faculty at the suggestion of the trumpet studio professer.

The monetary value of the award is dependent on interest from the original endowment. The award may be renewed from year to year.

 


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