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  GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS FOR
AUSTRALIA STRING ACADEMY SUMMER
      SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
             July 2008
                                          GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS
                                            FOR AUSTRALIAN STRING


Applications are open to any music student under the age of 25 who fulfils these criteria:
• has been accepted to participate in the Australian String Academy Summer School in January 2009;
• a member of the Vasek Young String Players’ Foundation;
• a serious commitment to playing the violin, viola, cello or double bass;
• is an Australian citizen or has permanent Australian residency status;
• has been a resident of WA for no less than two years.



                                    STAGE 1: APPLICATION

All applicants must submit the following to the Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Vasek Young String
Players’ Foundation, by the 1 November 2008.

Application Form to be completed and signed by the applicant and, if she/he is under 18 years of age, by
a parent or guardian.

Recommendations from the applicant’s present music teacher. Include a current contact phone number.

Curriculum Vitae incorporating:
• Applicant's academic record. Include a photocopy of last school report.
• Applicant's musical background, including practical experience such as solo/ orchestral/ ensemble
  performance. (Include any other music-related activities such as singing, choir work and playing
  another instrument. Attach photocopies of any certificates earned.)
• Music grades/levels passed, certificates earned, eisteddfod placings achieved, festival participation
  etc. Attach relevant photocopies.
• Applicant's other interests – e.g. hobbies, sporting activities – including any achievements in these
  areas.
• Any other information that you feel would be useful to the VYSPF Scholarship Committee in
  assessing your application.

Applicants will be notified as to whether their applications have been successful, and if so the date, time
and venue of the live audition (Stage 2).

In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as illness, other arrangements for audition may be made.
This will be determined by the Scholarship Committee once the circumstances have been made known.




                           STAGE 2: LIVE AUDITION/INTERVIEW


The live audition (Stage 2) will take place in December 2008 after successful completion of Stage 1.
Candidates will be notified of the audition date as soon as possible.



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If under 18 years of age, the applicant is to be accompanied by their parent/s or guardian, who will be
responsible for their welfare.

No audience will be permitted at the auditions.

The applicant is to arrive at least 15 minutes before the allocated time. The audition time will be
approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

At the audition the applicant will:
• Provide their own accompanist. An accompanist is mandatory in this stage.
• Introduce and perform two contrasting pieces of music.
• Provide scores for the panel.
• Participate in an interview with the panel, covering such matters as why the applicant chose to learn
    their string instrument, their reasons for applying for the scholarship/grant, their musical aspirations.

The panel of adjudicators may consist of two string experts, one non-string musician and up to two
VYSPF Board members.



                                  STAGE 3: FINAL SELECTION

Successful applicants will be notified by certified mail approximately 1 week after Stage 2.
• It is a requirement that the Board will be able to use a successful applicant’s name and photograph(s)
   for promotional purposes. If an exceptional circumstance would make this difficult, please indicate
   this at the interview, as it may be a problem for some scholarship sponsors.
• A successful applicant may be asked to perform at certain concerts during the year, either for the
   scholarship/grant sponsor or for VYSPF.

The Board reserves the right to withhold any scholarship if applicants do not meet the requisite standard.

The Scholarship/Grant Committee will recommend allocation of scholarships and grants to the VYSPF
Board. All decisions of the Board are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

For any other information regarding this scholarship/grant program, please telephone Judy Vasek on
9345 2227.




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