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Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are accepted to a School of Music degree program and show outstanding musical and academic ability. These awards include choral scholarships, graduate choral conducting scholarships, and graduate choral assistantships.

Choral Scholarships

Amount An award of $500 to $2000
Qualifications These awards are limited to undergraduate students who wish to work toward a degree in performance, music education, or sacred music, with a vocal concentration.
Membership in a choral ensemble is required.
Selection Criteria Recipients of these awards are selected on the basis of their vocal ability and the needs of the University's choirs.
Auditions Applicants must complete a School of Music audition.
Application Procedure Schedule a School of Music audition by going to:

The Edward H. Hamilton Choral Director Scholarship

Amount An award of $1000 - $4000
Qualifications This award is limited to full-time students who wish to work toward a graduate degree in music or music education, with emphasis in choral conducting.
Selection Criteria

Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of:

  • dedication to professional choral conducting
  • vocal teaching ability
  • qualities of music leadership, and
  • scholarship as evidenced by recommendations and competitive conducting auditions.
Auditions Applicants can choose either to audition in person, submit a DVD, or arrange for online media delivery of their conducting. Those not auditioning in person must have their materials to the Director of Choral Activities by February 1.
Application Procedures
  • Schedule an on-campus audition time or request detailed information regarding the DVD or online media delivery of their conducting.
  • Send a résumé and three letters of recommendation to the Director of Choral Activities
For additional information contact Dr. Angela Batey
Director of Choral Activities
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2600

Graduate Assistantships in Choral Conducting

Amount Stipends of up to $4,000 including tuition waiver and health insurance
Responsibilities Assist with the conducting and administration of University choral ensembles
Qualifications Undergraduate degree in choral music education, sacred music, or voice performance with choral conducting experience
Application Deadline February 1
For additional information and application materials contact Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music
School of Music
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600
Telephone: (865)974-3241

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