Camps and Scholarships

These are some camps and scholarship opportunities you may want to look into for your child. If you have additional information please forward it to Lisa Baermann,

Blue Lake

General scholarships are limited and awarded based on the following criteria: Audition or portfolio, arts instructor recommendations and, in some cases, financial need. To receive a scholarship application, call 800-221-3796 or 231-894-1966, or open the Scholarship Application.  

Requirements for auditions and portfolios are listed on the application form.

Editorial note: Blue Lake sends audition representatives out to some of our area high schools. Students may be able to arrange to audition through their schools. 

Special scholarship opportunities are available for piano, winds, percussion, tuba, Euphonium, composition and theater. They are listed on the web site.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
300 East Crystal Lake Road
Twin Lake, MI 49457

You will receive notification of any scholarship award within three weeks of receipt of your application.

Western Michigan University Summer Seminar

Three of our GRYS members attended Seminar last year. It is two weeks at Western Michigan University serving about 135 students in the areas of brass, woodwind, percussion, string, vocal and keyboard. It is intensive with 5-6 classes a day. Scholarships are awarded based on the audition CD/zip file. Returning student scholarships are awarded at the end of the two week seminar for the next year. Acceptances are mailed out after April 1 and include scholarship award amounts.


Merit Scholarships

Interlochen provides partial-tuition merit scholarships for a limited number of its most qualified candidates. No financial documentation is required. Only applicants for admission to programs requiring an audition or portfolio will be considered for merit scholarships. To apply, simply check the box pertaining to merit scholarship on the application for admission. Merit scholarships are not available for one-week Institute programs.

Merit Scholarships for High School Orchestra and Wind Symphony

Emerson Scholars Program: The Emerson Scholars Program awards up to a full tuition scholarship for string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from across the country to attend the high school music division in an orchestral program.

Fennell Scholars Program
: Musicians who excel in woodwinds, brass or percussion are eligible to earn up to a full scholarship. Emerson and Fennell Scholars are chosen from candidates who complete and submit application materials by the priority application deadline of February 1. It is recommended that string, wind, and percussion applicants who require financial aid submit tax documentation in the event they are not selected for this highly competitive program.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

  • web page:
  • There is a long list of general and individual scholarships available with descriptions listed. General applications are due April 1.

Specific to Music are:

Arts Council of Greater GR Minority Scholarship (under general application)

            For student of color from Kent County majoring in the fine or performing arts.


Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship (general application)

Student is a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) and a graduate or undergraduate level student majoring in Music at any college in the U.S. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Gerald M. Crane Music Award Scholarship

Student is a high school music student in Kent or Ottawa County requesting money for music lessons, seminars, workshops, summer enrichment programs, music concerts, instruments, books, vocal music lessons or any other kinds of musical materials. The award money may not be used for undergraduate college tuition.

Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship (general application)

Student is an undergraduate or graduate level student studying the violin, viola, violoncello, or the bass viol. No residency or financial need requirements.

Mathilda & Carolyn Gallmeyer Scholarship

Student is a Kent County resident (5 year minimum) pursuing undergraduate studies in painting/fine arts. Must demonstrate artistic talent, have financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship

Student is a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) studying music at a camp or undergraduate music majors. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Paul Collins Scholarship

Student is an undergraduate level student studying Fine or Applied Arts at Aquinas, Calvin, GVSU, GRCC or Kendall. Must be a resident of Kent County, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, have financial need, and demonstrate artistic talent.

Stulberg International String Competition

Enhanced awards for 2015

  • Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal: $6,000 award and performance with the
    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra or the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
  • Silver Medal: $5,000 award and performance with the
    Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra
  • Pinehurst Bronze Medal: $4,000 award and performance with the
    Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra
  • Semifinalist Stipend: $1,000 each to the nine semifinalists not chosen for medals (must attend Finals performance to receive check)
  • Bach Award: $500 for best performance of solo Bach selection

MPulse Summer, University of Michigan

MPulse provides an opportunity for approximately 200 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). MPulse participants represent over 41 U.S. States and 6 different countries. Nearly half of all MPulse participants are Michigan residents.

GR Musicians’ Union

Two scholarship opportunities.  Under RESOURCES there is a link to scholarship information.

Summer Long Music Programs

The Perlman Music Program