BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin International Music Festival is accepting applications for its music institute scholarship.
The festival is the recipient of a $200,000 endowment fund gift from The Bingham Charitable Trust for Maine student scholarship. Following the wishes of the late William Bingham, the award allows all accepted young Maine musicians who play violin, viola or cello to attend the six-week summer institute with full tuition scholarships, according to a news release from Daniel Nitsch, executive director of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
From the time of his youth until the end of his life, Bingham enjoyed playing the violin. Although his father strongly discouraged Bingham’s early love of the instrument, Bingham persisted. Throughout Bingham’s life, his violin served not only to delight him and his friends but as solace in difficult times.
Bingham’s gift now encourages young people to pursue their own love of music, regardless of financial circumstances.
To apply, visit bowdoinfestival.org. The festival has waived all application fees for Maine residents.
The Music Institute priority application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. For those who miss that deadline, applications will remain open for the Instrumental, Composition, Wind Fellowship, and Collaborative Piano programs until all studios are filled, although application fees increase. Those who miss Monday’s deadline should submit their application by Friday, Feb. 10.
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