Vic Salvo Music Composition Scholarship for High School Students *Deadline September 1, 2015


Scholarship for High School Music Students

2015 Call for Applications

Composers and Schools in Concert, Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship

Composers and Schools in Concert is pleased to announce the 2015 Composers and Schools in Concert, Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship. One high school student will win 5 hours of mentoring sessions with a professional composer and culminate in an ensemble reading of the student’s piece.


Students enter the contest by submitting a video (max 2 minutes) and a draft score. The video will describe the draft score and the motivation behind the music as well as provide an idea for where the music is going and why they would like to take part in this program.

The draft score will be developed into a finished piece during the course of the mentoring sessions.

The judges are looking for a student with a unique musical voice.

The scholarship applicant will submit two letters of endorsement from a music teacher or music mentor who knows their work.

The winning student will keep a video log consisting of five 1-minute entries after each mentoring session culminating in the final entry after the reading by the ensemble. The video log will describe (in 60 seconds) what the student learned in that session and share how the piece is developing (good or bad!) The final log will be uploaded to a private CSIC YouTube channel after the final reading takes place. This log will be used as a report to the scholarship committee, and it will be edited and added to CSIC’s public YouTube site.


  • The score must be unpublished and never performed
  • The score must be no longer than 3 minutes
  • The score can be any genre of music e.g. rock, classical, jazz, choral, etc.


The winning student will receive five 60-minute mentoring sessions with a professional composer during the winter 2016 plus a video recording of the final piece performed by a live ensemble in spring 2016.

The mentor will be paired appropriately with the scholarship recipient based on the student’s skill set, style and area of musical focus. Mentors are drawn from the CSIC’s member composer roster, which consists of professional composers who are at the top of their field and have applied to work in an educational setting. The mentorship will take place either online, or at an in-person session if geography allows.


Students who will be enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) during the period of October – December 2015 and living within 40 miles of the Sacramento or Stockton, California region. **please note that future scholarships will be open to students nationwide


September 1, 2015 at midnight. Winners will be notified by early October.


Send an email to: with the following information.

Please provide the following information in the email:

  • Use the Subject line “2015 scholarship entry”
  • Address to “Dear CSIC Scholarship Committee”
  • Provide applicant’s information: student’s full name; grade level;  phone number;  email address; one high-res image (informal is okay!); bio (max 200 words)
  • Provide the name and phone number of two individuals submitting recommendations
  • Provide the name, email address and phone number of the student’s guardian (minimum 1)
  • Upload a video (max 2 min.) to a private YouTube channel and provide the link to the video

Please attach the following information (in PDF format):

  • Attach the score
  • Attach two letters of recommendations from music teachers or music mentors
  • Attach one letter from a guardian stating approval of the online or in-person (if applicable) mentoring sessions and approval to post the final edited video on our YouTube site *a formal media release will be required later

For questions about this application please contact Lisa Oman, Executive Director at 707-758-7350 or email

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