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Don't miss out on an incredible week of education and harmony July 21 - 28, 2019

We will respond to every applicant on or before March 1, 2019. If you apply and are NOT granted a scholarship, you will still have time to register for Harmony University at the early bird rate.

All scholarships include:

  • Food
  • Housing (double occupancy)
  • Access to educational materials
  • Shuttle to and from airport
  • Everything you need for your week at HU

Travel to Nashville is not included.

Available Scholarships

We offer several types of scholarships for Harmony University (HU) participants:

For First-Time Music Educators:

Music Educator Scholarship

Financial Need First-Time Scholarships:

Robert & Judy Brown Scholarship

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

All scholarships are open until filled. Find out what's right for you, and fill out an application today!

Front-Line BHS Directors

40 available; awards made weekly

Education Hu Tag General Session

"Front-line" means the person listed as the director on your chapter database.

There are two scholarship opportunities for front-line BHS chorus directors:

The Front-Line Director Scholarship

  • This scholarship is not for your assistant director or music team member, or the person that may direct you in the future…just your listed front line director.

The Jim Miller Scholarship

  • This scholarship is provided for educational advancement in directing barbershop music. A strong candidate for the Jim Miller Directors’ College scholarship must have a strongly rooted conviction for improving the people under his or her tutelage in the areas of technique, musicality, and stage presence while always keeping in mind how his or her actions effect the preservation of the barbershop style.
  • To be considered for the scholarship, please submit a one or two page essay explaining what barbershop means to you and how you plan to preserve barbershop for the generations to come while not compromising the style.

Youth Chorus Directors

One available; award made before 3/1/2019

Sponsored by the Association of International Seniors Quartet Champions (AISQC), this scholarship is available to directors of youth choruses.

Music Educators

40 available; awards made weekly

Education Hu Class Mixed

This is intended for teachers who are working in a school, as a music teacher, especially first-time attendees that teach choral music in a classroom setting. It is not intended for college students who wish to be a teacher in the future, or for people with a degree in music who are not in the classroom.

These scholarships will cover:

  • Food
  • Housing at Belmont
  • Instruction
  • Shuttle pickup and return

We do NOT cover your transportation to Nashville, but once you get here, your stay is all inclusive.

This scholarship is open until filled, OR until May 1, 2019.

HU offered educational opportunities at the level of ACDA and NAfME, with a focus on barbershop harmony. Yet even with the barbershop focus, I learned so much information that I can take back to my high school choir program!

— Past HU Attendee

Robert and Judy Brown Scholarship

One available; award made before 3/1/2019

The Bob and Judy Brown Scholarship was formed to honor the Barbershop singing careers of Bill Park, Dick Crockett, “Bo” Allen, Lloyd Erickson, Conrad “Connie” Keil, and Ken Pacetti. Funds are awarded through Harmony Foundation.

These scholarships will cover:

  • Food
  • Housing at Belmont
  • Instruction
  • Shuttle pickup and return

We do NOT cover is your transportation to Nashville, but once you get here, your stay is all inclusive.

To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a up to date member of the Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Be active and involved in their chapter.

Earl Moon Scholarship

One available; award made before 3/1/2019

The Earl Moon Scholarship is for BHS members who are first time HU attendees and strong chapter servants.

The Whittier Choralaires, the Whittier Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society and The Far Western District, established a Memorial Endowment Fund in the name of legendary Barbershopper, Earl Moon. Earl was the Choralaires' director for more than 25 years and his long-standing reputation as a premier faculty member at Harmony University is known to anyone who has ever attended Harmony University. Earl was not only a great quartet coach, chorus director, arranger and teacher, but also a true champion of the Joe Barbershoppers of the Society.

To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a up to date member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for at least three years.
  • Be active and involved in their chapter.
  • Have never attended Harmony University and is likely not to otherwise have the opportunity to do so.
  • Be expected to personally benefit from attending Harmony University.
  • Be recommended by the Chapter President or Immediate Past President.
  • Have had their candidacy for the scholarship approved by their chapter's Board of Directors
  • Have submitted this application no later than Monday, February 18th, 2019

Grand Central Red Caps

Four available; awards made before 3/1/2019

After winning the famed New York Barbershop Quartet Contest In the Park, the Grand Central Red Caps were automatically qualified to compete at our 1941 international convention. Reflecting unfortunate race relations of the time, SPEBSQSA denied participation to the quartet because they were black.

That decision was unjust and wrong. It does not reflect who we are today, and certainly does not reflect who we wish to become.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is committed to honoring the African-American roots of our singing style. Further, the BHS is increasing its commitment to become radically inclusive.

The Grand Central Red Caps Endowment has been established to provide scholarships and other supports to encourage the broadest possible participation of promising barbershop singers, music educators and directors of color. An initial $50,000 commitment by the Barbershop Harmony Society and a $50,000 gift to Harmony Foundation International from Dr. Bart Campbell of Nashville launched the initiative.

These four (4) scholarships are intended to encourage the broadest possible participation from four individuals to join us for a week of instruction at Harmony University. We hope to assist promising barbershop singers of color, music educators of color, and or directors of color. Men and women of color are encouraged to apply.

This generous gift includes:

  • Registration for Harmony University
  • Meals during Harmony University
  • Housing at Belmont during Harmony University (if needed)
  • World-class instruction at Harmony University
  • Airport pickup and return (if needed)

Currently, the scholarship is unable to fund transportation to and from Nashville, but once you get here, your stay is all-inclusive.

Larry Ajer Scholarship

Four available (for one quartet); award made before 3/1/2019

This scholarship is for a Barbershop Harmony Society registered Quartet that has been together for at least two years.

Please only have one entry per quartet (not each person...yes, it happens).

This application closes on Monday, February 18th, 2019

The quartet that is awarded $3,200 in tuition will be announced by the end of February 2019.

A piece of this application is to send a video of your quartet performing a song of your choice. Please email a YouTube link to harmonyu@barbershop.org AFTER you've submitted this application.

Next Generation Mixed Chorus

60.5 available; awards made weekly

Education Next Gen Class

For young men and women ages 18 - 25, based on financial need. No experience required!

The focus of this scholarship is financial need... not because you are a younger person. These 60 half-scholarships will reduce your tuition from $975 to $487, and will cover:

  • Food
  • Housing at Belmont
  • Instruction
  • Shuttle pickup and return

Thank you for supporting me with a scholarship to attend Harmony University. I am currently studying to become a music educator. The learning experience in both the Next Gen Chorus and the classes were more than beneficial to my education. I learned so much this summer and will apply this knowledge to help with my future teaching! The classes piqued my interests in overtones and harmonic structure. All classes were fantastic; a few of my favorites included Tune It or Die, Fix Tonal Center and Flatting for Good, and Ring Chords Like Never Before. I cannot thank you enough for the amount of musical and personal growth that this week provided.

— Sylvester Stroud, HU Attendee

Rich Knight "LEAD the Way" Scholarship

One available; award made before 3/1/2019

The Rich Knight "LEAD the Way" Scholarship is for BHS-registered quartet lead singers who wish to improve their skills.

Rich Knight is the lead of the BHS 1993 International Quartet Champions, The Gas House Gang, and is a member of the 4-time BHS Gold Medal Chorus Champions, the Ambassadors of Harmony. He is a long time Harmony University faculty member and has coached quartets and choruses world-wide.

Rich knows that barbershop is far more than a hobby. It is THE art form and community that has impacted his life in immeasurable ways and he wants to see that impact on future singers and their communities. By creating an endowment fund, Rich is helping ensure education for future quartet leads to grow musically. He hopes this experience will help the scholarship winner (and his quartet) return home and give back what he has learned at HU. Rich firmly believes that promoting excellence in singing and bringing emotional impact to performances will allow the quartet to have a greater impact on other singers and their audiences.

The Rich Knight "Lead the Way" scholarship will consider candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • The LEAD singer in a registered quartet of two (2) or more years in the Barbershop Harmony
    Society
  • An active member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for three (3) or more years
  • Preference for applicants who attend as part of the Quartet College with the rest of their quartet
  • Preference for applicants under the age of 35
  • Preference to applicants with financial need
  • Preference to applicants who can show they will share this knowledge in their home community after attending HU

This generous gift includes:

  • Registration for Harmony University
  • Meals during Harmony University
  • Housing at Belmont during Harmony University (if needed)
  • World-class instruction at Harmony University, as part of the Quartet College
  • Airport pickup and return (if needed)

Currently, the scholarship is unable to fund transportation to and from Nashville, but once you get here, your stay is all-inclusive.

The application window is now open and closes on Monday, February 18th, 2019.

Peggy Leon Scholarship

One available; award made before 3/1/2019

The Peggy Leon Scholarship is for women in any barbershop organization.

Peggy Viermann Leon is a retired music educator and Harmony University student.

As a lifetime member of NAfME, a member of ACDA, the Orff Schulwerk Society, an assistant director in a Sweet Adelines International chorus, and an associate of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Peggy has held many music leadership positions at the regional , local and chapter levels. She serves as an adjudicator, mentor to new teachers and is active in barbershop outreach. Peggy has a passion for working with young people in schools and her community to spread the joy of singing.

Peggy knows first hand the power of music and especially singing in harmony with others. She wants more women to experience this joy and has established this scholarship fund with Harmony Foundation to do just that!

Her goal for this scholarship is to help promote and foster sharing between the women's and men's barbershop style organizations in the world. Peggy believes that quality barbershop education is not limited to any one organization.

As an attendee at educational events of several barbershop organizations, she recognizes the impact Harmony University can offer to women who are musical leaders that want to grow in their understanding of Barbershop, teaching and directing skills. After Harmony University, students can share the information learned with their home chorus as they continue to improve their barbershop skills.

Lou Perry Scholarship

You could be one of the talented arrangers that earn a scholarship to attend Harmony University!

Arrangers: The Lou Perry Scholarship Program contest continues. Receive pre-paid tuition to Harmony University by creating the best original arrangement. We welcome applications from talented people of any age who may not yet be accomplished arrangers but who show good musical skills and future potential.

Contest Rules

Entries shall consist of three elements:

a) Your arrangement. Finale is preferable, or Sibelius, XML or pdf; hard copies are also accepted.

b) A copy of the sheet music (pdf preferred);

c) A letter discussing your musical background, arranging experience, performance of your arrangements, and any other relevant information about your barbershop involvement.

Contestants need not be members of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Each contestant may submit only one song/arrangement.

  1. All arrangement entries must be arranged in the barbershop style (see hallmarks listed below). The musical scope may include contest song/arrangements, or arrangements that might be heard on a BHS chapter show.
  2. Arrangements must be based on the original sheet music, not on another arrangement, and the arrangement must be noticeably different from any existing arrangement.
  3. The arrangement must be your original work, with no assistance or consultation with other arrangers.
  4. Arrangements submitted in prior Lou Perry scholarship competitions are ineligible, as are previous contest winners, or those who have had an arrangement published by BHS or any commercial publisher.

Hallmarks of the barbershop style include:

a) Four-part harmony in a mostly homophonic texture;

b) Melody primarily in the lead voice;

c) A preponderance of major triads and dominant seventh chords in strong voicings;

d) Appropriate use of typical embellishments (swipes, echoes, back time, patter, tag etc.)

e) Limited use of neutral syllables (doo-wop style).

Entries will be judged on:

  1. Song selection (1/3). Does the song lend itself to arranging in the barbershop style?
  2. The caliber of the arrangement (2/3). By current standards, how good is the arrangement?

Contestants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in arranging in the barbershop style; evidence of creativity and imagination are desirable.

Committee members will provide each contestant with a review of his or her arrangement.

Entries must be received by March 1, 2019.

Entrants are encouraged to send their entries via e-mail, either in music software such as Finale, Sibelius or XML, or as PDF files. Otherwise, send hard copies by regular mail to:

Dr. Rob Campbell

PO Box 9335

San Diego, CA 92169

RobCampbell@aya.yale.edu

International Scholarships

For Canadians, and those outside of the United States

Canadians, click here to apply for "Sing Canada" assistance.

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For Barbershoppers outside of the U.S. and Canada, our friends at the World Harmony Council can provide help for you to get to Harmony University, too! Learn more here.