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Music Educator Scholarship

Barbershop is a huge student motivator and a great addition to any classroom. Many educators have told us firsthand that barbershop is life-changing for their students:

“The first time I taught my students a tag they wanted to sing it all over the building, record it, and then learn more (they literally begged me for tags!).”

Come learn how barbershop can positively impact your students!

About this Scholarship

Scholarship includes the Music Educator Seminar, one additional seminar of your choice, access to all electives, and the General Sessions.

To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  1. Be a Choral Music Educator in a public or private school in the U.S. or Canada OR a declared Choral Music Education Major in the U.S. or Canada
  2. Demonstrate need-based on availability of training or funding

Previous scholarship recipients are eligible for a 2021 scholarship.

Chorus Director Scholarship

VHU 2021 is packed with the classes, colleagues, faculty, and excellence you’ve come to expect from your in-person Harmony University experience. This year we are taking advantage of the ability to be online to feature our largest faculty and most varied content yet. In particular, the Director Seminar will be content you’ll use for years to come.

About this Scholarship

Scholarship includes the Director Seminar, one additional seminar of your choice, access to all electives, and the General Sessions.

To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  1. Be a Front Line or Assistant Director of a chorus
  2. Demonstrate need-based on availability of training or funding

Previous scholarship recipients are eligible for a 2021 scholarship.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarship opportunities are available through Harmony Foundation International. To apply for any of the below scholarships, please contact Harmony Foundation International at (615) 571-2776 or donorcenter@harmonyfoundation.org.

  • Earl Moon Scholarship - The Earl Moon Scholarship is for BHS members who are first time HU attendees and strong contributors to the local chapter experience.
  • Larry Ajer Scholarship - This scholarship is for a Barbershop Harmony Society registered Quartet that has been together for at least two years, that is on the "cusp" of making it to a BHS international competition, scoring in the 70's.
  • Bob & Judy Brown Scholarship - This scholarship is based on financial need for a person who would be unlikely to ever afford attending Harmony University. 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.
  • Jim Miller Scholarship - This scholarship is provided for educational advancement in directing barbershop music of a BHS chorus.
  • Peggy Leon Women In Barbershop Scholarship - The Peggy Leon Scholarship is for women from any barbershop organization.
  • Rich Knight “LEAD the Way” Scholarship - This scholarship is for a BHS-registered quartet LEAD singer who wishes to improve their skills. Preference will be given to a lead attending with his or her quartet, but this is not a requirement.
  • Lou Perry Scholarship - Arrangers receive a scholarship by creating the best original barbershop arrangement at Harmony University. Applications from talented people of any age who may not yet be accomplished arrangers but who show good musical skills and future potential are encouraged to apply.
  • Grand Central Red Caps Scholarship - These scholarships are intended to encourage inclusion and the broadest possible participation at Harmony University. We hope to assist promising barbershop singers of color, music educators of color, and/or directors of color.


Alternatively, if you are looking to fund additional scholarships for music educators, directors, and BHS leaders to attend Harmony University, please donate directly to the Barbershop Harmony Society. Thank you for your generosity and supporting the programs that make an impact in barbershop!

The Music Educator and Director Scholarships are provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) which has awarded a grant to the Barbershop Harmony Society, enabling the Barbershop Harmony Society to award these scholarships.