Step One: Submit

The deadline to submit applications for 2022 scholarship awards is midnight, Wednesday, March 23.

Submit a complete application ELECTRONICALLY, VIA EMAIL ONLY.

VCS typically provides two scholarship awards of $2000 each, but amounts may vary.

A complete application consists of:

  1. A completed and signed Scholarship application data form (Click here)
  2. Statement of your career aspirations and motivation for studying music. Consider the following when preparing your statement (no more than 2 pages)
    • What does the study of music mean to me and to the world?
    • Why do I plan to study music in the next phase of my education?
    • What type of degree or program am I seeking to enter, and why?
    • What special qualities or experience do I have which will make me the
      best candidate for the scholarship?
  3. Official High school or home-school transcript(s), showing courses taken and grades
  4. At least one, but no more than three, letters of recommendation, written by someone familiar with your skills and talents. Recommendation letters can be from one of the following:
    • Vocal coach or instructor
    • High school choir or group ensemble director or teacher
    • Church choir director
    • Other entity such as a music camp or special program director

Be sure that all documents submitted have your name affixed.

Please attach all forms to an email addressed to, with a cc to, and submit no later than midnight on March 23, 2022. Please contact Kaye Darone at or call or text 757 329 2767 if you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your email submission. All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Step Two: Audition

The committee will contact the top applicants to schedule an audition, which consists of two parts. First, finalists must submit a video of an individual vocal performance, which should be of a quality typically be required by a college program admission process. No particular genre is required; you may submit anything that best showcases your talents. Please be prepared to provide access to your videos via a cloud drive or other available source, since media files tend to be too large to attach to email.

Secondly, after the video files have been received and reviewed, the panel will contact you and set up a short interview, either virtually or in person. The panel will ask several questions in order to get a sense of your experience and commitment to study music.

All applicants will be notified of the results shortly after the audition. If you are not chosen to audition, you will also be notified.

Step Three: Recognition

Scholarship award winners are typically recognized on our website, or by other means such as press-releases in local media. You will be asked to provide a head shot photo to include in these communications (you must approve for release).

We also love to showcase our winners at one of our performances, although this is not a requirement to receive the award. This year’s performances are scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2022.