Deadline: March 1, 2012
This scholarship was established by Mr Sven Stenbäck in memory of his wife Maida Stenbäck née Saunders, a New Zealander who loved and had some talent in the performance of classical music. Funding for the scholarship is made available through the Kiwi Music Scholarship Trust.
The purpose of the scholarship is to assist outstanding New Zealand musical performers or conductors who have completed, or are completing an honours or masters degree in musical performance in New Zealand to continue their musical development either overseas or in New Zealand. The scholarship will be awarded for classical instrumental performance (including vocal performance) or conducting.
Applicants will be New Zealand citizens and preference will be given to students who are normally resident in New Zealand.
Applicants will have completed the requirements for an honours or masters degree in musical performance (including vocal performance) or conducting at a New Zealand university, or an equivalent musical qualification, and will provide supporting evidence of excellence in musical performance and achievement. This will require a CD of the applicant in performance (see Guidelines for applying) – http://www.nzvcc.ac.nz/scholarships/kiwimusic
In very exceptional circumstances an application from a candidate without honours (or equivalent) may be considered.
Notwithstanding the criteria for this award, the final decision will be made by the Trustees giving overriding consideration to the candidates’ ability and their potential to succeed in their field. In the case where there is more than one application of sufficient merit then the committee may award taking into account each candidate’s individual financial situation.
The scholarship is available for up to three years according to the course of study. Continuation of the scholarship is dependent upon positive reports from the scholar’s teacher or supervisor. The scholar will be required to report directly to the Trustees on a regular basis. The course of study must be commenced in the year that the award is made i.e. the year of application.
The funds available for the scholarships in any year will generally be in the range $50,000-60,000. Funds awarded may be used for travel, tuition fees and other expenses approved by the Trustees. The scholar is expected to devote him or herself to study on a full-time basis during the tenure of the scholarship.
The scholarship may be tenable with other scholarships, but account will be taken of the aggregate circumstances of the scholar and of the desirability of using available funds to best advantage.
Candidates shall enter for the scholarship on an application form available from the Scholarships Office at the candidate’s university or the NZVCC. The closing date for applications is 1 March.
The application should be accompanied by:
(a) signed NZVCC privacy form;
(b) a birth certificate or other evidence of citizenship;
(c) a certified copy of the candidate’s academic record;
(d) original or certified copies of other awards and achievements relevant to the scholarship;
(e) the names of two persons who will be forwarding to the scholarships office a written assessment of the candidate’s musical achievements to date and potential for further development;
(f) a statement of the candidate’s proposed programme of study and, if possible, evidence that the candidate would be accepted by the institution offering the programme;
(g) a budget of expected costs;
(h) any other evidence that the candidate judges relevant to the application including a recording of the applicant in performance (see Guidelines for full details).
The scholarship Selection Committee will consider applications and a selection meeting will take place in April/May.
The Selection Committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.
The constitution of the Selection Committee shall be:
Convenor, appointed by the Trustees of the Kiwi Music Scholarship Trust
One person appointed by the Trustees of the Kiwi Music Scholarship Trust
Other persons appointed by the NZVCC with expertise in musical performance.
Applications close with the Scholarships Office, Graduate Research School on 1 March.
Full regulations, application forms and guidelines are available from the NZVCC website: www.nzvcc.ac.nz