I am raising money to fund my study abroad trip to Graz, Austria. I have been accepted into the Lieder studio of the American Institute of musical studies (AIMS).
Final Airfare: $811.53 is paid!
Final Tuition: $1,395.00 is paid!
AIMS was founded in 1969 to provide singers with the opportunity to learn about and audition for the European opera system. Initially located in Freiburg, Germany, the program moved to Graz in 1971 to take advantage of the city’s well-established cultural calendar, convenient transportation system and excellent performance venues. In 1985, the focus of the program expanded to emphasize vocal technique, choosing repertoire appropriate for the voice, perfecting audition techniques and building other skills required for a professional music career. Since its founding, AIMS singers have found jobs in European opera houses every year and many attribute their early success to their experiences at AIMS.
As a non-profit organization, AIMS is supported by the extraordinary work and passion of many volunteers, and the support of thousands of donors, Graz citizens who support and attend the concerts, the City of Graz, and the Province of Styria.
The Founders of AIMS devoted many years of personal effort to make the programs of the American Institute of Musical Studies available to young musicians. There were five Founders although many others made invaluable contributions to the program in the early years. Richard Owens served as Executive Director from 1969 to 1984 and Nora Sands, Irma Cooper, Cornelius Eberhardt and Harold Heiberg each served more than 35 years.
The concept of a summer course of study for singers is attributed to Richard Owens and his wife, Nora Sands. Richard and Irma Cooper were singing in Germany and became acquainted with each other and with Cornelius Eberhardt. Although Richard and Irma had returned to the USA to assume positions as professors of voice, Richard at Baylor University and Irma at The Ohio State University, the idea of a summer program continued to be compelling and became a passion they wanted to pursue.
I have been slacking on this, Here is an update though!
Scholarship - $3,000.00
WMU Scholarship - $2,000.00
Application Fee - $250.00
Tuition Deposit - $550.00
Final Tuition - $1,395.00
WMU Scholarship - $1,000.00
Final Airfare - $811.53
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