Earn a scholarship to help with camp tuition!
Blue Lake scholarships are limited and awarded based on the following criteria: Audition or portfolio, arts instructor recommendations and, in some cases, financial need. You will receive notification of any scholarship award within three weeks of receipt of your application. Only one Blue Lake scholarship is permitted per student per camp session, but students may replace any lesser scholarship with a greater scholarship earned for the same major/instrument.
A Blue Lake scholarship award does not guarantee or reserve enrollment for a student. An electronic application, which includes payment authorization for a $275 deposit, must be confirmed by Blue Lake’s Admissions Office in order to be fully enrolled. The electronic application and deposit may be submitted prior to or after you receive notification of a scholarship.
Blue Lake enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Because enrollment can fill very quickly, it is in your interest to apply to camp as soon as possible, even if your scholarship materials have not been submitted. Any scholarship earned after enrollment will be credited to your account.
The Merit Scholarship program offers general scholarships for all disciplines to students who qualify by audition and application. There is no deadline for these scholarship applications. However, camp enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Financial Need Scholarship Program offers students who may otherwise be unable to attend camp due to financial constraints an opportunity to apply for assistance. Scholarships are limited and based upon application and family income status. There is no deadline for these scholarship applications. However, funding is limited on an annual basis and camp enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A Financial Need Scholarship application may be submitted online, or through the mail (click HERE for the printable form). Please contact the scholarship office at 800-221-3796 ext. 202 with questions.
Significant scholarship assistance is available for students who qualify for the Blue Lake Camerata program in sessions 1 and 2 (formerly Advanced Chamber Orchestra). Visit Orchestra for more information on this special program. Student violins, violas, celli, and basses are selected via video audition, with preferred placement auditions due by February 28th, and second round auditions due by March 28th.
Significant scholarship assistance is available for students who qualify for the Wind and Percussion section of the Masterworks Orchestra in sessions 1 and 2. Visit Orchestra for more information on this special program. Student woodwinds, brass, percussion, and harp are selected via video audition, with preferred placement auditions due by February 28th, and second round auditions due by March 28th.
Significant scholarship assistance is available for theater students who qualify for the Shakespeare Scholarship. Visit Theater for more information on the Shakespeare program. Candidates are selected by video audition, with preferred placement auditions due by February 28th, and second round auditions due by March 28th.
The following items will be required as you complete the application form:
- Personal contact information
- Your school district name and mailing address
- Questions relating to your arts background
- Your school arts teacher and/or private instructor name and email address
- Your prepared link to your video audition (for musicians, dancers, and actors) or portfolio presentation (for visual artists); or indication that you have or will be auditioning for a Blue Lake Scholarship Representative (either virtually or in person).
Instrumental, voice, theater, and dance auditions: Only video will be accepted. At the beginning of your video, state your first and last name clearly, along with your age and arts discipline. For example: “My name is Renee Fleming, I am 14 years old, and I am a vocalist.” Do not use any form of editing or acoustic altering effects in your audition. You will be asked to submit a link to your video (i.e. from your Google drive, Dropbox, YouTube, etc.). Only one link can be submitted, so make sure that your link contains all criteria for your audition.
Creative Writing and Art portfolio reviews: You will be asked to provide a link to your digital portfolio (i.e. from your Google drive, or Dropbox, etc.). Make sure your presentation is clearly labeled with your first and last name, and artistic focus area. Only one link can be submitted, so make sure that your link contains all criteria for your portfolio review.
How to Upload a File and Share Your Link
In order to provide us a link to your audition video or portfolio, you will first need to upload your video to YouTube or a cloud storage site. You may use any cloud storage platform to share a link to your file (e.g. OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc). Make sure the privacy settings/permissions are set so that our reviewers can view your video without an account or login.
We recommend you select “Unlisted” as your privacy setting. Our reviewers will only be able to view your video if it is Unlisted or Public. You’ll be able to copy a link to share, which you can paste into the scholarship application form.
Written steps: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2424368?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd9x5lPACB8
When sharing the link, make sure the permissions are set to “Anyone with the link” so that our reviewers will be able to view it. You’ll be able to copy a link to share, which you can paste into the scholarship application form.
Instrumental: solo or etude (accompanied or unaccompanied) and three major or minor scales demonstrating the best of your abilities. Guitar and soprano sax are not eligible for Merit Scholarships.
Vocal: a short series of vocal warm-ups demonstrating vocal range, and a prepared solo (accompanied or unaccompanied).
Theater: brief monologue of your choice 1-2 minutes in length; and a musical excerpt if auditioning for Musical Theater.
Dance: A brief classical or contemporary combination 1-2 minutes in length, along with demonstrations of 1st arabesque en l’air, la seconde position tendue a terre and en l’air, and the following combinations: adage, pirouette, and petite allegro. Make sure the dancer’s body stays in the video frame at all times.
Art: portfolio review includes photos of three to five original works. Include a variety of media if possible.
Creative Writing: portfolio review includes samples of three to five original works. Include a variety of genres if possible.
Additional Items for Financial Need Applicants: 1) Recommendation Letter from current Arts Teacher or Private Instructor; 2) Verification of Social Services (including case number) if you are receiving benefits; OR verification of income (including W2 information) if you are currently employed; 3) Most recent District Solo & Ensemble rating sheet (optional).
- Include 3 scales (at least three octaves), using a variety of bowings and articulations. Include at least 1 minor scale.
- Include 2 movements, accompanied or unaccompanied, from current repertoire that demonstrate at least two contrasting styles.
- Include the following Orchestral Excerpts, found at Placements
- Include 4 scales (full range of instrument), using a variety of articulations. Include at least 1 minor scale, and the chromatic scale.
- Include 1 selection, accompanied or unaccompanied, from current repertoire that demonstrates at least two contrasting styles.
- Include 2 Orchestral Excerpts for your instrument. Consult your private instructor or teacher for assistance in locating appropriate excerpts. http://orchestraexcerpts.com/ is a useful resource.
- Percussionists: Audition recordings should include three major scales the full range of any mallet instrument, and a demonstration of proficiency on snare drum, timpani, and any mallet instrument through appropriate exercises, etudes, orchestral excerpts, or solo literature. Suitable excerpts can be found here: http://www.orchestralibrary.com/reftables/audrep.html
- A dramatic / serious Shakespearean monologue; approximately 2 minutes.
- A comic Shakespearean monologue; approx. 2 minutes.
- A statement explaining your interest in studying Shakespearean acting.
- Letter of recommendation from your theater teacher and/or director endorsing your acting ability and citizenship.
Auditions will be evaluated on the following key elements:
Vocal clarity (diction and support); clarity of character and circumstance; a clear, effective, and appropriate dramatic structure; grounded and meaningful physical choices; comic timing and honest emotional connection, respectively