Blue Lake Scholarships

Scholarships are limited and awarded based on the following criteria: Audition or portfolio, arts instructor recommendations and, in some cases, financial need. Students may submit a scholarship audition online at link below, or may audition for a Blue Lake Scholarship Representative.

Please note that special scholarship opportunities are available for advanced students in the following areas:

Strings  Advanced Chamber Orchestra Scholarships
Winds & Percussion Masterworks Scholarships 
Theater Shakespeare Scholarships

Audition requirements for these special scholarships are available below.

You will receive notification of any scholarship award within three weeks of receipt of your scholarship application. Only one Blue Lake scholarship is permitted per student per camp session, but students may replace any lesser scholarship with any greater scholarship earned for the same major/instrument.

A student receiving a Blue Lake scholarship is not automatically registered in a camp session, and a scholarship award does not guarantee or reserve enrollment for a student. A Blue Lake camp application must be completed and sent in with a $200 deposit in order to be enrolled. The camp application and deposit may be submitted prior to or after you receive notification of scholarship.

Please be aware that all Blue Lake enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a scholarship award does not guarantee a place in camp. Because enrollment can fill very quickly, it is in your interest to submit your camp application as soon as possible, even if your scholarship materials have not been submitted. Any scholarship earned after enrollment will be credited to your account.

If you are auditioning at your school or dance studio, the Blue Lake scholarship representative will ask you to complete an application and will collect it from you at that time. If you are submitting your audition or portfolio review online, you will find instructions below. Students receive notification of any scholarship received within three weeks of receipt of application materials. If you have questions, contact the Blue Lake scholarship office at 231-894-1966 ext. 202, or email scholarships@bluelake.org

Instructions for submitting your scholarship application online:

  • Complete the form entirely. Make sure you are demonstrating your best work. Review your materials carefully before submitting.
  • For Instrumental, voice, theater, and dance auditions: Video recordings are accepted (e.g. MP4, WMV, MOV). Do not use any form of editing or acoustic altering effects in your recording.
  • For Art portfolio reviews: Image files (e.g. jpg) are accepted.
  • Smaller file formats are preferred; there is a 10GB limit per submission.
  • Each item should be its own file (e.g. solo, images, etc). Files must be clearly labeled with your name, artistic focus area, and description. For example:
    • ReneeFleming_Voice_Solo.wmv
    • JoshuaBell_Violin_Scales.mp4
    • PabloPicasso_Art_PortfolioSamples.jpg

 

Submit Scholarship Application

The Merit Scholarship program offers general scholarships for all disciplines to students who qualify. There is no deadline for these scholarship applications. However, camp enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audition Requirements:

Instrumental: solo or etude (accompanied or unaccompanied) and three major or minor scales demonstrating your instrument’s range. No Guitar or Sop Sax

Vocal: a short series of vocal warm-ups demonstrating vocal range, and a prepared solo (accompanied or unaccompanied)

Theater: brief monologue of your choice; and a musical excerpt if auditioning for Musical Theater      

Art: portfolio review includes photos of three to four original works. Include a variety of media if possible

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 allegro. Make sure the dancer’s body stays in the video frame at all times.

Dancers seeking a scholarship to assist with summer camp tuition can audition at a free Blue Lake Masterclass, or submit a video audition. There is no deadline for these scholarship applications, but camp enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

2019 Dance Scholarship Audition Locations

Video Audition Requirements:

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 allegro.

These Scholarships are specifically for advanced string musicians seeking membership in the Advanced Chamber Orchestra program. Audition materials for advanced strings seeking ACO membership are due February 28th. Advanced Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass students have the opportunity to secure membership in Blue Lake’s Festival Orchestra and Advanced Chamber Orchestra. Blue Lake’s Advanced Chamber Orchestra, offered in Sessions 1, 2, and 3 only, is comprised of qualified string students (grades 7 – 12) who have successfully auditioned in advance. The instrumentation is limited to 5 1st violins, 4 2nd violins, 3 violas, 2 celli, and 1 bass each session. Learn more by visiting our Orchestra page.

Students who wish to audition for the ACO should submit their audition, a completed camp application, and a deposit of $200 no later than February 28. For this special program, students will be initially enrolled in Blue Lake's Orchestra Program until audition results have been finalized. Audition results will be mailed within several weeks. Students not accepted into the ACO will be given the option to remain enrolled or withdraw without penalty. However, auditions will not be considered without the completed application and deposit on file.

Audition Requirements:

  • Include 4 scales (at least three octaves), using a variety of bowings and 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 the following Orchestral Excerpts, found at https://bluelake.org/ACOexcerpts
    1. For Sessions 1 or 2 ACO, include the orchestral excerpts used for Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State High School Orchestra auditions.
    2. For Session 3 ACO, include the orchestral excerpts used for MSBOA All-State Middle School Orchestra auditions
 

These Scholarships are specifically for advanced musicians seeking membership in the Masterworks Orchestra program. Audition materials for advanced winds and percussion seeking Masterworks membership are due February 28th. Offered in Sessions 1 and 2 only, the Masterworks Orchestra is comprised of qualified students (grades 9 – 12) who have successfully auditioned in advance. Learn more by visiting our Orchestra page.

Instrumentation for Session 1, Borodin: Piccolo, 2 flute, 2 oboe (1st doubling on English horn), 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 2 trumpet, 3 trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp

Instrumentation for Session 2, Dvořák: Instrumentation: 2 flute (2nd doubling on piccolo), 2 oboe (1st doubling on English Horn), 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 2 trumpet, 3 trombone, tuba, timpani

Students who wish to audition for the Masterworks Orchestra for Session I or Session II should submit recorded audition, completed camp application, and a deposit of $200 no later than February 28. For this special program, students will be initially enrolled in Blue Lake's Band Program until audition results have been finalized. Audition results will be mailed within several weeks. Students not accepted into this program will be given the option to remain enrolled or withdraw without penalty. However, auditions will not be considered without the completed application and deposit on file.

Audition Requirements:

  • 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

The Shakespeare Scholarship Program offers young thespians with an interest in studying Shakespeare’s works an opportunity to receive a significant scholarship toward camp tuition as a Shakespeare major. Learn more by visiting our Theater page. Auditions are due February 28th.

Audition Requirements:

  • A dramatic / serious Shakespearean monologue; approximately 2 minutes.
  • A comic Shakespearean monologue; approx. 2 minutes.
  • A statement explaining your interest in studying Shakespearean acting.
  • A 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

Blue Lake’s 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, camp enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of the scholarship may vary depending on need and availability of funding. A Financial Need scholarship does not include or cover the required $200 deposit, or optional minor fees.

You will be notified by mail if a scholarship has been awarded. It is up to the parent to then submit camp registration and deposit by the deadline indicated in your award letter. Please note that these scholarships have an expiration date, and if you do not enroll by that date, the scholarship will be awarded to another candidate. A student receiving a Blue Lake scholarship is not automatically registered in a camp session. A Blue Lake camp application must be completed and sent in with a $200 deposit in order to be enrolled. All Blue Lake enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a scholarship award does not guarantee or reserve enrollment for a student.

A Financial Need Scholarship application may be submitted through the mail (click HERE for the printable form), or online (click HERE). If you need assistance, please contact the scholarship office at 231-894-1966, or 800-221-3796 ext. 202.

Requirements:

  • Include a recommendation Letter from current Arts Teacher or Private Instructor.
  • Include your recent District Solo & Ensemble rating sheet, OR a video audition or samples of portfolio. If you have already auditioned at school by a Blue Lake representative, you do not need to submit an audition.

    Instrumental: solo or etude (accompanied or unaccompanied) and three major or minor scales demonstrating your instrument’s range. 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; and a musical excerpt if auditioning for Musical Theater

    Art: portfolio review includes photos of three to four original works. Include a variety of media if possible

    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 allegro. Make sure the dancer’s body stays in the video frame at all times.

  • Include verification of Social Services (including case number) if you are receiving benefits; OR verification of income (including W2 information) if you are currently employed