The Berkshire Music School has some good news regarding scholarship programs! 

According to a news release, the school is enhancing its scholarship program to support musicians of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience.  

Newly appointed Board of Trustees President Christine Condaris says she doesn’t want financial circumstances to keep students from taking music lessons... 

BMS is committed to making it possible for everyone to participate in music lessons, regardless of their financial circumstances.


For the 2021-2022 academic year, Berkshire Music School is offering increased need-based financial aid for private lessons, as well as competitive talent- and merit-based scholarships to attract the most talented and promising musicians in the region. 

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Students accepted into BMS Talent & Merit Scholarship Program will benefit from:  

  • Generous financial assistance (up to 100% tuition)  
  • Invitations to participate in exclusive masterclasses with guest artists  
  • Audition coaching and workshops  
  • Complimentary tickets to performances at BMS and other venues  
  • Performance opportunities throughout the Berkshires including individual and group recitals.  

As a former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a jurist of the International Bach Competition... I am very excited about finding and supporting the most talented students in our region and providing them with a musically rich environment in which to develop their skills at the Berkshire Music School. ~ BMS Trustee Cecylia Arzewski 


Auditions for the program will be held by appointment on Wednesday, August 25 beginning at 10 am for a panel of professional musicians. Auditions are open to the entire community, and musicians do not have to be a current BMS student in order to be considered. BMS encourages people of all ages and diverse backgrounds to audition for these scholarships.  

Here is what a student needs to know if they want to audition: 

Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform the following: a scale and etude of musician's choice; movement from a sonata or a movement from a concerto, or comparable piece.  

Vocalists should be prepared to sing two songs in contrasting styles and/or languages. 

Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform without accompaniment; vocalists may perform to pre-recorded accompaniment that they provide. BMS will not be providing an accompanist. 

To make an appointment, musicians should submit a personal statement including training and performance background, and a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with his or her work. Submissions and inquiries may be emailed to Executive Director Natalie Johnsonius Neubert at 

In addition to the 21 named scholarships established throughout the school's history, BMS will be introducing three new scholarships which include the Milton Fink Scholarship, the Tracy R. Wilson Scholarship, and the Peter M.N. Tague Memorial Scholarship. 

Visit the BMS website for more information HERE. 

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