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Kayoko Dan Conducting Scholarship

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Kayoko Dan invites applications for the Kayoko Dan Conducting Scholarship.

This unique opportunity will allow students to learn score study techniques, orchestra operations, management and leadership skills, and rehearsal techniques.

Recipient(s) will receive:

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Seven lessons with CSO Music Director Dan during the 2018/19 season
  • Access to CSO rehearsals conducted by Dan and by other conductors (with their permission)
  • One ticket to all Masterworks and Chamber Series concerts during the 2018/19 season

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate university student at a regional institution, pursuing a music degree in during the 2018/19 academic year. Applicant must have reliable transportation to the Tivoli Center and Theatre in order to attend lessons and rehearsals, according to a schedule mutually agreed upon by the student and Ms. Dan. Proficiency in English is required.

Application Information

Please complete and submit the following:

  • Application form: Please complete and submit the online form or download, complete, and mail the PDF version, available below.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Please have your reference send this directly to Education & Community Engagement Manager Staci Spring at sspring@chattanoogasymphony.org.
  • Conducting Video: Upload or share a link to a conducting video. If none available, include a video or audio sample of a performance on your main instrument/voice.
  • Introduction Video: Upload and/or share a link to a video in your application that introduces yourself and answers the following questions: Why do you want this scholarship? How will this scholarship help your career? What do you want to learn from this experience?

Applications must be received by June 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the decision by July 9, 2018.

Download the Application (pdf)

Online Application

Kayoko Dan Conducting Scholarship

  • Please upload or include links to a video of you conducting. If none available, please include a video or audio sample of a performance on your main instrument/voice.
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2017/18 Recipient, Katie Shea

2017/18 scholarship recipient Arianna “Katie” Shea was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where she began her musical studies at age 12 when she joined her school’s choir and began taking violin lessons. In high school, Shea played violin in the Mt. Juliet High School Orchestra, Strings of Gold, as well as the school’s smaller ensemble, Chamber Strings.

Upon graduation, she attended Lee University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a vocal emphasis. While at Lee, Shea studied voice with Lenena Brezna and Dale Thomas and conducting with Jonathan Rodgers. In addition, she was a member of Choral Union and the Ladies of Lee as well as the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Currently, Shea is a graduate student at Lee University where she is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting.