Enrichment Programs

Marianne Lauffer, Director
The Conservatory offers a variety of summer music camps for toddlers to teens. Students with or without previous musical experience are eligible to attend. A separate brochure detailing the 2014 summer camps will be available in January. Resident middle-school, high-school, and adult programs are offered through Westminster Choir College Continuing Education; call 609-924-7416 or go to www.rider.edu/woce.

The Conservatory offers a flexible eight-week session for private instruction in all instruments, depending on availability of instructors. Students often enroll in summer lessons to try out a new instrument or to get extra coaching and practice. The 2014 summer session runs from June 23 to August 15. Registration forms will be available in all Conservatory locations by May 19, 2014.

This scholarship was established in Spring 2011 to honor Ena Bronstein Barton, the head of the piano department at Westminster Conservatory, member of the piano faculty at Westminster Choir College, and internationally acclaimed performer. Each spring, Conservatory piano teachers will nominate students in grades 9 through 11 who have studied with them for a minimum of two years. The student must be a talented and hardworking pianist—an all-around musician who studies theory and/or a second instrument at the Conservatory and exhibits the community spirit of the Conservatory. A panel of Conservatory piano teachers will review the applications and choose the recipient. The scholarship winner will receive a $200-per-term tuition remission to apply toward their piano study at the Conservatory in the following academic year.

This scholarship was established in Spring 2008 to celebrate the memory of Paul W. Hofreiter, Conservatory piano teacher and composer. Each spring, a composition student will be nominated by their Conservatory teacher, and a Conservatory committee will review the applications and choose the recipient. The scholarship award will be applied toward the winner’s music study at the Conservatory the following academic year.

Esma Pasic-Filipovic, Coordinator
This annual competition offers Conservatory students an opportunity to perform with the Westminster Community Orchestra. In the fall of 2013, Conservatory wind, string, and adult voice students who were registered with the Conservatory for the prior academic year (September through May) are eligible to participate with a recommendation from their private Conservatory teacher. Next fall (fall 2014) the competition will be open to piano students who are recommended by their private Conservatory teacher. Winners of the Concerto Competition will be featured in performances with the Westminster Community Orchestra. Competition applications and guidelines will be available in the main office by September 1, 2013.

Marvin Rosen, Coordinator
At the end of the fall term, faculty members may nominate outstanding students who have studied for the full fall term to compete for a Conservatory Scholarship Award for their private instrument or composition study. Scholarship winners are selected through a competitive audition by a panel of judges and receive a $200-per-term tuition remission to apply toward their private study in their nominated instrument/composition at the Conservatory for the following academic year.

Tracey Chebra, Coordinator
In the spring term, Conservatory high school students who are taking private voice lessons or are in the Westminster Community Chorus or Young Artist Program are invited, based on a recommendation from their teacher, to participate in the annual Teen Voice Competition. The winners receive gift certificates for the Westminster Choir College bookstore and the opportunity to perform in a recital the day following the competition.