Scholarships, Work-Study, and Financial Options



Early Music America offers scholarships to full-time students.  

The American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players. You don't not to be an ARS member to apply. 

Some Amherst Early Music scholarships are available. Many are underwritten by generous donations from members of the Amherst community:

Violin concertmaster scholarship - to lead the opera orchestra

Voice scholarship - one scholarship is awarded to a singer embarking on a career in early music

Double reed scholarships - two scholarships are awarded to reed players based on financial need. These are sometimes given as half-scholarships and can be combined with work-study.

The Madelyn Cullen Shearin Parkin Historical Dance Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the historical dance program at the Amherst Early Music Festival. For more information contact Marilyn Boenau at

Recorder scholarships - funds are available to assist recorder players who need tuition reduction; please inquire.

Ensemble Singing Intensive scholarships - two scholarships available for a tenor and a bass singer.

To apply for AEM scholarships, send with your application materials a one-page letter to Marilyn Boenau, the Executive Director of AEM, explaining your interest in early music or dance and your goal in attending the Festival.


Work Study

Work-study assistance is also available. There are three sizes of work-study packages, in which you help out with a variety of tasks in exchange for a reduction of your tuition fees. First-time students typically receive between $100 and $200 in work-study aid. To apply for workstudy, please fill out the application on our website.


Budget Room and Board options

We also have ways of reducing your room and board expenses. The standard air-conditioned housing is $375 for the week, but there is also a budget housing option for $175, no a/c and no linens. The meal plan is $175 for the week, but it is optional. You can bring your own food and store it in refrigerators in the dorm lounges. Microwaves are available. A snack bar is open Mon-Fri for breakfast and lunch. At the cafeteria you can pay for individual meals.