Bomhard Fellowships in Music Composition

This unique fellowship offers a graduate composition student the opportunity to earn a Master of Music degree in Music Composition while focusing on composition for voice, with a particular emphasis on dramatic vocal composition. Composers chosen to participate in this program should show both an inclination and an ability to write for the human voice. These awards honor their namesake, Moritz von Bomhard, an early School of Music faculty member who was a gifted composer, conductor, pianist, and opera producer. Moritz Bomhard was responsible for virtually "creating" the Kentucky Opera in its earliest days.


$12,000 per year, plus tuition, and health care benefits. Renewal for a second year is conditional upon successful performance and progress toward a degree. Bomhard Fellows must be enrolled in the Master of Music degree program as Composition majors and must be attending classes full-time during the tenure of the award.


January 15 (annually)


There are no duties attached to Bomhard Fellowships. Recipients are urged to participate in Opera Workshop in a capacity appropriate to their skills, vocal or otherwise.


A complete application for the Bomhard Fellowship includes a letter requesting consideration for the fellowship, a Graduate School application form, two letters of recommendation, official undergraduate transcripts, a portfolio demonstrating the inclination and ability to write for the human voice, and a personal interview.