PSALMIST Scholarships Program
The Diocesan Pastoral Plan called for helping parishes to take small steps in supporting singers and musicians by contributing to tuition costs (Goal B.3). The Diocese offered an initial program of scholarships in 2012 with the announcement of the PSALMIST Program, and has continued the program each year since. The Diocese is pleased to offer funding to parishes for up to fifty scholarships for cantors of the psalm per year.
The purpose is to encourage gifted singers to take up the ministry of cantor of the psalm by subsidising the costs of singing lessons. The scholarships have a flow-on effect in helping to establish the appointment of voice trainers in parishes. Each scholarship is to the value of $200, based on subsidising the cost of ten 30-minute one-on-one lessons with a voice trainer. The balance of costs would be borne by the applicant. Application forms, together with a description of the application process, and Reimbursement Forms are available here.