FAQs

What Scholarships are available?  Most BCPAI Scholarships are “Merit Scholarships” for music student between the ages of 8-18 who already show  talent in their chosen instrument. These are not financial aid awards – but monetary scholarships awarded to students who have been selected following an audition in front of a panel of professional judges. Annual auditions are held every April for scholarships for the next school year.

What about college scholarships? In some years, a graduating high school senior, who will be a performing arts major, is awarded a college scholarship to aid in the cost of their first year in college.

Are BCPAI programs free? BCPAI programs and classes are fee-based activities. However, the fees are based on a sliding scale that allows lower income families to pay a reduced tuition. In some cases, a BCPAI scholarship includes free tuition for participation in a specific class.

Who administers and teaches BCPAI programs? Most BCPAI programs are administered and supervised by the Hellyer Performing Arts Center In Bensalem, PA. Programs that are outside their service area are contracted to other performing arts schools. BCPAI require that all teachers have professional degrees and/or credentials and must pass background clearances.

What is the relationship between BCPAI and HPAC? The Bucks County Performing Arts Institute is a non-profit organization to which donors can contribute and receive tax deductions for their donations.  They contract the Hellyer Performing Arts Center to administer programs within their service area.

Must Scholarship Recipients study at HPAC? BCPAI receives donations from various sources. Some is designated for specific use and is considered “restricted” while other funds are “non-restricted” and used as determined by the Board. Funds that are raised by the performances of HPAC students are designated to be applied 80/20 for HPAC students and others. Monies raised through other sources are open to all who qualify based on their audition.

What Performances are scheduled each year? VOICES of Bucks County does 3 major events each season. In December they perform a Holiday Show or Concert with Orchestra (sometimes “Messiah” or and original show). The original shows include actors. In late winter/early spring they perform a major classical concert – usually in partnership with another choral group and/or orchestra. The first Saturday in June is the Annual “Meatballs & Music” Scholarship Dinner Show, which is a musical revue. The children’s groups such as Voices jr and “Acting Out” are sometimes included in these events. They can also have their own recitals for the public. VOICES of Bucks County also performs for civic events and other functions. For a guideline of fees versus Pro Bono work call the office. (215) 757-7775.