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Scholarship + Music Grants

Every year, the Peninsula Music Festival offers one college scholarship, and five summer music study grants to students who reside in Door County.

The Peninsula Music Festival’s George Verheyden Memorial College Scholarship is a $3,000 award presented each spring to a graduating senior in Door County. The recipient must be an outstanding music student who demonstrates great ability as a performer, shows dedication and a sustained interest in music, and wishes to further his/her musical studies by pursuing an undergraduate major or minor in music.


The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select one winner. At the end of each academic year, beginning with the completion of the Freshman year, the recipient will be expected to furnish the Scholarship Committee with a written progress report and proof of registration for the following academic year showing a continuation of their major or minor in music. Upon receipt of this progress report, PMF will issue the first of three $1,000 installments of the award. PMF will issue the remaining installments following receipt of the progress reports after the Sophomore and Junior years. Scholarship recipients must use the money for educational expenses. NOTE: PMF retains the right not to select a winner in years where applicants don’t meet the scholarship criteria.

To Apply: Please DOWNLOAD and complete the application form and provide the following information:

  1. An essay outlining your qualifications, musical accomplishments, academic achievements, college plans, and other suitable information.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a music professional.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your high school principal.
  4. Copies of your high school transcripts. PMF must receive all materials by May 1 of the calendar year. We will notify the winner on/by June 1.

Mail to: Peninsula Music Festival Attn: Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 340 Ephraim, WI 54211


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Emerging Conductors
Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program

This acclaimed program provides aspiring conductors with training and exposure to a professional symphony orchestra.

The Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program offers broad experience in all aspects of orchestral conducting and administration to enhance skills and define career goals.


Professional Resume
Undergraduate degree in Music Performance
Master’s degree in Conducting
Currently enrolled in or recently completed a Doctoral Program in Conducting
Adaptability, self-motivated, ability to work under pressure, and strong communication skills

Artistic Responsibilities
Be available to the Music Director and Conductor
Observe all rehearsals and provide input as requested
Attend all performances
Be available to the Music Librarian
Assist with the distribution and collection of parts and scores
Assist with bowings
Participate in Civic Engagement opportunities to discuss your background and career goals

Administrative Exposure
Meet with leadership and staff for exposure to…
Business Operations
Marketing and Public Relations
Box Office Management
Community Relations
Crisis Management

Please check back for updated application materials.


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As an equal opportunity employer, PMF strongly believes that diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are essential to our success, and we strive to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment for all.

PMF does not discriminate based on any protected status under federal, state, or local law. We encourage individuals of all identities and abilities to apply.

For information or future consideration, please EMAIL a cover letter and resume (PDF or Word attachments only). You may also mail to Peninsula Music Festival, Attn: Operations and Box Office Administrator, P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, WI 54211