Cutler-Sametz Choral Arts Scholarship

Talented incoming singers to Lehigh of any major are eligible to apply for the Cutler- Sametz Choral Arts Scholarship program, which totals $10,000-$20,000 over four years and voice lessons. This four-year scholarships named in honor of Robert B. Cutler, director of the Lehigh Glee Club from 1954-1979, and Steven P. Sametz, Director of Lehigh Choral Arts from 1979 to the present. This is a merit-based scholarship, including a stipend and voice lessons. Choral Arts Scholars sing in University Choir during their time at Lehigh. Choral Arts Scholars also participate in the Glee Club, Dolce, or the Choral Union for at least four semesters.

There is a two-step audition process for those interested in Lehigh’s Cutler-Sametz Choral Arts Scholarship program.

1. The initial application is due January 10. This includes:

           a) A recording of two solo classical works (art song, aria, chanson or Lied); it is preferable that one of these be in a language other than English

           b) A letter of recommendation from a vocal or choral teacher

2. Based on the initial application, finalists will be invited to come to Lehigh’s campus for an interview with Professors Sametz and Lee. This will include singing (it may be the pieces sent in part 1), and sight-reading.

In cases where travel would be a hardship, interviews via Skype are possible. The personal interview is preferred when possible.

The application for the Cutler-Sametz Choral Scholarship is in addition to the normal application for acceptance to Lehigh. Awards of scholarships are included in the applicant’s letter of acceptance in April.

For a complete description of the application process and the required forms, please visit the Merit Scholarships Webpage.

We’d like to hear from you! To get in contact with a member of Lehigh Choral Arts, please fill out this form

For assistance, please contact Sun Min Lee at the following email address:

Download our Scholarship Brochure here

The Cutler-Sametz Choral Scholarship is renewed each year, provided students maintain at least a 2.8 average at Lehigh University.


Cutler-Sametz Choral Arts Scholarship Recipients

Scholars by year accepted in the program
Christopher Delp
Christopher Frisco
Meredith Pinckney
Elizabeth Ruch
Elizabeth Stock
Matthew Ilardi
Raina Savitsky-Schankel
Gelsey Bell
David Farrell
Genevieve Jones
Lori Desai
Lauren Van Hoesen-Salvo
Elizabeth Luber
Melissa Alexander
Timothy White
Brian Conover
Amanda Cook
Kathleen Rooth
Emily O’Koren
Stephanie Gardner
Nathaniel Medford
Jeffrey Zubernis
Caitlin Katrinic Brown
Jena Viviano
Ryan Butler
Alex Chen

Dongyun Shin
Richard Michi
Amanda Curry
Elijah Ohrt
Sara D’Iorio
Sarah Dudney
Claudia Kolanovic
Nadine Clopton
Brian Logsdon
Jillian Cowles
Casey Durso
Amanda McHale
Owen Davies
Heather Keyser
Josh Venick

Teufel Family Vocal Arts Scholarships

Supported by a generous gift by Anne and Bob Teufel ’59, these scholarships are offered to students to defray costs of voice lessons. Open to undergraduate members of the University Choir only. No application process is necessary.


Shabaker Family Vocal Arts Scholarships

Supported by a generous gift from Robert H. and Sarah H. Shabaker Family Endowment Fund. This is a merit-based award to a member of the Glee Club on an annual basis. No separate application is needed.