About the program: Lift Every Voice has two goals: Create space for students of vocal music in the Lake Cumberland region, and provide 2 six-month scholarships for students who cannot currently afford private singing lessons.


Students in 6th-12th grades are eligible to apply for the program. Only students who cannot currently afford private singing lessons will be considered. If chosen, students will receive and commit to 24 weekly 30-minute voice lessons to begin in September, at no cost to them. Lessons will be held at McNeil Music Center in Somerset, KY, unless it is unsafe due to COVID-19 or unless the student does not have the transportation means to make it to Somerset. In which case, they will take place via Zoom. 


The program’s name, Lift Every Voice, comes from the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This name was chosen in support of lifting our voices against injustices, and to continue bringing our community together through song. 


This scholarship is an equal opportunity for students of all races, gender identities, and sexualities. 


About Amanda: Amanda Balltrip currently teaches privately at McNeil Music Center in Somerset, KY, as an adjunct faculty member at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and as a faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in the Vocal Music discipline. She hails originally from Harlan, KY and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from the University of Kentucky. Most recently, she was heard as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Flashback Theater in Somerset and as the soprano soloist for the Lexington Singers’ Brahms Requiem. In 2017, she appeared as a guest artist with Morehead State University to perform the role of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and made her solo debut at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center (NYC) singing the role of Elizabeth in Angela Rice’s Thy Will Be Done with the National Chorale. 


Internationally, Amanda has performed in Montréal, Canada with the International Vocal Arts Institute, as an Alltech Scholar with The Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, and in Bogotà, Colombia where she performed a recital of electro-acoustical music for the new music festival, En tiempo real: nuevos espacio sonoros.


Amanda was a Kentucky District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 after she was recognized with the Encouragement Award in 2006, 2007, an award she earned again in 2015. She was also awarded the second place graduate prize in the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition, which provided her full tuition and a stipend for her master’s degree.


Amanda currently resides in Somerset and is a passionate arts advocate. She proudly serves as President for Watershed Arts Alliance in addition to teaching and performing regionally.


How to apply:  Fill out this Google Form by August 22nd, 2020.


Application Checklist: 


[  ] Apply with a parent, guardian, or mentor. 

[  ] Statement of Financial Need

[  ] Statement of Accessibility Constraints

[  ] Contact information of a teacher or guidance counselor who knows your work

[  ] A paragraph or video telling us why you want to pursue voice lessons.

[  ] A video example of you singing. 


Your application will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including at least two from outside the Lake Cumberland region. If you have questions or any trouble with the application form, please reach out to Amanda Balltrip at balltripvoicestudio@gmail.com. I so look forward to hearing you! 


Application Due Date: August 22nd 
Finalist Interviews Scheduled on or by August 29th
Lessons to begin in September 















Lift Every Voice is funded by the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Toyota Alumni Grant