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Lift Every Voice has two goals: To create a space for students of vocal music in the Lake Cumberland region, and to provide a scholarship for those who cannot currently afford private lessons. 

Students in 6th-12th grades are eligible to apply for the program if their family's income meets the Income Eligibility criteria set out by the National School Lunch Program. To check that, see this link.

Our application remains open year-round and students are accepted on a rolling basis. If chosen, students will receive and commit to weekly private voice lessons, at no cost to them. Lessons will be held at Flashback Theater's Educational Center in downtown Somerset, KY. Virtual lessons are available for students who cannot attend in person. 



Amanda Balltrip currently teaches privately at Flashback Theater’s Education 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.

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 and gender identities. 


Fill out this google form. Applications are accepted year-round; there is no deadline to apply. 

Application Checklist: 

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





Lift Every Voice is funded by the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Toyota Alumni Fund, the Cornelia Dozier Cooper Grant, and Watershed Arts Alliance.

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