Given over three years, the award aims to support violin playing at the highest level


The Louisville String Academy, part of the University of Louisville, has been awarded $240,000 over three years by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation – a Houston-based body, which aims to support classical violin study at the highest level. The grant will go towards student scholarships, expanded performance opportunities and the hiring of guest artists.

‘The goal of the Louisville String Academy is to train and inspire these dedicated students and to prepare them for professional performing careers,’ said director of the pre-college institution, Brittany MacWilliams. ‘We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Starling Foundation to grow our programme.’

The Louisville String Academy is one of very few university string programmes to receive support from the Starling Foundation, including the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the Indiana University String Academy. MacWilliams also received the first Dorothy Richard Starling Teaching Fellowship in 2001.

Photo: University of Louisville School of Music

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