Skybird Scholarship

I went to Hummingbird Music Camp... the experience changed my musical life. There are a handful of opportunities in life worth not missing. For me, Hummingbird is one of the first on the list.
- Ulysses Yarbrough, SVVMF Scholarship Recipient

The Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation provides Skybird Scholarships to inspire youth from New Mexico ages 8-14 to attend the Hummingbird Music Camp, a summer music and recreation camp located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.


Nestled in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, Hummingbird Music Camp offers every young musician an opportunity to grow under the guidance of a talented and nurturing staff. This safe and lovingly structured social environment provides a home away from home for young people to express themselves and their talents. Removed from city congestion, campers will sleep in a dorm with new friends, swim in the river, hike to a waterfall and practice their instruments outside.

Students selected for the Skybird Scholarship must demonstrate musical promise, a love of the arts, leadership, compassion, and a strong sense of community. The Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation will provide 1/3 of the camp tuition, 1/3 will be given in-kind by Hummingbird Camp and 1/3 will be contributed by the student. The 2019 camp tuition is $665 per week (plus taxes and fees).

Download the 2019 Skybird Scholarship application here. Application deadline is May 1, 2019.


Skybird Scholarship Recipients

Tatiana Allensworth
Tasmyn Adamson
Huitzil Sol Bennett Perez
Meztlitonali Feliz Bennett Perez
Isabella Berman Chodosh
Lukas Blakeslee
Emily Castro
John Castro
Evan Conn
Jammes Crowther
Miguel Dorado
Charles Douglas Rice
Andrew Drayton Edenfield
Nick Erker
Kaylee Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Maya Glass
Tommy Goslau
Eliza Gray Fowler
Steven Connor Goff
Johanne S. Hansen
Taelyn F. Harjo
Jacob Hausner
Zoe Hausner
Casey Haynes
Ayana Hill-Copeland
Miles Horne
Brianna Hubbard
Landry Johnson

Taryn Johnson
Orion Joseph
Zoe Kountoupes-Wilson
Warren Hugh Kurtnaker
Olan Macejka
Abby Monroe
Olivia Monroe
Jessy Montoya
Alma Moreno
Sam Nelson
Jayden Nez
Irene Pierpont
Leila Pierpont
Avi Pope
Etta Pope
Makai Pope
Liliana Reid
Charles Rice
Sonia Marie Rice
Lia Rivera
Monserat Rodriguez-Rico
Andrea Romero
Angelique Romero
Marisol Romero
Reagan Romero
Kaya Rounds
Nolan Rounds
Sofia Salazar
Olivia Selvage

Reina Selvage
Sky Sessions
Lucille Simpson
Alec Smith
Emylia Smith
Lexington Smith
Chloe Stevens
Michael Stevens
Marisol Struck
Alex Tannaz
Anna Tannaz
Brandon M. Taylor
Jenna M. Thunborg
Kacey E. Thunborg
Eden Tobias
Adriana Torres
Alyssa Trujillo Duran
Reina Trujillo Duran
Donatella Van Orton
Isabel Veitch
Liam Veitch
Zoe Veitch
Marisol Vela
Linus Wang
Lucy A. Wang
Ulysses Yarbrough
Colibri Yellowhorse
Erin Zuments
Katelyn Zuments


velvetcello   velvet_cello__case 

Velvet Cello Scholarship

This one-time scholarship is open to any individual, school or program, serving student(s) ages 8-18. The award is a full-size (4/4) Lewis cello, made in Germany, and includes a hard case and a student bow. The cello has been appraised for $700, and together with the bow and case, has an estimated value of $900.

Applicants should write a short essay of 500 words or less and include a short video up to five minutes long describing and/or showing how this cello would enrich the life of the student or program. Feel free to get creative!  Scholarship deadline is August 1, 2019.  Please send essays and videos (or links to videos) to or 3939 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite 2, Albuquerque, NM 87107.  The Velvet Cello will be awarded on August 15, 2019.  Please include the NAME, PROGRAM (if applicable), and CONTACT INFORMATION (email and telephone) with the essay.

This cello was donated to the foundation by a father whose son played it throughout his high school years and traveled with it through Europe on tour with his Youth Symphony. The son is now living in New Zealand, which turned out to be a little too far to move the cello.  We are so excited to be able to offer this instrument with such a beloved history!


Musical Note Scholarship

The Musical Note Scholarship is a $1,300 award for graduating high school seniors planning on majoring in music at a college, university or conservatory in the United States. Musical Note Scholarships are given to recognize exceptional students and to support them in the fulfillment of their musical potential.

The Musical Note Scholarship is not available in 2019.


Musical Note Scholarship Recipients

Sam Barrett, New Mexico School for the Arts
Elisabeth Greene, Las Cruces High School
John Francis McCarthy, New Mexico School for the Arts
Chynna Pearson, Socorro High School
Danyelle Shuck, New Mexico School for the Arts
Austin Torrez, Public Academy for Performing Arts


Home | Events | Legacy | Scholarships | Donate | Contact


Home | Events | Legacy | Scholarships | Donate | Contact

Purchase Tickets

SkyBird Scholarship Application

Musical Note Scholarship Application