The Joe R. and Joella F. Utley and Streitwieser Foundation Travel Awards

Several awards are given each year to help undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Society's various events in Europe and the U.S. (the annual Early Brass Festival, sessions and other events organized by the Historic Brass Society)

The Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Student Travel Support Award was established at the 23rd Annual Early Brass Festival in Spartanburg, SC, in 2007 in memory of the collector and long-time HBS member Joe R. Utley  It aims to encourage and help college and university students aged 35 years or under, officially enrolled in accredited academic programs and having career interests that relate to the purposes of the Historic Brass Society, to attend the Society’s various events. The Utley Award consists of a student membership in the Society for one year and partial financial support for travel and lodging in an amount determined by the Award Committee.

The Streitwieser Foundation provides travel support for scholars and performers attending and presentiong or performing at the Early Brass Festival. This grant assists those who are no longer full-time students and is especiall helpful for those who are either not affiliated with an institution or whose institutions do not have the means to support their conference travel.

Those interested in applying for either travel award are incouraged to email Jeff Nussbaum for more information on the application procedure.

Past Recipients of Travel Support

2010: HBS-EBF 2010, Northfield Minnesota, USA:
  Bryan Proksch, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

2009: HBS session at CIMCIM Meeting 2009 in Rome, Italy:
   Eugenia Mitroulia, University of Edinburgh, UK
   Hannes Vereecke, University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

2008: HBS-EBF in Loyola University, New Orleans, USA:
   Clint Spell, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

2007: HBS-EBF in Spartanburg, SC, USA (Utley Award first established):
   David Kendall, University of California, Riverside
   Sarah Richardson, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

Utley Awardees Sarah Richardson and Clint Spell (far right) listening to a demonstration in the home of Joella Utley at the Early Brass Festival in 2007.

Application Procedure

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Sabine Klaus, Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Curator of Brass Instruments, National Music Museum, PO Box 190, Landrum, SC 29356, USA, or three months prior to the event the applicant would like to attend.

Application materials must consist of the following documents:

  1. A statement of 300 words or less describing the ways in which your academic interests relate to the history and/or study of brass musical instruments.
  2. Two letters of recommendation written by persons who are familiar with your work and career interests. One of these letters must be submitted on official institutional letterhead by a teacher or professor who can verify your student status.
  3. Your curriculum vitae.
  4. An estimate of the expenses you are likely to incur by attending the respective event, including travel, accommodations, and meal expenses, as well as incidental expenses.
  5. If you will propose a paper for the meeting or session you wish to attend, a copy of the abstract should be submitted to the Award Committee and the respective Program Committee. Including this item in your application is optional but encouraged.

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection

Applicants are notified of the results two months prior to the respective HBS event.

Recipients who do not present a lecture or contribute to a concert may be asked to provide a minimum amount of help with organizational aspects of events, such as assistance with registration, housing, concert or lecture logistics (not to exceed two hours per day).

We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity.