Gloucester City native, Emma Murphy, recently won a $2,500 Springboard Grant from the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts (BMFA). Emma is a senior at Gloucester Catholic High School.
Every year, four talented individuals or student organizations from the Greater Philadephia region are awarded with these grants to pursue their dreams of excellence in music and the performing arts. Emma joined other grantees at BMFA’s fourth annual Springboard Grant Awards Reception in November, where she received her award.
Emma Murphy, Soprano, 2017 winner, with Stephan Stoeckl (Photo Provided)
Emma, a soprano and aspiring opera singer, has been a dedicated member of the Philadelphia Girls’ Choir for three years, where she’s participated in its annual Opera Camp and regularly takes voice lessons in its vocal conservatory. Emma was a participant in the Opera Children’s Chorus with the Crested Butte Music Festival’s Opera in Paradise, and a participant in 2017 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Choir in Philadelphia.
BMFA Springboard Grant applicants must be of high school through college age and demonstrate how a BMFA grant would make a significant difference in their ability to achieve a specific project or goal. Emma will use her grant to produce the audition pre-screening videos required for her application to seven conservatories, including Curtis, Julliard and others, where she will seek a Bachelor of Music degree.
Emma stood out among 25 immensely talented applicants for the four available Springboard Grants.