Casa Italia | Italian Cultural Center - 3800 Division Street Stone Park, IL 60165

2018 Vocal Scholarship

2018 Vocal Scholarship Competition and Awards Banquet


Once again, the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia is excited to offer a chance for students to participate in a fabulous scholarship and concert event. Building upon our 43-year history of offering scholarship opportunities to young aspiring students; we welcome operatic vocalists of all nationalities and ethnicities to compete for four of our five scholarships. We do require; however, that all audition numbers be selected from the Italian repertoire and written by an Italian composer.

Our 43rd Annual Italian Cultural Center’s Vocal Scholarship Competition was founded by the late Josephine L. LiPuma, a noteworthy operatic talent and Italian Cultural Center Volunteer. The competition will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Center, located at 1621 N. 39th, Stone Park, IL 60165. We will be awarding $7,000.00 in scholarships this year to five talented winners.  Applications and other required information must be received by e-mail at by Friday, October 12, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact us at (708)345-5933 Ext. 2.

Contestants are eligible and encouraged, within age limitations, to compete year after year. They cannot win the same scholarship more than once.

There is a $25 deposit payable on-line,  A full refund of $25 will be issued only if a contestant performs at our competition on October 20 or a written cancelation is sent to on or before October 12.  No other refunds will be allowed.  The refund will take up to 5 business days.

We ask all teachers to pass this information on to your students.  We also ask anyone who knows someone who may be interested to pass on the information.

We look forward to seeing you at our Vocal Scholarship Competition on October 20.



The scholarship recipients will showcase their talents at an incredible concert and dinner on Sunday, November 11 at Casa Italia in the Community Center Mentesana Weber Room. Please join us for this most enjoyable evening to help support this wonderful program.

Wine and cheese will be served at 2:00 p.m., a concert at 2:30 p.m., and followed by dinner at 4:00 p.m.   Tickets are $60.00 per person.  RSVP is a must.

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2018 Scholarships

Josephine L. LiPuma 43rd Annual Vocal Scholarship

$2,000 towards tuition

Nicholas Raimondi 28th Annual Vocal Scholarship

 $2,000 towards tuition

Italian American Executives of Transportation Vocal Scholarship

$1,200 towards tuition

George and Phyllis Muccianti

$1,000 towards tuition

Turano Family Vocal Scholarship

$1,000 towards tuition

Vocal Scholarship Contribution Opportunities Available

We also invite you to help support the arts through your generous contribution sponsoring the Vocal Scholarship program of the Italian Cultural Center. This will enable the Center to award budding opera stars a total of $7,000.00 in scholarships for the exclusive use of continuing the recipients’ vocal education. All other donations are accepted and deeply appreciated. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Core Donors:  Donations of $50.00 or more will be listed and gratefully acknowledged in the program book.  Tax deductible Value of $50.

Sponsors:  Donations of $300.00 or more will entitle sponsors to two tickets to the scholarship dinner. Their names and companies, if desired, will be included in the program book.  Tax deductible Value of $240.

Guarantors:  Donation of $1,000.00. Guarantors will be memorialized with a permanent listing on the Center’s Guarantor’s plaque, in addition to the above mentioned tokens of gratitude.  Tax deductible Value of $960.

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