My name is Abigail Wyatt. I am a graduating senior at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. I am pursuing my dream of becoming an opera singer. Once I graduate with my Bachelor of Music degree in May I want to pursue my Master’s in Opera in Germany.
Tuition in Germany is free, even for Americans. However, I will not be allowed to work with a student visa. Instead, the German government requires I put the equivalent of $10,000 per year into a special bank account to cover living expenses - $20,000 for the two year program.
I take eight classes each semester and work two jobs – I am the soprano section leader at Los Altos United Methodist Church and I am also a barista at Starbuck’s. Since my course load is so heavy I work as much as I can, but the hours are not enough to support myself. Thankfully my parents help as much as they can, and I have taken out student loans every year to cover the rest.
This school year I lost all financial aid. Fortunately, my parents were able to pay my tuition and living expenses. But because of this they are not in a position to fund my Master’s study in Germany. I have been very upset about this but my parents urge me to not give up my dream.
So, in addition to the variety of ways I’m trying to earn extra money I am looking for Patrons. Long ago musicians were funded by Patrons who offered financial assistance to further the arts. I am asking anyone who supports the arts to consider becoming a Patron. Anything helps and I will be grateful for any help people can provide. I am offering various perks for those who participate as a way of saying thank you for your generous support.
Whether or not you are able to participate, I would ask one other favor. Please share my Patronage request with others. The more people know about my dream the more likely I am to be able to fulfill it.
Thank you for your attention, your consideration, and your kindness.
$20 FB shout out
$50 Digital copy of Brindizi
$100 Digital copy of Sullivan Ballou
$500 Digital copy of Abby’s Senior Recital
$2500 I will perform a recital for you and your guests