Help me study abroad in Italy!

Hi everyone! I know that this message will reach many people who have helped me throughout my matriculation at Oakwood University, so again I say thank you for all that you all have done in order to push me across the finish line as a member of the Class of 2017.

For those who may not know, I will soon be receiving my Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy. I will then be pursuing my Masters degree at the University of Kentucky, but I am taking a gap year before I begin my studies there. During this gap year, I have decided to devote a great deal of my time to building upon my voice by way of participation in vocal programs that foster artistic growth for young musicians and create networking opportunities.

A few months ago, I sent in audition recordings to participate in the Brancaeloni International Festival,  set in Piobbico, Italy. The intensive, 2-week program consists of piano, voice, strings, and chamber music, "taught by internationally renowned artists and teachers who hold positions in Asia, Europe, and the United States' premier conservatories, universities, and opera houses."  Thankfully, I have been accepted! Now, to get there. The fees and details for this trip are listed below. 
You can find more info about the festival here!

TUITION: 1,999 USD. This includes lessons, coachings, daily Italian language classes, masterclasses, concerts, practice facilities, presentations, day trips, transportation from and to the Bologna airport and concert venues.

FLIGHT: After research, I have found that a round trip from D.C. to Italy is approximately 900-1,200 USD.

HOUSING: 375 USD. This would cover my 2-week stay at a fully equipped student apartment.

DEPOSIT: 500. This fee is to reserve a spot for me before all of the fees are paid in full. 

I have also factored in the GoFundMe fee that takes in 8% of the donations. 

I will be accepting donations until the end of July! If you desire to help through a different medium, you can facebook message me or email me at [email redacted].

I hope that you will find it in your hearts to help me pursue this academic venture! Every dollar and share means the entire world to me and would assist in my growth process as an emerging artist. God bless!


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Candace Williams 
Huntsville, AL
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