The Chanlan Lee Scholarship for Violin Summer Camps at PIMF

In memory of PIMF Alumnus and Outstanding Violinist, Chanlan Lee

On December 19, 2008, Chanlan Lee, age 8, passed away from viral encephalitis. He is remembered as a vibrant, intelligent, and musically driven young boy. His passion for playing the violin was certainly unique, and with the help of his mother, Catherine, he excelled beyond his years. Chanlan was the youngest scholarship student at the Nelly Berman School of Music. He performed at every major concert and event in which the school participated.

Teachers, students, and families of NBS were touched by Chanlan and his fervor for musical achievement and passion for the beauty of violin.  As a second grade student in the Gifted Program at Lower Merion’s Gladwyne Elementary School, he achieved outstanding academic recognition, including selection as a Davidson Young Scholar by the Davidson Institute for the Talented Development of the Profoundly Gifted.  His talents extended well beyond the classroom.  He won First Place in the 2007-08 Silver Knight Competition and earned the Platinum Medal for Violin in the 2008 Nelly Berman 25th Golden Key Competition held at the prestigious Kimmel Center. In his precious eight years of life, Chanlan followed many of his passions and accomplished much in a short time.

Chanlan Chi Hung Lee attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival in 2006. He was an outstanding violinist and an exceptional soul. With a heart for music and a mind for the practical, Chanlan was concerned (even as a young child), that others like him – in love with music and the world – might not have the funds available to participate in music education programs.  Consequently, he performed his own “fundraisers,” donating the income to a local music school to help less fortunate, young music lovers pursue private study. It is in Chanlan’s memory that we proudly offer this full, two-week Philadelphia International Music Festival music camp scholarship as a Day Camper.

Students may enroll in other programs offered by the Festival, including the Extended Day and Residential programs, and private lessons with our world-class faculty. Half and Full Scholarships do not include private lessons. Private lessons may be purchased for any program at $90 per lesson.

Who May Apply?

Violin students between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age.

This scholarship cannot be applied toward the Solo Performance Preparation or Chamber Music Intensive programs.

Application Requirements:

Click here to fill out PIMF on-line scholarship application form followed by a 250-300 word essay on the topic
“Why I Love to Study Violin.” Send composition via e-mail to:

A winner will be chosen after May 31, 2019, and notified by June 4, 2019.

Scholarships will be applied to any Two-Week program tuition.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019