Hi Everyone! My name is João and I am a viola student from Brazil.
I was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend Western Illinois University in the fall semester, 2021. There I will pursue a Music Performance degree in viola, studying with the first-class professor Istvan Szabo. This opportunity will be marvelous for my professional future, and the level of education that you can get at a school like WIU is something that you can only dream of in Brazil. Besides, I will be a member of the President International String Quartet - WIU'S renowned string quartet composed of international students, and I will also integrate the school's chamber and symphony orchestras.
I am a hard-working student, and my goal is to be as qualified and educated as I can so that I can become a professional musician and a high-performance teacher so that I can give back to my community in the future.
I started this crowdfunding campaign to help achieve this goal. Even though the scholarship I received is unique and quite generous, its stipend does not cover expenses like housing and food. Due to the financial crisis and Brazilian currency's fluctuations, it is extra-hard to raise money for living expenses in the US - the exchange rates are approximately 5 to 1 ( five Brazilian Reais to one US dollar), and it has gotten near to 6 to 1 a couple of months ago. To illustrate, the monthly minimum wage of a full-time job in Brazil is 1100 Brazilian Reais - 220 dollars. I currently work a part-time job in a young orchestra, getting paid 120 dollars a month,and I try to earn an extra buck teaching English and working at food delivery; while practicing the viola in between. But even saving most of the money and using it only for vital expenses, the amount I'm able to save is very little when it translates to US dollars. That is the reason why I am asking for your support! I will be extremely grateful to each one of you that help me by donating or sharing this campaign.
If you prefer, you may donate directly to my paypal account: [email protected]
Below I will note the main expenses for which I will use the money (must be kept in mind that the international fees gogetfunding charges for Brazil are around 12%):
-Living expenses for at least six months in the US (I intend to get a part-time job on campus within this time frame, but I do not know when or how I will be able to get such job in these post-pandemics times. So I estimated that I should be able to pay for my living expenses for at least six months without a steady income)
-Paying my debt with the violin maker that made my viola.
- Plane tickets and housing for 20 days in Chile for obtaining the US Visa ( American consulates in Brazil are not scheduling visa interviews)
-Visa emission fee.
- A new case for my viola ( my current case is damaged and cannot protect my instrument from the cold weather)
- Basic cold weather clothes.
If you'd like any extra info, or if you'd like to see documents as proof that I received such scholarship, please get in touch with me in the email : [email protected]
Thank you all! Here goes a couple of news reports aired at a national news broadcast in Brazil ( in Portuguese)