The Defiant Requiem Foundation’s University Residency Project provides financial assistance to qualifying academic institutions to present the Foundation’s hallmark concert/drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín or the chamber music concert/drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer.  (More details can be read about both concerts on this website.) Over a dozen universities, colleges, and conservatories have been able to enrich their communities by presenting one of these powerful performances or by hosting a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary film Defiant Requiem.  The University Residency Project also offers, in conjunction with a performance or film screening, master classes, teacher workshops, seminars, Q & A sessions, and/or panel discussions surrounding the inspirational story of cultural resistance in the Terezín concentration camp (Theresienstadt) during WWII.

As a means of providing Holocaust education through the lens of composers, musicians, artists, and all those who were touched by the immense significance of music and the arts while imprisoned in Terezín, The Defiant Requiem Foundation grants are designed to assist academic institutions with direct programming costs that may include additional musicians, venue or equipment costs, audio visual, and other travel or approved engagement expenses. 

Grant awards can range up to $10,000, but grant confirmation is contingent on an evaluation of the application with a full description of requested expenses.  For more information regarding a concert performance, film screening, or other programming at your academic institution, please contact Sean Kehoe at or call The Defiant Requiem Foundation office at 202-244-0220.  

An initial questionnaire form can be downloaded below as the first step in securing a University Residency Grant.  Once a completed questionnaire is received, Foundation staff will be in touch.  

Download Preliminary Questionnaire – University Residency Project

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Once completed please send to with the subject line University Residency Project Completed Questionnaire.