At Concordia, we don't let musical talent go unnoticed. Each year, we honor select first-year and transfer students with our Music Performance Scholarships. These four-year $10,000 to $14,000 scholarships are awarded in piano, voice, guitar, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, and composition.
You do not need to be a music major to apply. But we will require you to take private lessons and join one of our 19 major music ensembles. For piano, you will meet your ensemble requirement by serving as an accompanist for the music department.
Dec. 15, 2014: Finalist status letters for students who submitted an application by this date were mailed on Dec. 29.
Jan. 7, 2015: Finalist status letters for students submitting an application by this date will be MAILED on Jan. 16.
Feb. 15-16, 2015: Auditions
To be eligible to receive a Music Performance Scholarship, you must be an incoming student who has been accepted for admission to Concordia, and have at least a 3.0 non-weighted cumulative grade point average. Additionally, you must exhibit proficiency in vocal, instrumental or piano performance. Your initial screening will be based on the Music Scholarship application, musical résumé, two recommendations, and an audition recording.
The scholarship is guaranteed through your sophomore year and is renewable for the junior and senior years provided you maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are recommended by faculty. Most recipients of this award also qualify for additional financial and academic scholarships and grants, in which case the Music Performance Scholarship becomes part of a larger financial aid package.
- Apply for admission to the college for the fall 2015 semester.
- Complete the Music Performance Scholarship application, including the musical résumé and an essay on "How will music impact and be meaningful in your life beyond college?"
- Prepare a high-quality audio recording. (Your high school music teacher may be able to help.) If you are applying in more than one performance area, you only need to submit your on-line application ONE TIME, however, you will be able to upload a separate recording for each performance area (maximum three). Recordings will not be returned. Videotapes will not be accepted.
Piano – Two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire
Voice – A classical art song or aria with piano accompaniment
Brass, woodwinds and strings – A solo or etude demonstrating your performance ability
Percussion – Solo selections with melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments
Composition – Composition scholarships will be awarded ONLY to those students who choose to major in Music Theory/Composition. Applicants should submit: 1) scores for up to three compositions 2) recordings for those compositions, if available, and 3) a list of all compositions with performance dates (this should be included on your résumé). Submitted works should be representative samples of the applicant's best work. Please do not send originals – scores and recordings will NOT be returned.
- You will be asked to submit two letters of musical recommendation from music directors and teachers. Your references will be contacted once you have submitted your application. If they would like to mail or submit an online form before you have submitted your application, please have them contact our scholarship committee.
Submit all application materials electronically, through the online form. If you are not able to complete the online application, you may request a printed copy of the application and send your materials to the following address:
Concordia College Admissions
901 8th St S
Moorhead MN 56562
Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview and an audition. You will perform individually before music faculty. You will also have an opportunity to attend band, choir and orchestra concerts, visit non-music classes, faculty in other departments and have the option of an overnight student host for your stay.