Music Scholarships

Each year, we honor talented first-year and transfer students with our music scholarships. These four-year scholarships are awarded in voice, piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, organ, and composition. Music scholarship amounts range in value from $2,000 to $6,000 annually. We also offer a select number of Christiansen Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 per year to exceptionally talented musicians. Both of these scholarships are open to all students regardless of major and utilize the same application process below. These scholarships are stackable with Excellence Scholarships. Please note that you may be required to take private lessons and join one of our major music ensembles in the area of your scholarship.

Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarships are still available for Fall 2021! Though the primary deadline of Jan. 1 has passed, students may still be considered for music scholarships. Eligibility is dependent on current position in the admission process. Please contact Kristen Kocher to check on your options before applying.

Eligibility

To receive a music scholarship, you must:

  • be an incoming student who has been accepted for admission to Concordia
  • exhibit excellence in vocal or instrumental performance and/or composition
  • submit a music scholarship application, musical resume, and an audition recording

The scholarship is guaranteed through your sophomore year and is renewable for the junior and senior years provided continual recommendation by faculty. Music scholarships cannot be combined with other talent scholarships (visual arts, speech, or theatre), but students will be given a choice of which to accept if offered multiple talent scholarships.

Application Process

Vocal and/or Instrumental Applicants

  1. Apply and be accepted to Concordia.
  2. Prepare a video recording. (Audio recordings will be accepted if video recordings are not possible.) Your high school music teacher may be able to help, and cell phone recordings will likely be sufficient. If you are applying in more than one performance area, you only need to submit your online application one time. However, you will be able to submit a separate recording for each performance area (maximum of three areas).
    • Audition/Recording Requirements can be found here.
  3. Prepare a music resume (resume example).
  4. Complete the music scholarship online application.
  5. Following the submission of your recorded audition, a virtual meeting/interview with music faculty will be scheduled for Jan. 9 or 10. If you have a conflict with those dates, accommodations may be available by request.

Composition Applicants

  1. Apply and be accepted to Concordia.
  2. Complete the music scholarship online application.
    • Application must include one to three composition scores and/or recordings.
  3. Prepare a music resume (resume example)
  4. Following the submission of your audition, a virtual meeting/interview with music faculty will be scheduled for January 9. If you have a conflict with that date, accommodations may be available by request.

If you are interested in majoring in musicyou may have your music scholarship audition also act as an audition for acceptance into one of our professional music degree programs (music education, performance, or composition). Degree audition requirements can be found here. In order to have your scholarship audition count as your degree audition, you need only review the degree audition requirements and prepare the appropriate repertoire/materials, and then submit those materials in the scholarship application. No additional audition is necessary. The Bachelor of Arts in Music (a general music program often paired with another major) does not require an entrance audition. Please contact Kristen Kocher if you have questions about degree auditions.

Conductor’s Choice Award ($4,000 over four years)

The Conductor’s Choice Award is available for students of any academic major and recognizes talented students that we wish to include in our music program through required participation in major ensembles.

  • $4,000 ($1,000 per year up to four years) guaranteed
  • Award may be stacked with a music scholarship attained through the audition process outlined above, as well as Excellence Scholarships

You are automatically eligible to receive this award if you have participated in any of the following:

  • A high-school All-State/Honors ensemble
  • Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir
  • Lutheran Summer Music program
  • Community-based auditioned ensembles, such as:
    • Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota
    • Angelica Cantanti
    • Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
    • Minnesota Youth Symphonies
    • Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras
  • Any similar approved auditioned activity

In order to receive the Conductor's Choice Award, please contact Kristen Kocher at kkocher@cord.edu and present proof of participation in one of the above-listed qualified ensembles or a similar auditioned community group. Examples of proof include a concert program, letter from your ensemble director, acceptance letter, etc. 

Faculty’s Choice Award ($4,000 over four years)

Like the Conductor’s Choice, the Faculty’s Choice Award is available for students of any academic major and recognizes talented musicians whose area is outside of a large ensemble (composition, guitar, piano, music technology, etc.). It is awarded by a faculty member outside of the process of our music scholarships outlined above. This scholarship requires private lessons but does not require participation in a major ensemble.

  • $4,000 ($1,000 per year up to four years) guaranteed
  • Award may be stacked with a music scholarship attained through the audition process outlined above, as well as Excellence Scholarships

*Please note: If multiple Conductor’s Choice or Faculty’s Choice awards are received, only one is able to be included in your financial aid package.

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