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, and composition. Scholarship amounts range in value from $2,000 to $6,000 annually ($8,000 to $24,000 over four years) and are renewable each year. These scholarships are open to all students regardless of major. 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. Exceptionally talented musicians will also be considered for the Christiansen Scholarship of $28,000 annually ($112,000 over four years).

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Scholarship Deadlines

For the Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 live audition dates, the application deadline is Nov. 8, 2019.

For the Feb. 16-17 live audition date, the application deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.

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 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 scholarship becomes part of a larger financial aid package.

Application Process

Vocal and/or Instrumental Applicants

  1. Apply and be accepted to Concordia.
  2. Prepare an audio recording. (Your high school music teacher may be able to help and cellphone 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 upload a separate recording for each performance area (maximum of three areas).
    • Piano – Two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire
    • Voice or Vocal Music Education – A classical art song, aria, or other solo and ensemble appropriate piece with piano accompaniment
    • Brass, Woodwinds, Strings or Instrumental Music Education – A solo, etude, or other solo and ensemble appropriate piece demonstrating your performance ability
    • Percussion or Instrumental Music Education – Two solo selections with melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments
  3. Complete the music scholarship online application.

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, as well as a resume.

Selection

Finalists will be invited for a live interview and audition on the scholarship day of their choosing. If you select one of the Moorhead dates below, you will also have an opportunity to:

  • attend band, choir, and orchestra concerts/rehearsals
  • observe classes
  • visit with faculty
  • have the option of an overnight stay with a student host

Finalists will select a live audition date from the list below:

  • Dec. 6, 2019, in Moorhead
  • Dec. 13, 2019, in the Twin Cities
  • Feb. 16-17, 2020, in Moorhead

If you are interested in majoring in music, you may choose to 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). The Bachelor of Arts in music (a general music program often paired with another major) does not require an entrance audition.

Music Scholarship Finalist Audition Requirements

Types of Scholarships

Concordia College Music Scholarship ($8,000-$24,000 over four years)

(Details outlined above)

Christiansen Scholarship ($112,000 over four years)

A select number of Christiansen Scholarships of $28,000 per year are awarded annually to students who compete at one of our audition events. Because of its significant value, the Christiansen Scholarship replaces all other application and merit aid awarded to the recipient. However, awards and scholarships based on financial need may still be awarded in addition to the Christiansen Scholarship.

Conductor’s Choice Music Scholarship ($8,000 over four years)

The Conductor’s Choice Music Scholarship 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 and private lessons. Students who receive this scholarship are not required to audition for the Concordia College Music Scholarship but are encouraged to do so to increase their award.

  • $8,000 ($2,000 per year up to four years) guaranteed
  • Award may be increased by participation in the music scholarship audition process outlined above
  • Recipients are automatically qualified as a finalist for a larger music scholarship (No recording required!)

You are automatically eligible to receive this scholarship 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
Conductor’s Choice Application Process

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, etc. If you have already received a Conductor’s/Faculty’s Choice Scholarship in the mail, begin your application for the music scholarship and upload a photo of the scholarship in lieu of a recording.

  • If you are awarded a music scholarship of a higher value, that scholarship will replace the Conductor’s Choice or Faculty’s Choice Scholarship. Students must apply and be admitted to the college to receive these scholarships.

Faculty’s Choice Music Scholarship ($8,000 over four years)

Like the Conductor’s Choice, the Faculty’s Choice Music Scholarship 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 live audition events. Students who receive this scholarship are not required to audition for the Concordia College Music Scholarship but are encouraged to do so to increase their award. This scholarship requires private lessons but does not require participation in a major ensemble.

  • $8,000 ($2,000 per year up to four years)
  • Award may be increased by participation in the music scholarship audition process outlined above
  • Recipients are automatically qualified as a finalist for a larger music scholarship (No recording required!)

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