Music Scholarships

A Music student performs in "Guys and Dolls."

Photo by Peter Mundale

Music Scholarship Information for Prospective Students

Each year, the department awards talented and deserving incoming freshmen and transfer student music scholarships.

These awards recognize incoming students who display outstanding potential for participation in the Music Department’s primary music ensembles. These scholarships are awarded in Choral, Band, Orchestra, Piano/Keyboard, Theory/Composition and Jazz. Awards range from $8,000 to $16,000 over four years ($2,000 to $4,000 per year).

All of these scholarships are open to all music majors. All music scholarships may be combined with other academic scholarship offered by the University.

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To receive a music scholarship, you must:

  • be an incoming student who has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Duluth

  • perform a live or virtual audition on voice or instrument and in the case of Theory/Composition submit an original composition or arrangement. 

  • Complete the music department application process.

Selection Criteria

Music Scholarships are given to incoming students who display potential for contributing to the tradition of outstanding ensembles and music making at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Scholarship Deadlines

The scholarship deadline is May 1st. If you need to request an accommodation for this deadline, please contact Dr. Paula Gudmundson.

Continuation of Scholarships

All scholarships are renewable for students enrolled as full-time music majors for up to 8 semesters providing that the student is maintaining satisfactory academic progress and participating in the assigned ensembles as indicated on the scholarship contract, and taking applied music lessons in the area of the scholarship.