Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship Information for Prospective Students

Each year, the Department of Music 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. The awards range from $8,000 to $16,000 over four years ($2,000 to $4,000 per year).

We also offer a half-tuition scholarship in the amount $28,000 over four years ($7,000 per year) All of these scholarships are open to all music majors. The Music Department does award some two-year scholarships that may be renewed at the end of the sophomore year for continuation of that scholarship.

Students may audition for an increase in a scholarship amount depending on academics, musical growth and outstanding contributions to the department. All music scholarships may be combined with other academic scholarship offered by the University.

Register for a Music Scholarship Audition


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 for Fall 2024 is March 2024. If you need to request an accommodation for this deadline, please contact Dee Charles at: [email protected]

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.