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Choral scholarships

Below is my original inquiry and the responses. Thanks to all!

If you know of any colleges that offer scholarships to sing in their
choral group(s), I would gladly provide a compilation of your replies.
I would like to show my high school students just how many
opportunities there are to sing in a college choir, even as a
non-music major, and receive financial aid for it! Thank you so much
for your replies, in advance.

David Stephenson
Choral Director
Pelion (SC) High School

I know Canisius College in Buffalo New York offers a $2000 renewable
scholarship to sing in their college choir. The students must audition
with a standard art song first by tape then a live audition. My students
have been successful in securing these positions without difficulty but
they read very well and their vocal production is good. They are not
music majors. At one time Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY did a
scholarship for non-majors to perform. I do not know if that program is
still in place. Opportunities for my students have been numerous because
they are musically literate.

Carolyn G. Lokken
Grand Island Senior High School
1100 Ransom Road
Grand Island, New York 14072

My college offers scholarship assistance in the form of tuition discounts
to sing in the College Choir. These are awarded based on auditions and the
needs of the ensemble. At the moment 20 singers in my program are
receiving tuition discounts of $1,000 - $1,500 per year, renewable for up
to four years (as long as they are registered for choir). We don't offer a
music major - only a music minor at the time, so scholarship/discuont
recipient's majors range from Accounting to Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Bill McConnell
St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Laurinburg, NC


St. Bonaventure in upstate New York. My student got $2,000 taken off of
his tuition every year for singing in the choir.

Irwin Goldberg
ESM High School
East Syracuse, New York

We offer choral scholarships at Lambuth University for both majors and non-
majors on the basis of audition for participation in our choral program.
Lambuth is a private liberal-arts school of about 900 students.

I'd be happy to send some of our promotional material by mail if you could
forward your address to me. Hope this helps!

=========================Ross C. Bernhardt, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Lambuth University
705 Lambuth Blvd.
Jackson, TN 38301
office 731.425.3248
fax 731.425.3491
e-mail bernhard(a)

I think it's wonderful that you're interested in showing your students how
what they do in high school in terms of music relates to their college

I hope you will also tell them that just because a school does not offer
scholarships for singing doesn't mean that their ability to sing and their
experiences in high school that show them to be excellent singers and
musicians goes unnoticed, isn't "rewarded" or is unhelpful in the

At many (most) high-calibre liberal arts colleges like Pomona College in
California (where I teach), and the famous New England schools, financial
aid is plentiful, but it is not attached to any skills or merit (this goes
for all disciplines) -- it is based on need only (Pomona has need-blind
admissions). However, students who are especially gifted as musicians (or
in the other arts) are invited to send a recording of their singing (in the
case of choral and vocal music) along with their application. These
recordings are sent to me; I listen to each and every one and rate them.
These ratings are sent back to the admissions office where they are
considered along with the rest of the application.

Getting into Pomona College and schools like it is not easy, and all the
musical skill in the world will not trump academics. But excellent musical
training WILL be considered very, very seriously.

Additionally, I hope you will mention that a school like Pomona may not
"scholarships" in the tradition sense, but it does have numerous perks that
function in a way similar to scholarships. These include: 2 years of
individual lessons that is completely covered by the college if one is on
even a penny of financial aid (and 4 years of lessons if one is a music
major); a 7-10 day tour by our elite mixed chamber singers (called, by
tradition, the Glee Club) that is fully paid for by the College, and so on.
Tours are usually to national destinations, but this year we will be going
to eastern Germany and Prague . . . again, fully paid for by the college.

Again, I think it's great that you're talking about all this with your
students. I just hope you help them see that "scholarships" are not the
only thing to look for.

I look forward to reading the compilation.
Donna M. Di Grazia, Ph.D. (musicology)
Associate Professor of Music
Pomona College

340 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

909-607-2452 (my office)
909-621-8155 (dept. office)
909-621-8645 (dept. fax)

The University of New Mexico has just begun to offer
scholarships, open to music majors and non-majors alike,
to sing in the choir. Presently we have one endowed
account, with two more expected to be completed before the
end of 2006. In five years we plan on offering 16 such


Bradley Ellingboe
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
My favorite incident I related to my students was this: Larry W. was an
ok, average singer in my hs choir. Yes, did madrigals and the musical,
but not a great singer. He went to a 2 year college (Vincennes
University) majoring in horticulture. They awarded him $400.00 a semester
to sing in the men~Rs glee club. It is not required that one be a music
major in order to get a music scholarship. The smaller the school, the
more they need solid singers!

Michael Wade, Elkhart, In

Non-majors can receive $400 per year for singing in our select mixed
choir of 44. We don't give very many of these, but it's my way of
getting fine singers who are not music majors. An audition is
required, the same one as for music majors. We ask for two contrasting
songs (not pop or country), plus we require a person to sight read and
then to sing back 6- & 7-note melodic patterns to ascertain how good a
person's ear is. I've used the same 7 patterns for 30 years. They tell
me lots.


Terry J. Barham, Ph. D.
Director of Choral Activities
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801
620-341-5436 (ph)
620-341-5601 (fax)

All of the state schools in Arkansas offer choral scholarships to
non-majors and majors. Several of our schools are of national-caliber
(singing at Divisional and National ACDAs and such)

*Arkansas Tech University - Russellville, AR - Gary Morris, Director
(2006 Arkansas Music Conference Honor Choir)

*University of Central Arkansas - Conway, AR - John Erwin, Director
(2004 SWACDA, 2005 ACDA)

*Ouachita Baptist University - Arkadelphia, AR - Charlie Fuller,
Director (2004 SWACDA)

*Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, AR - Dale Miller, Director (2006

All of these, especially the three state schools, offer tons of
stackable scholarship every year.

We have lots of other programs, but I wanted to just hit the high
points. Hope this helps!

W. Thomas Rickman
Choral Director
Harrison Jr. High School - Harrison, AR
(870)741-8503 - office

>From what I understand, Bill Hall at Chapman University gives as much as
60% to anyone worth the money...even non-music majors. He has 2 full rides
a year that he gives out as well. And with tuition and board being over
35K, that is pretty nice.

Have fun!


Arizona State University offers Choral Tuition Scholarships. They
almost exclusively go to music majors.

David Schildkret
Director of Choral Activities
Arizona State University School of Music

Director of Music
Scottsdale United Methodist Church

Music Director
Mount Desert Summer Chorale, Bar Harbor, ME

email: David.Schildkret(a)
phone: 480-965-3706
fax: 480-965-2659

Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, offers participation
scholarships to both music majors and non-music majors for anyone who
to sing. Academic scholarships based on ACT/GPA are also available.


Dr. R. Paul Drummond
Director of Choral Activities
Professor of Music
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO 65248

Please tell your students about Stillman College in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
We have a strong vital choral program and offer scholarships to singers
that range in size (based on talent) from $1000 to Tuition. We do not
require that the singer major in music. Please check out the website and
have them contact me for an audition date. We are looking for all voice
types and piano /organ majors especially will be given consideration.

Phillip Westgate, DMA
Director of Choral Activities/Asoc Prof of Music
205 366 8939

At Sul Ross, we offer Music Excellence scholarships to worthy singers from
both the University and the greater community. Students need not be a
music major to receive a scholarship. For TX residents our tuition is
relatively low, so even a couple hundred dollars is a significant boost
toward tuition.

Donald Callen Freed, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music-Vocal
Department of Fine Arts, Campus Box C-43
Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX 79832

Andrew College, in Cuthbert GA (not so far away) offers minimum $2000
scholarships to every student who passes the audition to sing in the
main choir. You do not need to be a music major to sing (although music
majors usually get higher scholarship offers). We are a private 2 year
college associated with the United Methodist church - further
scholarships are also available. Check us out at
For more information on the choral program, or to schedule an audition,
please contact me.


Vaughn Roste
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Andrew College
413 College Street
Cuthbert, Georgia
229-732-5912 (o)
229-732-2176 (f)


We offer activity scholarships of up to $3,000 per year for both majors and
non-majors who intend to sing in choir during their college years. For
info, our website is


Dave Gardner
David B. Gardner, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music,
Director of Choirs
Southwestern College
Darbeth Fine Arts Center
100 College Street
Winfield, Kansas 67156

(620) 229-6302
(800) 846-1543 ext. 6302 nationwide toll free
(316) 220-2600 ext. 6302 toll free from Wichita

Edgewood College in Madison, WI offers Fine Arts Grants to any
student wishing to continue performing in college, regardless of major.
High School seniors prepare two pieces for an audition. Awards range
from $500 to $1500 per year and are based on family need. It helps the
students to see the award based on a 4 or 5 year college career, hence,
the low end would translate to $2000 over 4 years, and the high end to
$6,000 for the same amount of time.

We also offer scholarships for truly outstanding students
regardless of major. They range from $1000 to $2000 per year (up to
$8,000 in the normal 4 year college career). In addition these latter
students automatically qualify for the former grant that I mentioned.
This could end up as a nice little package of about $14,000. In today's
tuition rates for our school, that would pay for 3/4 of one year's
tuition. Many of our students qualify for a host of other non-music
scholarships as well.

Hope this helps.

Joseph Testa
Director of Choral Activities

Yes, my university offers scholarships for singing in choir to majors and
non-majors alike, based on vocal and musical ability, of course.

Chuck Livesay

Dr. Charles Livesay
Director of Choirs
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
(517) 750-6498


Carroll College offers scholarships for singers regardless of major.
Auditionees may be awarded up to $3000 per year renewable for four years.
Scholarships of that amount carry the stipulation that the student
in two choirs and take voice lessons each semester.

Tim Cloeter
DMA candidate in Choral Conducting
University of Arizona
Director of Choral Activities
Carroll College (Waukesha, WI)

At Prairie View A&M University (small HBCU near Houston, TX) we offer
scholarships for music and non-music majors in the range of $200 - 1,000
per semester.

A. Jan Taylor
Director of Choral Activities
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX
(936) 857-3390

As the department of music manager at Albion College in Albion, MI, I can
speak to our department. We offer scholarships to majors and non-majors
alike, most of which require you to be a part of one of the ensembles
(choir, band, orchestra -- depending on your instrument). Some also require
private lessons. If I can provide further information, please email me at
mbabb(a) I would be happy to give any students further information
on our scholarships and music program.

Rev. Mark R. Babb
Director of Music Ministries
Coldwater United Methodist Church
Coldwater, MI
Centenary College, a private liberal arts college offers non-major
participation scholarships to singers of good quality voices that
demonstrate excellent musicianship through an audition process.
Centenary is a wonderful school with high academic standards and an
excellent music school that is strictly undergraduate and offers
numerous opportunities for performance. I would love to hear any of
your students that fit into this category.

Julia Thorn

Director of Choral Music Education
Centenary College
Shreveport, LA

We offer scholarships of $400/semester for 4 years to non-music majors who
sing in one of two larger choirs on our campus. We also offer housing
scholarships of up to $500/semester to exceptional talent (and our need).
Since our tuition is low anyway, students can really help their financial
situation by continuing to do something they love...

William Witwer, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities
Texas A&M University-Commerce
(903) 886-5284

We're a small Christian liberal arts college and offer "Music Activity
Awards" in choral, instrumental, and keyboard areas. The "strings
attached" for an award in the choral area are: continued participation
in a college choral ensemble and 4 semesters of private lessons during
their college career (either all four semesters up front or one semester
each year). The awards currently range from $1000 to $4000 per year and
are renewable for up to four years. Any student, not just music majors,
may audition for these awards. I'll be interested to see your

Benjamin Kornelis, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA 51250
The University of Oklahoma offered scholarships as
recently as last year. I assume they still do.

Gary Seighman gbs518(a)

on March 5, 2006 10:00pm
Kilgore College, a two-year community college located in East Texas, awards scholarships following auditions to many choir students, music majors and non-music majors. Scholarships start at $300 per semester and increase based high school honors (all-area, or all-state, or 1 rating on solo at state UIL) and/or possible concurrent enrollment in chamber choir. Some students receive above full tuition paid for by choir scholarships, since our tuition is so low.

Ryan Kelly
Director of Choral Activities
Kilgore College
on April 21, 2008 10:00pm
hello ,
Does anyone here know a scholarship in abroad like USA or Europe for asian conductors. I studied as voice major for one year but i just realise that i enjoy teaching choirs a lot.. Pls help me, coz i'm self supporting students.. Thanks.. Eugene..