Each year, Concordia gives talent-based scholarships to music majors and participation-based music scholarships to non-music majors. Recipients of these scholarships participate in ensembles and take private music lessons each semester to continue developing their talents and musicianship. These awards are renewable for four to five years.
Full-Tuition Music Scholarships
A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year to students intending to major in music and who demonstrate outstanding musical skill and potential. (See audition process below.)
Scholarships for Music Majors
Talent-based music scholarships in varying amounts are available to any student intending to major in music and who demonstrates skill on their instrument or voice. A video audition and scholarship application are required. (See audition process below.)
Scholarships for Non-Music Majors
Participation scholarships are available to non-music majors who intend to take lessons and participate in ensembles throughout their college career. (No audition required.)
To qualify for a music scholarship:
- Apply to Concordia and mark a Performance Scholarship Intent in music on your application.
If you've already applied to Concordia, make sure you let your admissions counselor know you're interested in a music scholarship!
- Submit your FAFSA.
- (Music majors only) Submit your scholarship application and audition.
Please note: this is a required step for your financial aid offer. We recommend you submit your application/audition within one month of being accepted to Concordia.
Accepting a Scholarship
If you are offered and accept a music scholarship, you will be required to:
- Take an applied music lesson each semester (1 credit; there is an applied music fee)
- Participate in a curricular ensemble each semester
Music Major Scholarship Audition Process
For Full-Tuition Scholarships
Auditions for full-tuition scholarships take place in two rounds. The first round is the submission of a video performance and music scholarship application, which must be received no later than October 15. Finalists selected for the second round are invited to Concordia's campus for live auditions in early December.
Scholarships for Music Majors
Talent-based scholarship auditions are accepted throughout the year for prospective students who are still in the university’s admission process. It is recommended that your audition and application be submitted within one month of being accepted at Concordia. The music department offers awards within a few weeks of receiving music scholarship applications.
Video Audition Guidelines
Students auditioning for the full-tuition scholarship must submit a video performance of no more than 10 minutes, including two pieces in contrasting styles. Music majors auditioning for a scholarship must submit a video performance of no more than 5 minutes, including one piece only.
- Voice: Perform a classical art song, aria, vocal jazz and/or musical theatre piece. (Foreign language is not required.)
- Organ or Piano: Perform any selection(s) from the standard repertory.
- Brass, Woodwinds, Strings: Perform a solo and/or etude from standard repertory.
- Percussion: Perform solo selection(s) from standard repertory on melodic and/or non-melodic percussion instruments.
- Guitar: Perform any selection(s) from the classical or folk genres.
You should have an accompanist where appropriate. Recorded accompaniment is allowed.
Academic and Performance Scholarships Available
There are a number of scholarships available for you at Concordia. Whether you’re participating in one of our performance areas, on one of the 22 athletic teams or for your academic achievements and faith background.