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Obtaining Music Scholarships

Music scholarships at VCSU
Music scholarships at VCSU 
On-campus music majors and minors are eligible for renewable scholarships ranging from $500 to full tuition. Size of award is determined by: 1) High School GPA; 2) Performance Audition; and 3) Theory Placement Score.

Select ensemble participants are eligible for awards ranging up to $500, as determined by the needs of the ensemble and a private audition for the ensemble director.

An early application and audition (no later than April 1st) provides your best chance for scholarship dollars.

NEW Full-Tuition Scholarships!

VCSU is seeking quality brass musicians music majors to fill open positions in a featured VCSU Brass Quintet. Due to a generous donation from an alumnus, VCSU is able to offer 5 four-year full-tuition scholarships, one for each member of the quintet.

As part of their music curriculum, these players rehearse, perform, and tour frequently. They are responsible for performing with the VCSU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, and also function as a featured chamber ensemble with frequent tours to area schools and neighboring states, as well as on-campus performances. As a quintet, they rehearse and perform upper-level literature from the solo, quintet, and orchestral repertoire, and serve as the top brass chamber ensemble for the university.

These competitive, renewable scholarships are valued at over $20,000. For more information, please contact Dr. James Adams. Musicians not selected for one of the featured quintet scholarships may be eligible for other music scholarships offered by the department.

In addition to the scholarships for brass students, full-tuition scholarships for music majors with particular voice ranges or for selected instrumental primaries are also available, depending upon GPA, ACT score, and audition quality.

Undergraduate On-Campus Student Scholarships


Applying for a Scholarship

In fall of your senior year, schedule your audition with the VCSU Department of Music. Plan to perform on your primary instrument/voice and any secondary instrument on which you feel confident. Both majors and minors will take a music theory placement examination as part of the audition process. A score of 80% or above allows you to enroll in MUS 109 Music Theory I during freshman year. With a score of 79% or lower, you would enroll in MUS 101 Music Fundamentals, a course designed to prepare you for Theory I. Bring the following materials to your audition: completed Application to the Music Department (Information Form and Essay).

Complete the application to the University; pay a $35 admission fee; and apply for general financial aid and university scholarships. This is a second scholarship application: you may be eligible for general university awards in addition to music scholarships.
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Beth Gigante Klingenstein, Ph.D., Professor
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Ext 7269

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Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Ext 7272

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