Music Scholarship Application


The application is due January 5, 2015*

Steps to apply for a Music Scholarship and be considered
for an on-campus audition

1)Apply and be accepted for admission at CSB/SJU.
2)Submit the online Music Scholarship Application (scroll down to complete application).
3)Have a music teacher or instructor complete the Art, Music and Theater Recommendation Form.
4)Send a standard cassette tape, CD, or MP3 file recording of your playing to or to the address listed below.  The entire recording should not exceed six minutes in length. Please see below "Recording and On-campus Audition Guidelines" section to understand what your recording should include.

On-campus Audition Process (see next section for audition preparation details)

  • Once you have been accepted for admission at CSB/SJU and all of the above steps have been completed, the CSB/SJU Music Faculty will review your application and recording, and determine if you are selected for an on-campus interview and audition.
  • The on-campus audition and interview must be completed before a student can be considered for the scholarship.
  • Fine Arts Scholarship Days are February 1 and February 8. Out-of-state students may choose to come on the March 15-17 National Fly-in Weekend and interview at that time. Students also invited to interview for our Trustees' Scholarship may interview in the afternoon on those scholarship days. If you are an out-of-state student and the March 15-17 National Fly-in Weekend does not work with your schedule, please contact your Admission Representative to make arrangements for a different weekend.


Recording and On-campus Audition Guidelines

  • Guitarists will perform one solo classical guitar selection or excerpt of the selection and one selection of your choice in any style, ensemble or solo.
  • Instrumentalists will perform two contrasting selections (similar to state contest repertoire). Students will also be asked to sight-read an excerpt, and should be prepared to perform a three octave (strings), two octave (woodwinds), or one octave (brass) scale through four sharps or flats.
  • Organists will perform a representative work from Bach or his contemporaries and a short Romantic or Modern organ work; in lieu of one piece of repertoire, organists may choose to play two hymns or a hymn and another representative piece of liturgical music. Applicants should contact the music office to arrange an audition on one of our three large concert organs.
  • Percussionists will perform one snare drum and one mallet piece.  Students will also be asked to sight-read an excerpt and should be prepared to perform a two octave scale containing up to four sharps and four flats on a mallet instrument.
  • Pianists will perform two contrasting selections from the classical piano repertoire from the intermediate to advanced levels.
  • Vocalists will perform two contrasting selections from the classical solo vocal repertoire by composers such as Michael Head, Roger Quilter, Aaron Copland, Schubert, Haydn, Handel or the traditional Italian literature.  The audition will also include a brief 12-16 measure sight-singing segment.

Please note

  • Students cannot be considered for Art, Music and Theater Scholarships until they have been accepted for admission.
  • This application is to be completed by students who plan a continued involvement in music.
  • Students do not have to major in music to receive a scholarship.
  • Current CSB/SJU students are not eligible to apply for Fine Arts Scholarships.
  • Students must comply with the Music Scholarship requirements in order to maintain the Music Scholarship for four years at CSB/SJU. Compliance with the requirements will be met if the student is still participating in a major ensemble at CSB/SJU (Chamber Choir, Men's Chorus, Women's Choir, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, or Jazz Ensemble).  Keyboard (piano and organ) students can fulfill their scholarship requirement through participation in an ensemble of their choice, or by enrolling in MUSC 240-01A or 02A Ensemble Performance where they will accompany for Music Department instrumental and vocal applied studios or vocal ensembles (load is determined in consultation with the keyboard faculty).
  • Students may apply for more than one Fine Arts Scholarship; however, if they are awarded more than one, they may accept only one of them.
  • To learn more about the Music Department, visit

Timeline(the timeline for 2015 will be announced by September 1)

  • January 5, 2014* - Scholarship Application Deadline (steps 1 - 4 above)
  • January 25, 2014 - Applicants meeting the deadline will find out via e-mail if they are invited for an on-campus audition
  • February 1 and 8, 2014 - Fine Arts Scholarship Days
  • March 15-17, 2013 - National Fly-in Weekend for out-of-state students auditioning for Music Scholarship
  • Mid to late March - Music Scholarship awards are mailed


Deb Guertin, Dept. Coord.
CSB/SJU Music Dept.
37 S. College Ave., BAC 116A
St. Joseph, MN   56374
(320) 363-5796

*Applications submitted after this date cannot be guaranteed consideration.