College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
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Music Scholarship Application


DEADLINE: January 18, 2020
Steps to apply for a Music Scholarship
1)Submit the online Music Scholarship Application (scroll down to complete application).
2)Send the link to our Art, Music and Theater Recommendation Form to music teacher or instructor to complete.
3)Send an audition recording* to Dr. David Arnott ( The entire recording should not exceed six minutes in length. Please see the below "Recording Guidelines" section to understand what your recording should include. 
 *Recording formats can be MP3, MP4, Youtube link, or .mov file

We will begin reviewing your materials immediately upon receipt. CSB/SJU music faculty members will carefully review submitted recordings within 10 days to determine scholarship eligibility. 

    • We will be hosting a Music Exploration Day on Friday, Nov. 8. Students attending this event may arrive early for an in-person audition. 
    • If you have a campus visit scheduled prior to Jan. 18 of your senior year, you may arrange to audition in-person as part of your visit.
    • We will be hosting a Fine Arts Scholarship Day on Saturday, January 18Scholarships auditions times and music department tours will be offered.

Recording 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).
    • For live auditions**, 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. 
    • For live auditions**, 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 including but not limited to: Michael Head, Roger Quilter, Aaron Copland, Schubert, Haydn, Handel or the traditional Italian literature.
    • For live auditions**, the audition will also include a brief 12-16 measure sight-singing segment.
**No scholarship preference will be given to live auditions versus recorded. Live auditions will be offered prior to Music Exploration Day on Nov. 8, or can be completed during a regular campus visit as long as the visit takes place prior to Jan. 18 of the student's senior year. Live auditions will also be offered at Fine Arts Scholarship Day on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Please Note:

  • Students may be considered for a music scholarship at any time during their junior and senior year of high school.
  • Students do not have to major or minor 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:
    • 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 may fulfill their scholarship requirement by taking piano or organ lessons, participating 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

Dr. David Arnott,Chair, Music Department
CSB/SJU Music Dept.
37 S. College Ave., BAC 116A
St. Joseph, MN   56374
(320) 363-5796


Mailing Address

If you are doing a vocal audition, please indicate the range in which you intend to audition:
If you are doing an instrumental audition, please indicate the instrument(s) on which you intend to audition:
Please list your intended major and minor fields of study:
Please indicate all high school music participation and list years of participation:
High school music participation:
Please indicate how many years you have participated in each of the following:
Music scholarship applicants have the option of submitting an audition recording or auditioning in person on campus. Please indicate which you prefer. Questions may be directed to Dr. David Arnott, Music Department Chair at