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


DEADLINE: January 15, 2019*
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 recording of your playing to Deirdre Harkins ( 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)

PLEASE NOTE: Not all applicants will be invited for an on-campus audition. CSB/SJU music faculty members carefully review submitted recordings to determine who will be invited for an on-campus audition.

  • Once you have been accepted for admission at CSB/SJU and all of the above steps have been completed, the CSB/SJU music faculty members will review your application and recording, and determine if you are selected for an on-campus audition.
  • The on-campus interview must be completed before a student can be considered for the scholarship. The on-campus audition dates are:
    • February 9 and February 23, 2019, for general music scholarship consideration.
    • For students able to submit scholarship materials earlier than January 15, an early music audition date will be held on December 8, 2018.
  • Out-of-state students may choose to attend the February 23-25 National Fly-in Weekend and interview at that time. Students are encouraged to contact their Admission Representative to make arrangements for a different weekend if the February 23-25 Fly-in does not work.
  • Students interviewing for our Trustees' Scholarship can schedule his or her music audition to be held the same day as the Trustees' interview. 

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 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
Time Line Recap
  • Apply and be accepted for admission.
  • November 15 – deadline for early music scholarship applicants.
  • December 8 – early music scholarship audition date.
  • January 15 – submit the Music Application, recording and recommendation form found at the top of this page.
  • Late January – students will be notified if they receive an audition and if so, they will be notified of the date, time and location.
  • February 9 or 23 – If selected, attend an on-campus interview and audition (out-of-state students, please see date options listed above).
  • Mid-March – students receive results.


Deirdre Harkins, Department Coordinator
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.


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 your years of music participation:
Please indicate your first and second choices for a personal audition time should you be selected for a live audition. Questions may be directed to Deirdre Harkins, Music Department Coordinator at 320-363-5796 or
I am unable to attend any of the above dates. Please email to make alternative arrangements.