Music Scholarships at CSB/SJU

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Incoming musicians are invited to apply for a music scholarship.

Apply for a music scholarship

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invite incoming musicians to apply for a music scholarship recognizing their musical abilities. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must first apply and be accepted for admission.

Scholarship amounts for the 2019-2020 academic year range from $1,000 to $4,000 and are renewable each year. Scholarships are awarded to those students with significant experience and success in music, but are not restricted only to students majoring in music. 

PLEASE NOTE: Not every student who submits a music scholarship application will be invited to audition in person. Select candidates are invited for an on-campus audition based off a faculty pre-screening of their recording, received by the January 15 deadline. 


  • To be eligible to receive a Music Scholarship, you must be an incoming student who has been accepted for admission to CSB/SJU (apply for admission).
  • Additionally, you must exhibit proficiency in vocal, instrumental or piano performance. Your application will be based on the Music Scholarship application, one recommendation, and an audition recording. See guidelines below.
  • Music Scholarships are for students who plan a continued involvement in music.
  • The scholarship is guaranteed through your sophomore year and is renewable for the junior and senior years provided you maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are recommended by faculty.
  • Most recipients of this award also qualify for additional financial and academic scholarships and grants, in which case the Music Scholarship becomes part of a larger financial aid package. Learn how to apply for need-based aid.


  • Apply and be accepted for admission to CSB/SJU for the fall 2019 semester. Apply online.
  • Submit the online Music Scholarship Application.
  • Have a music teacher or instructor complete the Art, Music and Theater Recommendation Form.
  • Send a recording of your playing to Deirdre Harkins. 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.


  • 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.


  • Deadline to apply for the February auditions is January 15. Submit all application materials electronically through the online application. If you are not able to send your recording via the online application, you may send your materials to the following address:

CSB/SJU Music Dept.
37 S. College Ave.
BAC 116A
St. Joseph, MN 56374


Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview and an audition. You will perform individually before music faculty. You will also have an opportunity to attend band, choir and orchestra rehearsals, visit non-music classes, faculty in other departments and have the option of an overnight student host for your stay.