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Music Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available from the Department of Music and are awarded annually for both outstanding performance ability and musical leadership. Scholarships are awarded by the faculty to outstanding incoming music majors based on the entrance audition and requirements. These scholarships range in amounts from $1,000 to $12,000. Awards are renewable annually based on successful completion of scholarship requirements.
  • The Music Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a select group of music majors who demonstrate strong performance ability on their major instrument. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must not receive a grade below a "B" in their major applied instrument, must participate in touring and community outreach programs at least once a semester, and must perform in master classes held on campus.
     
  • The Music Education Scholarship is awarded to a select group of music education candidates who demonstrate strong academic and musical potential. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must not receive a grade below a "B" in any music education course, and must participate in at least three off-campus professional development events per year.
     
  • The Wind Ensemble Scholarship is awarded to woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists who demonstrate strong performance ability on their major instrument. Students must be actively enrolled as a music major or minor, must be enrolled in the Gordon Wind Ensemble each semester, must exhibit leadership qualities including promptness, preparedness and service to the ensemble, and must participate in touring and community outreach programs with the ensemble.
     
  • The Orchestra Scholarship is awarded to instrumentalists who demonstrate strong performance ability on their major instrument. Students must be actively enrolled as a music major or minor, must be enrolled in the Gordon Symphony Orchestra each semester, must exhibit leadership qualities including promptness, preparedness and service to the ensemble, and must participate in touring and community outreach programs with the ensemble.
     
  • The Strings Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a select group of string instrumentalists who demonstrate strong ability on their major instrument. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must not receive a grade below a "B" in their major applied instrument, and must participate in touring and community outreach programs with chamber music ensembles.
     
  • The Vocal Scholarship is awarded to voice majors who demonstrate strong ability in vocal performance. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must not receive a grade below a "B" in applied voice, and must participate in touring and community outreach programs with their primary choral ensemble.
     
SPECIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Apart from the general music scholarships, two scholarship programs are designated for outstanding incoming music candidates.

  • The Hannay Vocal Honors Scholars program was designed for a very select group of voice majors who demonstrate a high level of performance ability and great potential in vocal performance. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two incoming vocal majors. Students must be a declared music major, must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must demonstrate consistent progress in vocal studies.
     
  • The Gordon Honors String Quartet program was designed for a very select group of string majors (violin, viola and cello) who demonstrate a high level of performance ability and great potential in performance on their major instrument. The $8,000 to $12,000 scholarship is awarded to incoming string majors and is renewable annually. The program provides students with the opportunity to tour domestically and internationally, receive mentoring from distinguished faculty and visiting artists, and gain leadership opportunities and experience in the classroom and onstage.
     
  • The Music Guild Scholarship is awarded annually to one sophomore, junior or senior music major who has been selected by vote of the music faculty. The recipient must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and must demonstrate strong character, a record of service to the Department of Music and outstanding ability in performance or education.
     
  • The Presser Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding music major selected by the president of the college and the chair of the Department of Music. The award is a cash stipend of approximately $4,000 payable at the beginning of the student's senior year. The exact amount of the scholarship varies from year to year on the basis of the availability of funds and the number of awards that the Presser Scholarship Committee approves. This award is an honor award and the student, in his or her senior year is to be known as a Presser Scholar. 
     
  • The Bynum Scholarship

     
HOW TO APPLY FOR MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Auditioned incoming students are automatically considered for music scholarshipsno additional paperwork is necessary. All returning majors are eligible annually for department scholarships, awarded by the faculty for exemplary musical and academic leadership.

INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Gordon awards several merit scholarships based on academic achievement and excellence. Each year, more than 70% of first-year students receive a renewable, merit-based scholarship. Music students may receive institutional scholarships along with music scholarships. Learn more >>

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