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Music Scholarships

The Department of Music at Gordon College is delighted to award renewable scholarships to a large number of incoming students—music majors, music minors and music ensemble participants—who demonstrate outstanding aptitude and interest in music. 

Music majors

Music Leadership Award and Music Education Honors Award
$18,000 per year ($72,000 over 4 years)

(Replaces all other Gordon aid.)

The Department of Music is pleased to award these signature scholarships to 12 incoming music majors (B.M. in Music Education, B.M. in Music Performance, B.A. in Music) each year who demonstrate exceptional musical abilities, and who exhibit the potential for musical leadership and service in their field. 

Music Leadership and Music Education Honors awardees benefit from strong mentoring relationships and a commitment to serving our communities now and in the future. Through the nurturing of their God-given musical gifts and passion, each student will explore their calling through an intentional, personalized approach that undergirds and supports their development as Christian musicians, educators, scholars, and performers. Throughout their time at the Department of Music, each student will experience life at the intersection of faith and music-making, and will develop a path forward through college and into the future where they will maximize their impact as leaders for Christ and the world

Program Description: 

The Gordon College Department of Music graduates musicians fully equipped for success in today's complex world. 

Each of the department's degree programs combines a performance-oriented, nationally accredited education with real-world experience, cultivating young adults who possess exceptional skill and knowledge, with the potential to have a crucial impact globally.

Music majors receive musical training and mentoring from highly accomplished faculty. They join a strong, supportive community dedicated to academic and musical excellence, and to living at the intersection of faith and the arts. Music students study, practice, learn, compose and perform in the Department of Music's state-of-the-art facilities.

Requirements:

Apply to Gordon College and the Department of Music no later than February 15, 2023.

Perform your audition by February 20, 2022. Live and Zoom audition dates are available in December, January, and February. 

Music Major Scholarships
$3,000–$4,000 per year

Scholarships for awarded to music majors who demonstrate outstanding abilities in performance and/or who show significant potential as future music educators. Music Major scholarships include: 

  • Strings Leadership Scholarship
  • ANFSO String Chamber Music Scholarship
  • Gordon Symphony Orchestra Scholarship
  • Symphonic Band Scholarship
  • Music Education Scholarship
  • Hannay Vocal Honors Scholarship 

These Music Scholarships are stackable and depending on a student’s merit-based academic scholarship, the total annual scholarship amount for a music major scholarship recipient could range from $11,000–$16,000 per year.

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 31, 2023, to be eligible for a music major scholarship. All scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming music majors based on their entrance audition and interview. Auditions run from December to April. Awards are stackable and renewable annually based on successful completion of scholarship requirements so long as the student is actively enrolled as a music major. Specific requirements regarding GPA, performances, professional development and departmental service may apply. 

Music minors

$2,000 per year

Scholarships for music minors are awarded to students who demonstrate well-rounded musical abilities and a willingness to engage and contribute to the Department of Music. 

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 31, 2023, to be eligible for a music minor scholarship. All scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming music minors based on their entrance auditionAuditions run from December to April. Awards are stackable and renewable annually based on successful completion of scholarship requirements so long as the student is actively enrolled as a music minor. Specific requirements regarding GPA and departmental service may apply.

Ensemble scholarships

Scholarships for ensemble participation are awarded to students who are not music majors or minors. These are awarded to eligible students who demonstrate a high level of musical proficiency, and a desire to participate in Department of Music ensembles during their time as a Gordon College student. 

$1,000 per year

  • David Rox Instrumental Ensemble Scholarship
  • Alton C. Bynum Choral Scholarship 

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 31, 2023, to be eligible for an Ensemble scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming students based on their auditionAuditions run from December to April. Awards are stackable and renewable annually so long as the student is actively enrolled each semester in the ensemble they have been assigned to. 

How to apply for music scholarships
Prospective students who have been admitted to Gordon and have auditioned for the music program (major, minor or ensemble) are automatically considered for our music scholarships—no additional paperwork is necessary. All returning majors are eligible annually for department scholarships, awarded by the faculty for exemplary musical and academic leadership.

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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 ➔

More Information
Find more info on scholarships or merit-based and need-based financial aid:

Department of Music
978.867.4273
[email protected] 

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