Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Applications for all MacPhail Center for Music metro sites (Apple Valley, Chanhassen, Minneapolis, White Bear Lake) as well as for Austin, MN for the 2021-2022 school year open in April.

Financial aid awards are based on need.  The amount of financial aid is determined by a sliding scale, which takes into account household income and number of exemptions. View the financial aid grid.

For questions regarding our financial aid program please feel free to contact Student Services at 612.321.0100.

Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) helps Minnesota families who meet income requirements pay for educational afterschool programs including music lessons at MacPhail. MAA pays 75%* of the eligible education expenses for activities, up to $1,000 per child in grades K-12. This will help pay for approximately 30 half-hour lessons per year ($42.50 per half-hour lesson), which is the equivalent of an academic year.

How to get started:

1. Fill out this online application to determine eligibility. Please fill out a separate application for each participating student. ​

2. The application will be reviewed. You will receive an email with eligibility results.

3. If eligibility is determined, choose MacPhail Center for Music in your acceptance email’s list of current offerings. You will then fill out a questionnaire for music lesson placement.

4. Pay the required family contribution of 25%*. Then, MAA will add its 75% to the child’s account.

*Funds may be available to assist with the family’s 25% as well.

More information about After School Advance

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Coming in April

Financial aid is available to qualifying students in Austin, MN in the form of reduced tuition. Awards are determined on a sliding scale that considers family financial resources and number of dependents.

• Aid is limited to one activity per semester for new students
• Aid granted for fall semester is renewable for spring semester
• Summer aid is separate from fall/spring aid. Re-application may be required. Each summer varies, depending on available funding. Check our website in April prior to the summer semester for updates or contact Student Services with questions.
• Re-application is required for each new academic year

2020-21 school year application

For questions regarding the financial aid program in Austin, please feel free to contact Cheryl Berglund at 507.396.6730 or via email

Coming in April

Coming in April

Scholarships

MacPhail offers scholarships for instrumental and voice study. Awards are given to students of all ages and varying amounts.

Typically, scholarship auditions take place in-person during the last week of the spring term. Due to public health safety guidelines in place during the spring of 2020, MacPhail’s scholarships were administered through Acceptd, an online application and audition platform that services many colleges, universities, and art organizations.

This scholarship is open to students of all religious faiths who intend to use their music in religious practice and/or worship.

Application requirements:

– A video recording of two performances featuring two contrasting styles of music
This must be a recent performance, either public or private
The combined length of the video must not exceed eight (8) minutes of music

– A scanned PDF of the music/score for each piece performed in the audition video

– A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.

– A written essay by the student discussing the importance of music, and how that music will be used in the student’s religious practice/worship.

For composers of all ages this scholarship is for composition study based on the quality of original music submitted, potential as a composer, recommendation, and personal interest in music.

Application requirements:

– A composition dossier consisting of at least two separate compositions featuring different instrumentation/ensembles

– Audio recordings. While not required, students can submit audio recordings of their compositions

– A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.

– A written essay by the student describing their interest in the composition scholarship and what the student hopes to accomplish from composition study.

Awarded to students with financial need, as demonstrated by review of the student or parent’s most recent Federal Income Tax forms. Awards are granted to students who demonstrate a commitment to their music studies and financial need. Awards vary in amount and all are applied to one full academic year (fall and spring) for individual instruction. Some scholarships specify an age range and are awarded to individual instruments.

Application requirements:

– A video recording of two performances featuring two contrasting styles of music
This must be a recent performance, either public or private
The combined length of the video must not exceed eight (8) minutes of music
Please note: two of MacPhail’s need-based scholarship do NOT require a performance audition: Roy and Virginia Genaw Memorial Piano Scholarship and Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship. Two of MacPhail’s need-based scholarships DO require a performance audition: Bjork-Pederson Suzuki Scholarship (any instrument), and Elizabeth Drueding Voice Scholarship. Please see the 2020-21 MacPhail Scholarship Brochure for complete information for each scholarship requirements.

– A scanned PDF of the music/score for each piece performed in the audition video

– A Letter of Recommendation. Teachers will need to complete an online form behalf of the student. Once the student applies, the recommendation form will be e-mailed to the teacher’s e-mail address listed in the application.

The online application process through GetAcceptd accepts most commonly used file formats as well as video and audio formats, including MIDI files.

Any questions about scholarships can be directed to Jon Iverson, Student Performance Coordinator.

As to be expected, these scholarship auditions are very competitive. The judges comment time and again about the high level of performance and preparation on behalf of all applicants.

Congratulations to all students who submitted a scholarship application!

Kiara Amezcua, piano student of Miryana Moteva Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship
Fletcher Anderson, clarinet student of Nina Olsen Ruben Haugen Woodwind Scholarship
Madeline Bohn, violin student Kelly Lehr Robert Bland Memorial Suzuki Violin Scholarship
Shannon Braun, voice student of Mikyoung Park Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Josiah Chan, piano student of Miryana Moteva The Agnes Barnwell Sanders Kemp Piano Scholarship
Emily Chen, violin student of Kelly Lehr Robert Bland Memorial Suzuki Violin Scholarship
Ethan Cordeiro, piano student of Suzanne Greer Bjork-Pederson Suzuki Scholarship
Dominic Cudd, voice student of Thaxter Cunio Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Mark Evenson, piano student of Susan Sophocleus Roy and Virginia Genaw Memorial Scholarship Fund
William Feng, composition student of Sarah Miller Joan Miller Composition Scholarship
Atira Grose, piano student of Nancy Daley Edith B. Norberg Scholarship
Anders Holst, voice student of Thaxter Cunio Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Iris Hu, composition student of Sarah Miller Joan Miller Composition Scholarship
Sebastian Isett, piano student of Richard Tostenson The Gary Sipes Piano Scholarship
Maria Kim, piano student of Julia Elkina Chaya Gelfand Piano Scholarship
Steven Kim, voice student of Dennis Petersen Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Sarah Kleiber, piano student of Annette Lee Peter Jackson Keyboard Scholarship
Kathryne Krauel, piano student of Annette Lee Edith B. Norberg Scholarship
Autumn Langdon, voice student of Mikyoung Park Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Jaclyn Mack, voice student of Manon Gimlett Jessica Schwartzbauer McDonald Memorial Fund
Melissa Marsh, voice student of Mikyoung Park Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Silvia Miller, guitar student of Jean Seils Jerome Carlson Scholarship
Soren Miller, voice student of Thaxter Cunio Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Charlie Muellner, voice student of Mikyoung Park Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship
Lukas Murdych, guitar student of Brent Weaver Peter Jackson Guitar Scholarship
Zara Napp Anderson, piano student of Suzanne Greer Shin Tanaka Memorial Piano Scholarship
Julian Pone, piano student of Guna Skujina The Minneapolis Club Scholarship
Kris Potter, voice student of Mikyoung Park Edith B. Norberg Scholarship
Will Sedo, piano student of Annette Lee Theodore Bergman Piano Scholarship
Jessica Shao, piano student of Jose Uriarte Theone Walker Brown Scholarship
Kelsey Steller, voice student of Dennis Petersen Patricia E. Maher Vocal Scholarship
Erica Toepke, voice student of Alexandra Sapan Oksana Bryn Vocal Scholarship
Vladimir Tsiper, violin student of Lucinda Marvin Mary West Violin Scholarship
Alejandro Vega, voice student of Thaxter Cunio Willie B. Hale Vocal Scholarship
Aurora Weirens, percussion student of Bob Adney The MacPhail Instrument Scholarship
Marietta Wilcox, voice student of Manon Gimlett Mary Ann Kimball Vocal Scholarship

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